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Teenage Marijuana Use Declines in Colorado After Legalization

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Smoke ’em if you got ’em…or not.

In 2014 the State of Colorado made it officially legal to possess and smoke marijuana. Millions rejoiced, and many are taking getaways to The Centennial State to take in not only the beautiful mountains, but also for the adult cigarettes. Oregon, Alaska and Washington are the only other states where you can obtain recreational cannabis. Many other states are discussing joining the bandwagon because it brings in a quite a lot of revenue for the state. Colorado alone took in $135 million in marijuana taxes ($35 million of which is to go to school projects). So you would think having the ability to get your hands on pot legally would encourage people to smoke more, but that’s not the case for some teenagers.

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The Poll

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment took a poll that showed that high school students in Colorado partake in smoking weed less than the national average of their peers. 21% of the state’s high school students had claimed to use marijuana in the previous 30 days. Before cannabis was made legal for recreational use, it was at 22%.

“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,” the department said in a statement.

Let’s all be cool.

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“These statistics clearly debunk the theory that making marijuana legal for adults will result in more teen use,” said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project.

Perhaps this is due to that fact that part of doing drugs as a teenager is that you are doing something forbidden. Rebelling against your parents and making yourself look cool may not seem so appealing now that the government is okay with it.