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Teen Pot Use in Colorado Dropped by 35% in 2021, Study Says

· Jun 23, 2022

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Cannabis use among Colorado teens has dropped significantly over the past two years, further demonstrating that legalization is the most effective deterrent to underage pot use.

According to a biennial state survey conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, high school students were 35% less likely to get stoned last year than they were pre-legalization. In the most recent installment of the survey, only 13% of Colorado high school students said that they used cannabis within the past month. Back in 2013, before the state's adult-use dispensaries opened for business, more than 20% of high schoolers said they got high.

The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) also reports a decrease in the number of students who have ever tried cannabis. The percentage of high schoolers who had smoked pot even once in their lives…

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Cannabis use among Colorado teens has dropped significantly over the past two years, further demonstrating that legalization is the most effective deterrent to underage pot use.

According to a biennial state survey conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, high school students were 35% less likely to get stoned last year than they were pre-legalization. In the most recent installment of the survey, only 13% of Colorado high school students said that they used cannabis within the past month. Back in 2013, before the state's adult-use dispensaries opened for business, more than 20% of high schoolers said they got high.

The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) also reports a decrease in the number of students who have ever tried cannabis. The percentage of high schoolers who had smoked pot even once in their lives…