Marijuana Use Among Teens Declines Again in Arizona; Activist says Prosecutors Cherry-Pick Data


Arizona’s “top” prosecutors on Thursday urged the public to oppose cannabis legalization, warning that diverted medical marijuana is an increasing source of the drug for teens.
Problem is, these modern-day prohibitionists are cherry-picking their data from the newly released 2014 Arizona Youth Survey by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. And that report reveals something that’s arguably more interesting:
Marijuana use among teens, in general, appears to be continuing a remarkable decline.

The survey shows that wherever teens are getting their pot, fewer of them are getting it, period.
Following a trend observers of marijuana policy have noticed since the 2010 passage of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, the survey shows marijuana use has declined in 2014 among the state’s 8th- and 10th-graders compared to the results of the same survey in 2010 and 2012.
The survey isn’t a random, scientific survey, but rather based on the self-reported answers of thousands of Arizona students. (Just a thought: Since a teen may be hesitant to report use of any substance, especially an illegal one, the self-reported marijuana responses may be skewing slightly higher than they would a few years ago, because use of marijuana has become more generally accepted in society.)
More at the Phoenix New Times.