Just in time for legislators considering the medical marijuana bill.
Researchers from the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study report that marijuana use among teenagers is up sharply since 2008, from casual tokers to hardcore potheads.
- past month use is up 42 percent
- past-year use is up 26 percent
- lifetime use is up 21 percent
The study says that the last time marijuana use was this widespread among teens was in 1998 when past month use of marijuana was at 27 percent. Among so-called “heavy users” who light up 20 or more times a month, the numbers have risen 80 percent since 2008, to about 1-in-10 teenagers.
Certainly, our marijuana laws are a waste of law enforcement money. Medical marijuana seems like a good idea. But you can’t look at these figures and not ask yourself whether we want a nation of high school stoners.