A statewide research in California has discovered that hashish use by teenagers in the state has declined. Results of the California Healthy Kids Survey have been launched by the California Department of Education on Monday. The research is funded by the state’s well being and schooling departments and is carried out each two years.
According to the analysis, four.2 % of seventh graders reported that that they had used hashish at any time between 2015 and 2017. That determine represents a 47 % drop from the final survey when 7.9 % of seventh graders reported utilizing marijuana from 2013 to 2015.
Among ninth graders, 17.four % reported that that they had used hashish at a while throughout 2015 to 2017. That is a 25 % decline from the 23.1 % who reported utilizing marijuana in the earlier research.
Eleventh graders additionally confirmed a discount in marijuana use. In the final survey, 37.9 % of highschool juniors stated that they had used hashish between 2013 and 2015 whereas this yr’s end result for 2015 to 2017 recorded a 16 % decline with 31.9 % claiming hashish use.
The proportion of teenagers who had used hashish in the 30 days previous to the survey additionally declined. For seventh graders, the determine dropped from 5.zero % in the final survey to 2.three % for the newest one. For ninth graders, the drop was from 13.four % to 9.5 %, and for 11th graders, the quantity declined from 20.1 % to 16.7 %.
Will Legalization Affect Future Results?
The research’s authors famous that the survey was carried out previous to the legalization of leisure marijuana gross sales, which started in California at first of 2018.
“How the recent legalization of marijuana use for adults in California [affects] the declining trend among youth warrants attention,” they wrote.
“The next biennial survey will be of particular interest to shed light on whether the change in state marijuana laws [affects] these findings,” researchers added.
Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, stated in a press launch that educators have a task in ensuring that hashish legalization doesn’t result in elevated use by younger individuals.
“We must continue to be diligent in our efforts to prevent, or at least limit, marijuana use in light of the potential effect of the legalization for adults as a result of the passage of Proposition 64 two years ago,” Torlakson stated.
Cannabis Activist Responds
Ellen Komp, deputy director of California NORML, stated in a weblog publish from the advocacy group that the legalization of leisure hashish is definitely an element in the decline of use by teenagers.
“These initial reports confirm that legalizing and regulating cannabis doesn’t increase youth marijuana use, but rather it has the opposite effect,” stated Komp. “The fact that the biggest drop in reported use came from younger age groups is a particularly encouraging indicator of the success of regulation.”
Komp additionally stated that sound hashish coverage reforms are one of the simplest ways to maintain California residents and their communities protected.
“It’s time to stop trying to ‘send a message’ to young people about drugs and instead implement sound, science-based policies that best protect our children and public safety, along with our privacy and human rights,” Komp stated.