This story proves that the best way to keep kids away from drugs, is to make them “uncool.”
Studies by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment have shown that teen ganja use has gone down slightly since the state legalized recreational pot-smoking in 2012.While the dropdown is only about 2 percentage points down from before weed smoking became legal, it is still a far cry from the claims of the drug warriors that legalization would destroy America’s youth.
Via The Washington Examiner:
“Even if it’s not statistically significant, Colorado is bucking the nationwide trend,” said Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “You couldn’t argue that marijuana use is somehow worse among teens in Colorado than other states or the nation as a whole.”
Another data point that should hearten Colorado’s concerned parents, via the Phoenix New Times: National teen marijuana consumption has gone up a few points in the previous years; so Colorado’s high schoolers don’t seem to have hiked up their pot consumption since it became legal. Thus, legal-weed opponents seeking data that indicates legalization hurts teens may have to look elsewhere.
While these results might surprise some, they haven’t really raised eyebrows in Colorado’s cannabis business community. Kayvan Khalatbari, a businessman who co-founded the state’s second-oldest marijuana dispensary, said people shouldn’t have expected teen weed consumption to go up after legalization.
“Cannabis, now that it’s legal, kind of is an old person’s drug,” he said. “It’s something that kids are seeing adults use all over the place. It just doesn’t seem as cool to kids anymore.” Read More…