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I agree with you that teens shouldn't use marijuana, which is why I support regulating and controlling marijuana, as opposed to leaving it to unscrupulous drug dealers. According to the Center for Disease Control, it appears that our states medical marijuana regulations are working. Colorado began regulating medical marijuana businesses in 2009. Here is the data since then:
Teen marijuana use has stayed the same or is down in Colorado since Colorado began regulating medical marijuana
1. Colorado: Youth marijuana usage in Colorado went down 2.8% (24.8% to 22%) from 2009 to 2011.
2. National: Youth marijuana usage nationwide went up 2.3% (20.8% to 23.1%) from 2009 to 2011.
3. National v. Colorado: Youth usage in Colorado fell below the national average in 2011 (23.1% US v. 22.0% CO).
The availability of drugs at school down in Colorado since Colorado began regulating medical marijuana
1. Colorado: Availability of drugs on school grounds in Colorado went down 5% (22.7% to 17.2%) from 2009 to 2011.
2. National v. Colorado: Availability of drugs on school grounds nationwide is 8.4% higher than in Colorado (25.6% to 17.2%)
Additionally, in Adams County, where regulated medical marijuana businesses are banned, there is evidence showing that in 2011 Adams County’s teen marijuana usage rate was about 6% higher than the rest of Colorado (27.8 v. 22%). This supports the idea that regulating medical marijuana provides a better mechanism for limiting youth access to marijuana than leaving medical marijuana in the black market.
Here is a link to the CDC data:
Aug 13, 2012