A state-funded health survey has found that marijuana use among teenagers in California — particularly middle school and high school students — has continuously declined from 2016 to 2017.
The 16th biennial CaliforniaHealthy Kids Survey, which was conducted between 2015 and 2017, showed that only 4.2 percent of Grade 7 students reported ever using cannabis.
According to researchers, they found a significant decline in cannabis use among tennagers over the last four years. From 10 percent of seventh graders having had cannabis in the 2011-2013 survey, there were only 7.9 percent of them in 2013-2015. The same decline has been found among ninth and 11th graders.
This trend proves that cannabis advocates were right in their argument that the legalization of recreational cannabis won’t lead to an increased level of consumption among school-age kids.
It can be recalled that in November 2016, California voters approved the legal possession, use, and cultivation of cannabis for recreational purposes. The measure is called Proposition 64. And while recreational cannabis was legalized in 2016, retail sales only started this year, on January 1.
According to California NORML’s deputy director, Ellen Komp, she finds the survey results encouraging, especially with the fact that the youngest age groups had shown the most relevant declines.
The results of the survey come admist speculation that the legalization of cannabis would only lead to a rise in consumption among children.
Recreational use has not contributed to any increase, but, on the contrary, it has even caused a drop. Komp said. She added that she hopes and expects to see the trend continue.