Opponents of marijuana legalization have long argued that it will only lead to increased use in teens, but a new study has proven that to be wrong.
The latest Washington State Healthy Youth Survey found that the 2016 rate of teen marijuana use has remained steady since the state voted to legalize the substance in 2012, reports the Washington Post.
The state-run survey of 37,000 middle and high school students found no measurable effect on the rate of teen marijuana use, either from the state’s 2012 decision to legalize recreational use, nor the 2014 implementation of retail dispensaries.
“The data coming out of Washington and Colorado strongly suggest that those states’ legalization experiments, which began in earnest in 2014, are not causing any spike in use among teenagers,” wrote the Post’s Christopher Ingraham.
The Healthy Youth Survey also falls in line with surveys from Colorado, which saw a sharp decline in teen marijuana use during 2014 and 2015, despite the state’s popular reputation for legal cannabis.
While the data comes as little surprise to cannabis advocates, even federal authorities such as the…