Topic: Legalization of Marijuana: How is this Impacting our Youth

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Initially, the message teens were receiving was, "If it's medicine, it must be okay." More recently, the message is, "If it's legal, it must be safe."

The National Institute for Drug Abuse's annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey show that teens' perception of marijuana's harmfulness has gradually decreased over the years, which usually signals future increases in use among youth.

In the most recent MTF survey, only 41.7% of eighth graders see occasional use of marijuana as harmful. As they grow older, that percentage decreases: only 20.6 percent of 12th graders see occasional use of weed as harmful.

As more and more states make medical marijuana use legal and more make recreational use legal, teen perception of the harm it can cause is diminished.

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