Apr 27, 2016 8:20 AM

After Legalization: Colorado Report Shows Decrease in Teen Marijuana Use

Marijuana legalization has always been a complex issue, especially for parents who always worry about their children. Indeed, this topic raises many questions such as “Is marijuana a depressant?” or “Will pot legalization harm our future generation?”. While multiple studies prove that using medical marijuana for depression has already helped millions of people, we are still looking for an answer to the second question. Fortunately, a recent Colorado research showed that since marijuana had been legalized, the number of teenagers using weed had decreased.

It seems that pot legalization should have led to various problems, especially because it gives teenagers the green light to use it. There were a lot of adults who were against marijuana legalization because they thought it would show teenagers that cannabis was a safe drug, and it was acceptable to use it. (It is quite strange, however, that people do not worry about the close connection between alcohol TV commercials and teenage drunk-driving accidents.) But the recent data of the Colorado report showed that since marijuana legalization, the level of marijuana use by teenagers had declined. On the other hand, there are now more adults who smoke cannabis.


The Colorado anonymous surveys show that the number of high school students who admit to ever having smoked pot was 42.2 percent in 2005 and went to 36.9 percent in 2013. The number of students who admit to using cannabis at present also decreased from 22.7 percent in 2005 to 19.7 percent in 2013. Although the Colorado report shows the results of the 2013 surveys, there is some evidence to the fact that the same decrease was noticed in 2015.


Nevertheless, the cannabis legalization opponents use other figures, saying that marijuana use by Colorado teenagers increased by 20 percent since legalization. According to Massachusetts cannabis legalization opponents, it happened due to the commercial legalization of the cannabis industry.

It seems that while researchers are doing their best to provide Colorado citizens with objective information (although maybe, not very inspirational sometimes), the marijuana legalization opponents are trying to play games with those who allow themselves to be deceived.

We think that it is much better to tell the truth to teenagers. The thing is, there is a risk that if they eventually find out they were misguided about the marijuana issues, teenagers may think that some other drugs are also not as bad as they were told. If we want our future generation to be responsible and free to make their own choices, we should provide them with facts and statistics and not lie to them. Actually, while cannabis has already proven itself as an effective medication that can be used to treat various illnesses, it is plain and simple that the opponents of marijuana use teenagers and kids as a key factor in struggling against cannabis legalization.

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