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More older Americans using cannabis, underscoring need for research

1/11/17--Cannabis use among older adults in the US is on the rise, yet there is currently a lack of biomedical, clinical, and public health research to inform policy related to this trend, according to a new article. Read

NSDUH breaks down last year’s national marijuana usage

1/9/17--The latest data presented by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that states with recreational and medical legalization have higher rates of cannabis use, while states without legislation do not. While some aspects of the data may not be surprising, it does provide insight into what a difference a state line can make. Read

CDC: High use of marijuana among 10th graders

1/2/2017--A new CDC report shows a high use of marijuana among high schoolers. 18-percent of 10th graders use marijuana in Washington - one of many states where the drug is legalized for recreational use. The CDC says marijuana use among young adults can impair brain development, lower intelligence, and academic retention as well as several other mental health effects. Read

Did teen perception, use of marijuana change after recreational use legalized?

12/29/16--Marijuana use increased, and the drug's perceived harmfulness decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington after marijuana was legalized for recreational use by adults, but there was no change among 12th-graders or among students in the three grades in Colorado after legalization for adults there, according to a new study. Read

No change in Colorado teens’ marijuana use before and after legalization, study finds

12/28/16--Recreational marijuana legalization had no impact on how many Colorado teens use pot or on whether they think it is dangerous, but that could be because years of medical marijuana sales already had brought about changes in those measures, according to a new study posted on the website of the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Read

Study: Teen marijuana use up after being legalized in Washington

12/27/16--According to a new study by UC Davis, marijuana use increased and the perceived harms associated with marijuana decreased for adolescents in Washington state, where marijuana is legal for recreational use. The study shows adolescents in Washington state in eighth grade and 10th grade have fewer concerns associated with using marijuana since it became legalized. The study also shows those same age groups increased their use of marijuana after recreational legalization. Read

Survey: Marijuana use up, alcohol consumption down among Arizona teens

12/20/16--Marijuana use is up among Arizona teenagers and about one in five high school seniors said they had driven under the influence of marijuana in the previous 30 days, according to survey results released by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. Prescription pain reliever use also is on the rise, but alcohol use has dropped according to the survey of more than 57,000 students in eighth, 10th, and 12th grades from all 15 counties in Arizona during spring 2016. Read  

Marijuana is harder than ever for younger teens to find

12/13/16--In 2016, 8th-grade and 10th-grade respondents to the large Monitoring the Future survey gave the lowest-ever indication that marijuana was easy to get if they wanted it, a question posed to the groups every year since 1992. Only 34.6 percent of 8th-grade students said it would be easy to get marijuana, down 2.4 percentage points. Of 10th graders, 64 percent said it would be easy to get, also the lowest rate ever. Read

Teen use of any illicit drug other than marijuana at new low

12/13/16--Teenagers' use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco declined significantly in 2016 at rates that are at their lowest since the 1990s, a new national study showed. But University of Michigan researchers cautioned that while these developments are "trending in the right direction," marijuana use still remains high for 12th-graders. Read

Marijuana use, driving high on the rise: CAMH survey

12/7/16--A survey released Wednesday by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found that past-year cannabis use virtually doubled between 1996 and 2015, rising from about eight per cent to almost 15 per cent of respondents. Significant increases were found among all age groups, but especially among 18- to 29-year-olds, with the proportion of pot smokers jumping from about 18 per cent in 1996 to 38 per cent in 2015. Read

Legal marijuana in MA could mean ‘spike in arrests’ in NY

12/5/16--Top Rensselaer County law officials anticipate more arrests and possession tickets as a result of marijuana becoming legal in Massachusetts in 2018, mind according to The Troy Record. Troy Police Chief John Tedesco told the paper he considered a "spike in arrests" possible and said "preventative measures" like "undercover details and, certainly, vehicle stops," might be necessary. Read

Marijuana use gender gap widens, mainly among low-income

11/29/16--Americans have experienced a six percent increase in pot use among men earning less than $20, shop 000, corresponding to rising unemployment rate during the Great Recession, a new report outlines. Read

Backers and foes of legalized marijuana disagree on school impact

11/18/16--School safety and law enforcement officials, who had vigorously opposed Ballot Question 4, are warning normalization of the drug will cause significant problems in local schools. Worcester schools’ safety director Robert Pezzella says this is a big concern for a lot of people, and marijuana will become more accessible to teenagers. Meanwhile, Question 4 advocates believe the law is already cautious enough, and that fears of marijuana becoming more accessible to underage users are unfounded. Read

Teens overestimate marijuana use among peers

11/16/16--Recent research by Stanford developmental psychologist Bonnie Halpern-Felsher suggests that most adolescents dramatically overestimate how many of their friends use marijuana. In addition, adolescents who use marijuana themselves treat it as a stress alleviator. Read

Colorado youth marijuana use: up, down, flat? View the data and you decide!

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-10-58-02-pm10/27/16--The Denver Post published an article "Survey: Pot use among Colorado teens flat," based on the recently-released 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS). Rocky Mountain HIDTA has been inundated with inquiries regarding this article and, therefore, prepared a response for clarification and consideration by the reader. For purposes of the response, marijuana use refers to past month or past 30 days marijuana use that is the criteria used in the surveys. Read

How weed became a white girl thing

10/17/16--According to an article by Fusion writer Beca Grimm, when “Broad City” emerged in 2014 it showed marijuana’s growth in one corner of society, where young white women held down jobs and personal relationships, getting high often without completely going up in smoke. Although there doesn't seem to be much official census about how many women in the U.S. use marijuana, if recent media coverage (and legislative changes) are any indication, more and more women are sparking up. Read

America’s college students are getting stoned out of their gourds

9/11/16--Over a third of America’s college students admit to getting stoned out of their gourds at least once in 2015, according to a recently released national study. Also, approximately two-thirds of U.S. college students say they see no problem with using marijuana occasionally. Read

Pot use rises on college campuses, while other drug use declines

9/8/16--More college students are getting high on pot, and those who do smoke are getting stoned more frequently, according to the national Monitoring the Future study. Read

Parents are turning to marijuana more than teens, study suggests

9/6/16--A 12-year report from the Centers For Disease Control released Friday shows a surprising trend: older people ? and not teens ? are turning to pot at a more rapid rate. Read

Marijuana’s mainstream move triggers different kinds of family talks

9/5/16--Debbie Moak, who formally ran a nonprofit called Not My Kid and opposed the approval of medical marijuana, says addiction tears a family apart. "It becomes a disease of the family, and I've lived it, in the trenches," Moak comments. "I don't want to see this happen for any other family." Read

National estimates of marijuana use and related indicators

screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-12-55-42-pm9/2/16--This report represents, for the first time, an overview of national estimates for marijuana use and other related indicators among the U.S. noninstitutionalized civilian population ages 12 and older using 2002–2014 NSDUH data. The report includes at least seven important findings. Read

What scientific & medical journals & experts say about marijuana

8/26/16--Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy highlight several key points about what scientific & medical journals & experts are saying about marijuana. Read