Federal Survey: Marijuana Use By Young People Declining

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Federal Survey: Marijuana Use By Young People Declining

Ann Arbor, MI: Self-reported marijuana use by teenagers has declined since 2010, according to annual survey data compiled by the University of Michigan.

Authors state that adolescents' use of cannabis has fallen slightly since 2010, while respondents' self-reported use of other drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, are at near-record lows. Young people also reported finding it harder to access cannabis, a trend that has stayed consistent since the late-1990s.

The conclusions are consistent with other studies finding that the enactment of state laws permitting the use of marijuana for medical or social purposes is not associated with overall rises in cannabis use by young people.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.