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In December 2016, a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) survey of drug use, showed a decline of marijuana use among 8th and 10th graders. While this is encouraging, there continues to be a higher rate of marijuana use in states with medical marijuana laws. Over 38% of high school seniors in those states reported past-year use.

The pro-marijuana lobby has invested lots of money to convince teens that smoking cannabis is safer and has fewer consequences than alcohol or cigarettes. A recent RAND study found that teens in California who were exposed to medical marijuana advertising --- which had made the drug much more visible to people of all ages ---- were more likely to report using marijuana one year later.


Glamorization and wide-spread use of marijuana has removed any social stigma among youth. A disproportionate share of dispensaries resemble candy stores with lollipops, brownies, and gummy bears loaded with THC.

Marijuana Edibles

A teen doesn't necessarily need to smoke a joint to get high. Just eat it.

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In recent years, vaping has become a public health epidemic. Since 2014, e-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. In 2020, about 1 in 5 high school students in the United States reported using e-cigarettes in the past month. 3.6 million young people are currently using e-cigarettes — exceeding traditional cigarettes. 

September 28, 2020