Study: Marijuana disapproval rate down among Millennials

A new study from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work identified an interesting trend in marijuana usage and disapproval of the drug among young adults.

The study — which was published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abusecollected data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health between 2002 and 2013. According to a press release issued on Monday, responses were aggregated from 105,903 younger adolescents (ages 12 to 14); 110,949 older adolescents (ages 15-17); and 221,976 young adults (ages 18-25).

Among adults aged 18 to 25, the study identified a downward disapproval rating — from 41% to 23% — with only a marginal 2% spike in marijuana usage.

“What explains this?” asks Christopher Salas-Wright, an assistant professor at UT-Austin and lead author of the study.

“It is hard to know,” he says. “[But] the rise of medical marijuana, the relaxing...

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