06.21.2016
policy

Why Fewer Colorado Teens Are Getting High on Legal Weed

In weed-legal Colorado, do the youngs still get down with the get down?

Kids in Colorado are not super down with weed. And though the state has had a legal marijuana market in place since 2014, less mile-high youths are getting high, drunk, or even smoking cigarettes, than ever, according to a recently published findings from a Colorado health survey. 

From Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment:

"The survey shows marijuana use has not increased since legalization, with four of five high school students continuing to say they don’t use marijuana, even occasionally. Alcohol use continues to decline, with nearly seven of 10 saying they had not used alcohol in the past 30 days. And nine of 10 Colorado high school youth say they don’t smoke cigarettes, the highest rejection of smoking by high school youth in the past decade."

The results of this survey should be especially insightful for states still on-the-fence about implementing any  sort of medical or recreational pot program. After polling a said, 17,000 Colorado students, the state-gathered data has those students "30-day and lifetime use," of weed and other intoxicants, landing just around the national average.  And its actually parents, not safe and legal access to marijuana, which is the largest driving factor in whether or not kids will twist up a jay-bird by their own volition.

Image via Washington Post

"If a parent feels it’s wrong to use marijuana, their children are four times less likely to use marijuana," the survey found. "If a parent feels it’s wrong to smoke cigarettes, their children are six times less likely to smoke cigarettes. And if a parent feels it’s wrong to drink alcohol regularly, their children are three times less likely to binge drink." 

In other words, if parents don't want their kids to blaze, then they shouldn't take dabs with other dads in YouTube videos. Maybe the responsible parenting move is to just educate children about responsible substance consumption, and as evidenced, they'll come to their own conclusions regardless. 

But kids indeed still do lookup to their parents, so maybe start slow by not eating actual garbage in front of them. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration approved an adderrall-esque amphetamine disguised as candy––for children ages 6 and above, just this year. 

And the published data on declining teen-tree smokage, comes less than two weeks before the state will enact a ban on all THC-infused foods that, "resemble the form of animals, people, and fruit.” Of course the haters of weed gummy bears, and other cannabis-creature-foods, are saying they're doing it for the kids. And even legalization advocates note the importance of limiting underage access to cannabis, and increasing consumer education around the herb.  

Even though rebellious youngs in Colorado are actually turning up their collective nose at cannabis, opting instead to rob one another at gunpoint for hoverboards

To be young again. 

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