Cannabis is being legalized at a rapid rate in more areas, however, a new study shows that that does not necessarily equate to a higher popularity of pot among teenagers. While it is true that the disapproval of marijuana among adults has decreased, it does not mean that adolescents feel a change about the drug. Those conducting the study showed that in kids between the ages of 12 and 14 who strongly disapproved of the drug has increased over 5%. In 2002, 74% of kids in this age range expressed strong disapproval while, in 2013, 79% expressed disapproval.

Many were surprised by these results due to the continued legalization of the drug according to Christopher Salas-Wright, a lead researcher on the study published on September 16th in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Wright is also an “assistant professor of social work at the University of Texas at Austin.” In the study researched review data from 70,000 randomly selected people from the age of 12 and up. There were three age groups (ages 12 to 14, ages 15 to 17, ages 18 to 25). This data was accumulated from 2002 to 2013 in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health

To add on to looking at how the younger of the two age groups looked at cannabis use, the researchers took a view at the change in the rates of pot over the eleven years. The percentage of teenagers using marijuana has decreased; in 2013, 4.5% of teens reported using pot compared to the 6% in 2002. The older group dropped from 26% to 22% over the same time-period.

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