Teen Cannabis Use Plummeted Last Year

Social isolation during the pandemic has had a host of negative impacts on young people and teens. But there is one silver lining. In 2021, teen consumption of illicit substances including marijuana, alcohol, and nicotine “decreased significantly,” according to a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

The Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey has tracked adolescent drug behavior and attitudes for more than four decades. The latest survey, conducted February to June of 2021, involved 32,260 students across 319 schools.

While youth consumption of all illicit substances declined last year, marijuana use accounted for the steepest drop. That was the case despite more states legalizing cannabis in some form. The decline is the latest evidence that legalization measures have not led to increased youth cannabis use, as anti-marijuana activists predicted they would.

Read more at Marijuana Moment.


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