Not everyone is getting higher in 420-friendly states.
Marijuana use has plummeted with young people in states where pot has been legalized for recreational use — despite reports that weed has blown up with teens across the country in recent years, a new study shows.
The study — released Monday by the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics — found that recreational pot legalization was linked to an 8-percent drop in high school students who reported toking up in the last 30 days.
Additionally, researchers said there was a significant dip among those who said they got high at least 10 times in the same period, falling 9 percent from when recreational pot wasn’t legal.
The findings come after an American Journal of Public Health study revealed Wednesday that pot use among high-schoolers nationally increased from 0.6 percent in 1991 to 6.3 percent in 2017.
Mark Anderson, one of the JAMA Pediatrics paper’s co-authors, insisted their study isn’t just blowing smoke.
“Just to be clear we found no effect on teen use following legalization for medical purposes, but evidence of a possible reduction in use following legalization for recreational purposes,” Anderson told CNN. “Because our study is based on more policy variation than prior work, we view our estimates as the most credible to date in the literature.”
Researchers said they looked at self-reported marijuana use from 1.4 million high school students to determine the findings. The data was analyzed from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual surveys between 1993 and 2017.
The paper didn’t determine why teen marijuana use has gone up in smoke for states with legal pot — but noted that licensed dispensaries require proof of age.
“In a few years, it would make sense to update our estimates as more data become available,” Anderson told CNN.