Teen marijuana use declined from 2019 to 2021—and hit a record low since 2011—according to a federal biennial report that was released on Monday. The declines in cannabis consumption by young people come as a growing number of states are legalizing it for adults—contrary to fears long expressed by opponents of the policy change.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) showed that 16 percent of high school students reported past 30-day cannabis use in 2021, compared to 22 percent in 2019.
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The percentage of students who use marijuana has generally hovered in the low 20s for the past decade, according to the YRBS results. Use of other substances like alcohol and prescription opioids is also trending in the “right direction,” CDC said.
Interestingly, while overall youth cannabis use has declined, the survey found that “the percentage of female
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