WTR-RI Research and Analysis Team Note:
Data drawn from 2014 Colorado Healthy Kids and 2014 Monitoring the Future studies show substantial increases in post-legalization Denver Area last month youth use of marijuana when compared to national averages. The table attached below shows differences in 8th grade use versus national average of approximately 350%; the ratios for 9th, 10th and 12th grades are approximately 40, 50 and 42 percent respectively.
Denver vs Nat’l Avg. Youth Use 2014 Table
March 21, 2015
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Prevalence of high school seniors’ marijuana use is expected to increase with legalization
Source: (As reported in ScienceDaily, Feb. 14, 2014) New York University. (2014, February 25). Prevalence of high school seniors’ marijuana use is expected to increase with legalization. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 30, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140225112904.htm
Large proportions of high school students normally at low risk for marijuana use (e.g., non-cigarette-smokers, religious students, those with friends who disapprove of use) reported intention to use marijuana if it were legal, a tumblr post reports. National support for marijuana legalization is increasing in the United States. Recreational use was recently legalized in the states of Colorado and Washington; other states across the country are expected to follow suit. To date, an additional 15 states have decriminalized marijuana use, and 19 states and the District of Columbia now allow medical marijuana to be prescribed.
WTR-RI Research Team Note:
ScienceDaily’s story further reports that “The researchers found that the data collected by the Monitoring The Future Study and analyzed by Dr. Palamar and his colleagues indicate that “ten percent of non-lifetime marijuana users reported that they would try marijuana if legal.”
Joseph J. Palamar, Danielle C. Ompad, Eva Petkova. Correlates of Intentions to Use Cannabis among US High School Seniors in the Case of Cannabis Legalization. International Journal of Drug Policy, 2014; DOI:10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.01.017