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Despite Legalization, Studies Show That Teen Marijuana Use Isn’t Growing

People who oppose the legalization of marijuana argue that changing the law will encourage more teenagers to try the drug and will lead them to more dangerous substances like heroin, ecstasy and amphetamines. But a new study provides fresh evidence that contradicts both of those assertions.

The latest installment of an annual survey on drug use by teenagers, published on Wednesday, shows that the percentage of young people using marijuana has held steady even as more states have legalized medicinal and recreational use of the drug. And fewer teens are using more dangerous drugs like heroin.

Furthermore, the percentage of high school students using cigarettes and alcohol has fallen to the lowest level since 1975, when the study first began. The survey, called Monitoring the Future, is conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. [Read more at The New York Times]

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