This article was originally published by CJ Arlotta of Wired magazine, to read the full post click here
With 23 states and the District of Columbia already having legalized marijuana in some form or another, critics of decriminalizing the drug or making it readily available for those with certain medical conditions may express concern over an increase in usage — but is there actually anything for them to be worrying about?
Published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a new report revealed that marijuana use among American high school students is drastically lower today than it was 15 years ago. Data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey revealed that 40% of teens in 2013 admitted to having had smoked marijuana, a decrease from 47% in 1999.
Even though usage of the drug is down, teens are still using it at a higher rate than other illegal drugs available to them, researchers noted in the study. Only 3% of those surveyed in 2013 had ever tried methamphetamines, down from 9% in 1999.
Renee M. Johnson, assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in an interview that his team examined a range of other substances being used by young people.