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As Pot Legalization Spreads, More Teenagers Are Lighting Up

Thursday February 18th, 2021

By: Robert Priedt
Source: US News

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As pot gains in acceptance among adults, teenagers appear to be more tempted to try it, a new study out of California finds.

After the state legalized marijuana use for adults in 2016, teens' use of the drug also climbed after years of steady decline.

Researchers analyzed survey data from more than 3 million seventh-, ninth- and 11th-graders, who answered questions about their marijuana use from the 2010-11 school year through 2018-19.

In the final two surveys, the question about marijuana use was changed to include the words "smoke, vape, eat or drink," to reflect the growing variety of marijuana products.

Between the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, after pot was legalized for adults, there was a 23% rise in marijuana use over the past 30 days and teens' likelihood of lifetime use rose 18%.

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