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Talking to teens about marijuana

Second to alcohol, marijuana is the most commonly used drug among youth in the United States. While use of most drugs among teens has decreased slightly, marijuana use has remained steady, and marijuana vaping is still a problem. Twenty two percent of 10th graders and 38.6% of 12th graders report having tried marijuana, a substantial decrease from 2020; 16.5% of 10th graders and 25.7% of 12th graders report having tried vaping marijuana. In addition, there has been a slight increase since 2019in the percent of 10th graders who report thinking marijuana is harmful and who report disapproving of marijuana use; however, for 12th graders there was a decrease in those who report thinking marijuana is harmful and who report disapproving of marijuana.


Related resources

Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know — National Institute on Drug Abuse — Offers parents tips for talking with their children about the drug and its potential harmful effects.

How to Talk about MarijuanaPartnership for Drug-Free Kids — Prepare yourself for what you’re likely to hear and find a few suggestions for how to respond.

Marijuana Anonymous — Find help to recover from marijuana addiction.

Marijuana and Public Health — Answers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to some of the commonly asked questions about marijuana.

Minnesota Department of Health: Office of Medical Cannabis — Information on medical marijuana in Minnesota.

Jodi Dworkin, Extension specialist and professor in family social science

Reviewed in 2022

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