Despite marijuana legalization in some states, new data from an ongoing survey reveals fewer 8th graders know how to find pot easily, according to a Dec. 13, 2016, article at U.S. News & World Report.
Since 1992, the Monitoring the Future survey has asked 8th graders and 10th graders if they could easily get marijuana. In 2016, 34.6 percent of 8th graders self-reported they could easily access weed, down 2.4 percent from the previous year.
Among 10th graders, 64 percent said finding pot would be easy, the lowest point for the group in the survey’s history, although only a statistically tiny drop from 2015.
Monitoring the Future has been asking high school seniors about getting pot since 1975. This year, 81 percent said they could access it with little trouble, which is a statistically very small increase since 2015 when the percentage had hit its lowest point in the survey’s history.
Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which commissions the survey, said she had expected the numbers to increase due to legalization in some states, along with the changing perceptions about pot among teenagers.
“We’re seeing that more people in the U.S. except for teenagers are taking it,” Volkow said. “The rates of increases are highest among young adults 18-24, so one would expect that would translate to the adolescents, but apparently it has not.”