CDC: Young People Say Marijuana Is Becoming Less Available

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 2, 2016

    no_marijuanaProhibitionists often claim that legalizing and regulating marijuana will increase youth access to the plant. But newly released federal data says just the opposite.

    Fewer young people are reporting that marijuana is ‘easy’ to obtain, according to an analysis released this week by the US Centers for Disease Control.

    Investigators from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the CDC evaluated annual data compiled by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health for the years 2002 to 2014. Researchers reported that the percentage of respondents aged 12 to 17 years who perceived marijuana to be “fairly easy or very easy to obtain” fell by 13 percent during this time period. Among those ages 18 to 25, marijuana’s perceived availability decreased by three percent.

    Researchers further reported that “since 2002, the prevalence of marijuana use and initiation among U.S. youth has declined” – a finding that is consistent with numerous prior studies.

    By contrast, authors reported an uptick in use among adults. However, they acknowledged that this increase in adult marijuana consumption has not been associated with a parallel increase in problematic use. There has been “steady decreases in the prevalence of marijuana dependence and abuse among adult marijuana users since 2002,” the study found. Those adults experiencing the greatest percentage increase in marijuana use during the study period were respondents over the age of 55.

    A separate analysis of the data published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry similarly acknowledged no observed increase in marijuana use disorders. A previous assessment of marijuana use patterns since 2002, published earlier this year in JAMA Psychiatry, also reported a decline in the percentage of adults reporting problems related to their marijuana use.

    Full text of the CDC study, “National estimates of marijuana use and related indicators – National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2002-2014,” appears online here.

    23 responses to “CDC: Young People Say Marijuana Is Becoming Less Available”

    1. ashley roachclip says:

      PART 2 Please post!!

      Lies: Opponents have stated that marijuana is bad for you and addictive. There is NO Scientific basis for these claims. MANY recent studies, one printed in the July 22, 2016 Lowell Sun, have found just the opposite: that many legal drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco, are far more harmful to persons and society.

      Gateway Drug: cigarettes and alcohol have been proven to be addictive and often lead to the use of hard drugs. In contrast, NO Scientific evidence has shown a link between the use of pot and hard drugs.

      Disrespect for Law Enforcement: The banning of marijuana has caused widespread isolation between otherwise law abiding citizens and the police. The police NEED the public’s support but marijuana discrimination makes them fearful and far less likely to support them.

      Anti Legalization Groups PROFIT from legal and illegal pot sales. Large amounts of money have been passed around to defeat question 4, by people who are in the Medical Marijuana business, as well as those who profit from its illegal sales.

      Unfair Debate: Anti-marijuana groups, with their money, have received wide press coverage. Pro-pot individuals get essentially NO PRESS, as they fear political and police reprisals.

      Safety: Legal sales will help prevent toxic additives from being mixed with street marijuana, especially with edible products.

      Recreation: Although not Scientific, the moderate use of Marijuana does seem to greatly increase art and music appreciation!

    2. Joe says:

      How can a cartel profit from competing against legal high quality marijuana. It is financially impossible unless they open a front dispensary and sale exported low quality marijuana. The thinking that a cartel will be avail to complete in a legal market is a slogan for the DEA. The cost of production alone will not let them profit add to that having to pay taxes on exported marijuana. OK so you argue they will no pay taxes and bring it illegally. Well, NO! they will not be avail to complete, because the US marijuana industry have to count each plant from germination to processing. How can this be done, when regulation is monitor by multiple means. That is why pot is been difficult to fine now. Imagine if it was legal in all states.

    3. Professional Researcher says:

      What’s up there fellas? Good discussion. As far as teenagers no one can tell them anything. I have done quite a bit of research on the cannabis and so happened that the documentaries on it dictate that it’s been around for quite a lot longer than people care to know. in any case another focal point here is that we’re the only species on the planet that has the identical molecule as the plant. Our body creates the same molecule. Why wasn’t the Medical Society of the day not invited to the hearing before it was legislated as a dangerous substance especially on the same list as narcotics a schedule 1 drug.I look at it it’s more of a criminal offense that they made it a law and then turned around and started to incriminate people under that law with felony convictions. Think how many families lives were destroyed under a the schedule 1 drug status.that is totally totally unconstitutional and totally not ethical What they should do is look at every case and dispose of those convictions because I think it was then utilized to strip people of their rights by charging them with that felony charge. It’s much deeper then anyone can imagine.

    4. Things rapidly changed in the last 2 years or they surveyed hermits. You can buy Cannabis and all Cannabis related products like flower, hemp & CBD Oil online now. Local dispensaries also sell it without checking medical cards. Expect the access and availability to continue to grow and I look forward to helping educate and teach more about the medical benefits.

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