Opponents of marijuana legalization have long warned that ending prohibition will cause rates of use among teenagers to skyrocket due to increased availability and less concern about the potential harms associated with getting baked on a regular basis.
But yet again, new evidence shows the concern is unfounded.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report Tuesday that found that in 2015, the most recent year with complete data, 21.7 percent of students in grades 9-12 reported using weed at least once over the past month. That figure is “not measurably different” from 2013, when the first recreational marijuana laws took effect in Washington and Colorado, according to the report.
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