The self-reported use of marijuana by teenagers continues to decline nationally, according to federal data reported by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Wellness Solutions Administration (SAMHSA).

Commenting on the information, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano stated, ““Regulation and education is a a lot more successful and a a lot more preferable tool to discourage youth use and access than is criminalization.”

“A pragmatic regulatory framework that permits for the legal, licensed industrial production and retail sale of marijuana to adults but restricts its use amongst young men and women – coupled with a legal atmosphere that fosters open, truthful dialogue involving parents and youngsters about cannabis’ possible harms – most effective reduces the dangers connected with the plant’s use or abuse. By contrast, advocating for the marijuana’s continued criminalization only compounds them.”

The agency’s 2018 report finds that previous-year marijuana use by these ages 12 to 17 has fallen regularly because 2002, from 15.eight % to 12.five %. Given that 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the 1st states to regulate adult use access, previous-year youth use has fallen eight %.

By contrast, self-reported cannabis use by older Americans has risen in the course of this exact same time period.

The federal information also reports a constant year-more than-year decline in the prevalence of so-referred to as “ marijuana use disorder” amongst teens – a acquiring that is consistent with other research.

Separate evaluations of marijuana use patterns particularly in cannabis legalization states show tiny if any adjust in cannabis use or access by teenagers. Information published on-line in JAMA Pediatrics in July reported that states with “recreational marijuana laws had been connected with an eight % reduce in the odds of marijuana use and a nine % reduce in the odds of frequent marijuana use” amongst teens.

For a lot more details, see the NORML fact-sheet, “ Marijuana Regulation and Teen Use Prices.”


NORML‘s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the accountable use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for customers to assure they have access to higher-high quality marijuana that is secure, easy, and economical.

Come across out a lot more at www.norml.org and study our factsheets on the most widespread misconceptions and myths with regards to reform efforts about the nation at www.norml.org/ marijuana/truth-sheets

Supply: NORML press release