Impact on Youth

Marijuana use in adolescence or early adulthood can have a serious impact on a teen's life.

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Age of First Use and Marijuana Disorders

Addiction is a pediatric onset disease; 9 out 10 adults with a substance use disorder started using marijuana, alcohol, or nicotine before age 18.

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Marijuana Addiction and Rehab

1 in 6 youth who use marijuana regularly become addicted; Marijuana is the #1 substance for youth seeking treatment for substance disorder.

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Rising Potency of Marijuana

The average potency of today's marijuana is 18-23% THC, compared to potency in the 1970s which averaged

1–3%  THC.  

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Normalization and Youth Use

Marijuana store locations and exposure to advertising increases likelihood and frequency  of youth use.

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Correlation to Use of Other Drugs

Youth who use marijuana are exponentially more likely to use other drugs​ - 8x more likely to binge drink, 10x more likely to use other illicit drugs.

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Products Targeting Youth

Marijuana edibles are deceptively designed to resemble standard snacks, candy and treats but contain high levels of  THC

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Link to Negative Mental Health Outcomes

Early marijuana use is significantly linked to mental illness: schizophrenia, psychosis, depression, and anxiety.

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Decline in Academic Achievement 

Marijuana is linked to school failure, lower income, and poor quality of life; Persistent heavy use of marijuana is linked to a drop in IQ of up to 8 points

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Dangers of
Impaired Driving

After alcohol, marijuana is the substance most linked to drugged driving;  Drivers high on marijuana are twice as likely to crash.