Students: We’ve Never Had Such A Hard Time Finding Marijuana

Despite the rush of states to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, high school students report that finding marijuana has become harder than ever. Even though this continues a decades-long trend, experts have no explanation, especially in light of how adult consumption has increased over time.

“I don’t have an explanation. This is somewhat surprising,” says Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which commissions the annual survey.

“We had predicted based on the changes in legalization, culture in the U.S. as well as decreasing perceptions among teenagers that marijuana was harmful that [accessibility and use] would go up. But it hasn’t gone up,” she says.

“We’re seeing that more people in the U.S. except for teenagers are taking it,” Volkow says. “The rates of increases are highest among young adults 18-24, so one would expect that would translate to the adolescents, but apparently it has not.”

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