Annual Youth Survey Data Shows Little Change in Self-Reported Cannabis Use Trends

Ann Arbor, MI: Annual survey data finds that self-reported marijuana use by young people has remained stable since 2012 when the first two states enacted adult-use cannabis legalization.

According to the Monitoring the Future report published in 2019, the percentage of young people reporting lifetime cannabis use, annual use, and use within the past 30 days has changed little since 2012 and remains well below 1999 levels. However, among those adolescents who report using cannabis, a greater percentage than ever before are vaping it.

Teens’ self-reported use of alcohol and several other controlled substances continues to be at record or near-record lows.

By contrast, the percentage of 8th and 10th graders nationwide reporting having consumed cannabis daily has risen since 2012, particularly among 10th graders.

In July, an assessment of data compiled by the Youth Behavior Risk Survey reported that there has been an overall decline in self-reported marijuana use by young people residing in states that have regulated the substance for either medical or recreational purposes.

Additional information on marijuana regulation and adolescent use patterns is available from the NORML fact-sheet, "Marijuana Regulation and Teen Use Rates."