A new federally funded survey has shown a decrease in marijuana abuse among teens in the last two years, further dispelling the myth that legalization will increase teen use. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s most recent biennial Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS) survey, 21.7% of U.S. high school students reported using marijuana in the past 30 days. This is slightly less than 2013’s 23.4% and is a 3.6% decrease from 1995. These most recent results indicate a statistically significant downward trend in past-month marijuana use since 1995 and a downward trend in lifetime use since 1997. Even with federally funded surveys such as YRBS, 2015 Monitoring the Future, and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health all concluding little or no change in teen use over the past three years, opponents of marijuana legalization still attempt to make the public believe that legalization will cause higher consumption from teenagers.
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