With marijuana now legal for recreational use in Colorado and Washington State, for medical use in 18 states and the District of Columbia, and effectively decriminalized in 14 states, it’s clear that society’s approach to marijuana is changing dramatically. This report sought to learn more about what parents today believe about marijuana use and the risks it may or may not pose to adolescents; medicalization, decriminalization and legalization; and how parents think marijuana, if legal, should be regulated so as to protect young people.
This survey found clear changes in the cultural landscape surrounding marijuana. Key findings include the following:
The Partnership at Drugfree.org collaborated with Batten & Company, a subsidiary of advertising agency BBDO Worldwide, which in turn enlisted an independent researcher, Whitman Insight Strategies to field an online survey of 1,603 adults in early March of 2013. Of the 1,603 adults surveyed, 1,200 were parents of children ages 10-19. Of the 1,200 parents, 200 were from Colorado and 200 from Washington State, allowing researchers to analyze parent attitudes in these states where marijuana was legalized in November 2012.