Marijuana Use Highest It's Been Amongst College Students, Study Says

(WXYZ) — The use of marijuana among college students in 2018 was at the highest level seen in the past three and a half decades, according to a study from the University of Michigan.

UM's annual Monitoring the Future Panel study also says vaping of marijuana and nicotine doubled for college students between 2017 and 2018.

According to the study, 43 percent of full-time college students aged 19-22 reported using marijuana at least once in the past 12 months. The five-year trend, from 2013 to 2018, increased by 7 percentage points. Twenty-five percent reported using at least once in the prior 30 days. The study says both levels are at historic highs since 1983, when they were 45 percent and 26 percent, respectively.

I'm not surprised one bit! With the state of Michigan deciding to make it legal to use marijuana recreationally, it has taken a lot of stigma out of using. So many of these college students pull up to a frat party and think to themselves "I could give it a try! After all, it's legal right?". This is honestly a giant step for the next generation. While any use of marijuana is forbidden by federal law, there are so many people who have access to recreational use. And with pot-smokin' rascals running around U Of M, there is a good chance that this could influence recreational use for all. Sooner or later.

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