UT Study: Marijuana use down in teens, disapproval up

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Austin (KXAN) – New research from The University of Texas points to some surprising trends about marijuana use among teens.

Since 2002, the proportion of adolescents reporting marijuana use has decreased and more younger adolescents report strong disapproval of marijuana use. Adolescents aged 12 to 14 are twenty five percent less likely to use. Teenagers between 15 and 17 are also about twenty six percent less likely to use the drug, according to the findings.

“Our results may suggest that recent changes in public policy, including the decriminalization, medicalization and legalization of marijuana in cities and states across the country, have not resulted in more use or greater approval of marijuana use among younger adolescents,” social work professor Christopher Salas-Wright said.

The study could provide guidance to policymakers and educators who are focused on marijuana use.

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