Study Shows Student Marijuana Use Remains At Last Year’s Levels

The annual Monitoring the Future study on drug use and adolescents showed that attitudes about marijuana and its use not only remained at the same level as last year’s figures, but that attitudes about marijuana are more permissive as the school grade level advances.
The survey is conducted annually at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Three sets of students are surveyed: 8th graders; high school sophomores; and seniors.
The students were asked about the perceived harm of marijuana smoking. The percentage of students who felt there was a “great risk” in smoking marijuana lowered as the grade level rose. Almost 24 percent of seniors said occasional marijuana use posed a great risk, whereas 33.5 percent of sophomores and 45.7 percent of 8th graders felt there was a great risk in marijuana smoking.
Almost 40 percent of seniors said they have used marijuana in the past year while 23.1 percent said they smoked marijuana in the last 30 days. Six percent of seniors said they were daily marijuana smokers.
Eighty-nine percent of seniors, 78.2 percent of sophomores and 48.4 percent of 8th graders said they felt marijuana was either “fairly easy” or “very easy” to purchase.
“Despite a perpetual multi-billion dollar tax payer funded anti-marijuana propaganda campaign, children admit that they have more access to marijuana than alcohol,” said Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director. “If society is not feigning its concern for its children — it will adopt a public policy that controls marijuana distribution in a manner similar to alcohol.”
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director at (202) 483-8751. To view the study go to: www.monitoringthefuture.org.