Daily Marijuana Use in Teens Linked to Lower High School Graduation Rate

Teens under age 17 who use marijuana every day are 60 percent less likely to graduate from high school, compared with their peers who have never used the drug, a new study finds.

Teen marijuana users are 18 times more likely to become dependent on the drug, seven times more likely to attempt suicide, and eight times more likely to use other illicit drugs later in life, the researchers report in The Lancet Psychiatry.

The researchers analyzed date from three previous studies that included almost 4,000 participants, according to CNN. The teens in the study were followed until they were 30. The more frequently teens used marijuana, the greater the risks of the drug, the study found.

“The results provide very strong evidence for a more direct relationship between adolescence cannabis use and later harm,” said lead author Edmund Silins with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Australia. “The findings are particularly timely given the growing movement to decriminalize or legalize cannabis because this has raised the possibility the drug might become more accessible to young people.”

“Our results provide strong evidence that the prevention or delay of cannabis use is likely to have broad health and social benefits,” Silins noted in a news release. “Efforts to reform cannabis legislation should be carefully assessed to ensure they reduce adolescent cannabis use and prevent potentially adverse effects on adolescent development.”

An estimated 6.5 percent of high school seniors use marijuana daily or almost daily, according to the 2013 Monitoring the Future survey. The annual study looks at behaviors and attitudes of teens in eighth, 10th and 12th grades.

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    Michael Manry

    November 5, 2017 at 8:19 PM

    I have a 13 year old,he lives with his mother he started smoking marijuana and she can’t do anything with him he is out of control and violent so she is sending him to me next week I want him to get help soon as I get him in my care.
    I have to find a way to straighten him out before I lose my son to death or prison
    I’m worried about him.
    My number is (228)243-0317 (cell)
    Please contact me
    Thank you…

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    Mary Sholtis

    September 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I personally can attest to the validity of this research. My child was addicted to weed long before i was aware that addiction could occur. An honor student became a drop out, suicidal, and in need of intensive inpatient help in order to proceed with life in a successful manner. We found our child help, and others can too. There is HOPE. EDUCATE the masses please, marijuana can be VERY harmful to our teens.

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    Mary Sholtis

    September 11, 2014 at 12:35 PM


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    Dave Finch

    September 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Psychologists call cannabis the great demotivator. The voters of Colorado and Washington have been reckless in the way they have legalized marijuana distribution. And the state and local governments have worsened the problem by taxing sales so heavily the black market continues to compete with the legal retailers. Ergo, kids are taught pot is okay and the small time dealers are still there to keep them supplied.

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