In the two years leading up to legalized adult recreational cannabis in California, marijuana use has been in steady decline among teens, according to a state-funded health survey.
The 16th biannual California Healthy Kids Survey, conducted between 2015 and 2017, has shown that only 4.2 percent of seventh graders reported ever using marijuana, which displays a continuing trend of decline in use since the 10 per cent found and 2011-13 survey and the 7.9 per cent found in 2013-15.
Either that, or kids have just learned how to lie better.
While the raw data doesn’t give precise reasoning for the decline, the survey suggests that the use of alcohol and other drugs is down as well, and that there is a greater sense of disapproval of these vices, according to an article in the Press Democrat.
It’s important to reiterate that these figures were gathered before the state legalized adult recreational use in 2018. It is true, however, that public opinion on cannabis has been moving in this direction for a while now, a fact which has not led to an increase in underage use, according to this report.
If this trend continues into the first two years of legalized recreational use, it’ll prove what we all already know - if your parents are doing it, then it’s no longer cool.