Despite fears that the legalization of marijuana might encourage use among adolescents, the rate of marijuana use among teenagers has dropped to its lowest point since 1994. Among youth between the ages of 12 and 17, marijuana usage has been on a downward trend since at least 2002, even though recreational marijuana shops opened in 2014.
Currently, 6.5 percent of individuals in this age range use marijuana on a monthly basis, based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health .
The same survey from 2014 reported that 7.1 percent of youth aged 12 to 17 used marijuana on a monthly basis compared to 8.2 percent in 2002. Marijuana use among teenagers is declining regardless of whether it is legally available to some members of the public.
In contrast, the same survey found that marijuana use among adults aged 18 to 34 is at …