Legalized marijuana states have dramatically higher marijuana use rates

​States that legalized marijuana have dramatically higher marijuana use rates among teenagers and young adults compared to national averages. Read this key analysis by former DA Monte Stiles and the Idaho Office of Drug Policy on the latest data from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
States that have legalized marijuana have dramatically higher marijuana use rates among teenagers and young adults compared to national averages. When youth marijuana use rates in these states are compared to Idaho, the difference is staggering.
Source: SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2015 and 2016
Here are a few keys points from this survey.
  • Of the top 27 states for marijuana use in the 12-17-year-old category (teenagers), 24 states legalized marijuana in some form, and 14 of these states are medi-pot only.
  • Of the top 27 states for marijuana use in the 18-25-year-old category (teenagers, college students, young married people with children), 24 states legalized marijuana in some form, and 15 of these states are medi-pot only.
  • Rhode Island is the top state for 12-17 year olds. Their number is 55% higher than the national average and 82% higher than Idaho. Rhode Island is medi-pot only.
  • Vermont is the top state for 18-25 year olds. Their number is 88% higher than the national average and 160% higher than Idaho. Vermont is medi-pot only.
Comparing Idaho youth use rates with neighboring states that have legalized, here are the numbers:
Oregon – 12-17: 45% higher than the national average, 69% higher than Idaho
Oregon – 18-25: 50% higher than the national average, 108% higher than Idaho
Nevada – 12-17: 28% higher than the national average, 69% higher than Idaho
Nevada – 18-25: 50% higher than the national average, 24% higher than Idaho
Montana – 12-17: 25% higher than the national average, 46% higher than Idaho
Montana – 18-25: 50% higher than the national average, 62% higher than Idaho
Washington – 12-17: 17% higher than the national average, 37% higher than Idaho
Washington – 18-25: 50% higher than the national average, 58% higher than Idaho
Colorado – 12-17: 34% higher than the national average, 57% higher than Idaho
Colorado – 18-25: 50% higher than the national average, 119% higher than Idaho