How Teens in the US View Marijuana

A survey released by the National Institute of Health found that the risks of marijuana use by teenagers in the United States was at the lowest levels in years.

When asked if they thought that occasional use of marijuana was harmful, 41.7 percent of eight graders said that it is. When asked if regular use of the drug was harmful, 66.9 percent of eight graders stated agreed with the statement. The percentages for both questions was at the lowest levels since the federal government started asking the age group these questions in 1991.

When the question was asked to 12th graders, 20.6 percent stated that occasional use of the drug use was harmful, and 44.1 percent stated that regular use of the drug was harmful. The reported amount was the lowest levels for high school seniors since 1979.

In 2012, roughly 6.5 percent of 12th graders smoked cannabis daily, up from 5.1 percent in 2007.

Source:  Associated Press, “Federal survey finds teens’ perception of marijuana dangers falls to 20-year low despite risks,” Washington Post, December 19, 2012.