Teen Marijuana Use Dropped Dramatically In Colorado In 2021, State Study Finds

Teen Marijuana Use Dropped Dramatically In Colorado In 2021, State Study Finds
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Adolescent marijuana use in Colorado declined significantly in 2021, according to the latest version of a biennial state survey released on Wednesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Healthy Kids Colorado Survey found that young people were 35 percent less likely to use cannabis in 2021 than in prior years, continuing a trend that contradicts prohibitionist arguments that legalization would lead to skyrocketing youth consumption. Colorado was one of the first states to legalize marijuana for adult use, and so data on underage consumption has been a focal point for both advocates and opponents of reform. What this latest survey shows is a substantial decline in use for high school students over the past two-year period. To be sure, the data on significant reductions on marijuana use for those under the legal limit in the most recent time period covered is likely influenced by the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has kept students in socially restricted settings—consistent with analyses of federal survey findings on drug trends amid the health crisis. Still, advocates say that the survey data over time going back to 2013 reflects a broader trend with respect to marijuana, demonstrating how regulating access for adults minimizes the risk of adolescent cannabis use. In the new report, CDPHE found that just over 13 percent of those students surveyed said that they’ve used marijuana in the past 30 days. Compare those to nearly 20 percent in 2013, when the department’s biennial survey launched. Colorado voters approved a legalization ballot measure in November 2012, and legal adult-use sales began in 2014. Marijuana Moment chart, using CDPHE data (Note: Ages 16 and 17 were in separate categories for 2021 but are averaged here.) In 2019, nearly 21 percent of adolescents surveyed said…

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