Teen Marijuana Use Has Been Declining Since Legal Dispensaries Started Opening, Federal CDC Study Shows

May 5, 2023 – Even as more states have moved to legalize marijuana, rates of current and lifetime cannabis use among high school students have continued to drop, newly released federal data shows.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), published last week, found that teen use of all monitored substances—including marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs—has “decreased linearly” over the past decade.

The latest data from the biennial survey shows that 15.8 percent of high school students reported using marijuana at least once in the past 30 days in 2021—down from 21.7 percent in 2009 and significantly lower than the record high of 23.4 percent in 2013. Click here to read the full article in Marijuana Moment.

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