How many teens use marijuana?

Posted on May 31, 2018


Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States by teens as well as adults. Recent public discussions about medical marijuana and the public debate over the drug’s legal status is leading to a reduced perception of harm among young people. In addition, some teens believe marijuana cannot be harmful because it is “natural.”11 But not all natural plant substances are good for you—tobacco, cocaine, and heroin also come from plants.

 72.0% of high school seniors do not view regular marijuana smoking as being very harmful, but 64.7% say they disapprove of regular marijuana smoking.

Below is a chart showing the percentage of teens who say they use marijuana.

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