WA: Cannabis Legalization Has Not Increased Teen Usage

WA: Cannabis Legalization Has Not Increased Teen Usage

The Guardian jointWashington State legalizing cannabis has not led to an increase in teens using the substance, according to a study compiled by Washington’s Healthy Youth Survey and published by the Washington State Institute of Public Policy.

Between the period of 2002 to 2014, self-reported cannabis use has fell among 8th graders, 10th graders and 12th graders. More 8th graders now report that cannabis is “hard to get” than did in 2002, despite laws regarding the plant being liberalized for adults.

Between 2012 and 2014, the period in which Initiative 502 was passed by voters and enacted into law, self-reported lifetime cannabis use and use within the past 30 days either stayed the same or fell among all of the age groups.

The study concludes that “cannabis use and access among students in 6th through 12th grades have changed little from 2002 through the most recent survey in 2014.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.


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