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Youth Marijuana Use Does Not Increase With Legalization, Study Shows

Data from a new survey by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows rates of marijuana use among teenagers are unchanged (actually slightly lower) after legalization.

The numbers prove that legalization does not put pot in the hands of kids, as many opponents to the 2012 legalization effort argued.

The data also shows that in 2015 21 percent of Colorado youths  used marijuana in the last month — slightly fewer kids than the national average, and down slightly from the 2009 numbers (25 percent).

Nearly 17,000 middle and high school students were surveyed.

“The survey shows [youth] marijuana use has not increased since legalization, with four of five high school students continuing to say they don’t use marijuana, even occasionally,” a Colorado health department spokesperson said in a press release.

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