Saturday, March 7, 2020

Underage cannabis use drops after legalization

Teen cannabis use is on the decline, while adult use is increasing overall: StatsCan | The Growth Op - Emma Spears:

February 20, 2020 - "Legalization seems to have put a damper on teens’ enthusiasm for cannabis consumption, perhaps indicating yet again that the best way to discourage teens from doing something is to get their parents into it. While cannabis use has increased in almost all age demographics across Canada since federal legalization came into force in October 2018, teenagers saw consumption decline, according to new numberts released by Statistics Canada.

"Pre-legalization, the number of teens aged 15 to 17 who reported having consumed cannabis over the past three months was just under 20 percent. Post-legalization, that number has dropped to just over 10 percent....

"A larger group of 15- to 24-year-olds also showed slightly declining rates of use, although they largely remained steady. Approximately 27.6 percent reported using cannabis within the past three months pre-legalization; post-legalization, that number had declined to 26.4 percent.....

"[A]ll other age demographics demonstrated increased cannabis use since legalization. The most dramatic bump was among 25- to 44-year-olds, who reported a 3.2 percent increase post-legalization, followed by 18- to 24-year-olds, who reported a 2.5 percent increase ... with 45- to 64-year-olds reporting an increase of users of just 1.9 percent, and seniors (those aged 65 and older) reporting a rise of just 1.8 percent."
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Another Survey Shows Teen Marijuana Use Declines After Legalization | Fresh Toast - Brendan Bures

March 3, 2020 - "And now, Denver is finding similar results.

"City officials surveyed 537 teenagers in 2019, so they could statistically measure how their High Costs campaign — a youth marijuana education program — affected consumption habits. According to the results, 81% of Denver teens ages 13-17 say they don’t currently use marijuana. Only 18% of male adolescents in that age range reported using marijuana, down from 27% in the previous year’s survey."
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