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Adults or teens? Guess who’s smoking more pot in Ohio

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:00 PM


Wacky tobaccy. Weed. Dank. Hippie lettuce — call it what you want. Ohio adults are smoking more of it.

Adult marijuana use in Ohio increased to what is likely a record level from 2015 to 2016, according to a new federal report. The annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 1.2 million Ohioans, ages 18 and older, reported using cannabis at least once in the previous 12 months in a survey covering 2015 and 2016.

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Teen marijuana use remains low, less than half the level of the 1970s and 1980s, however it has increased in recent years. An estimated 109,000 Ohio youths, ages 12 to 17, smoked marijuana at least once the previous year, up almost 5 percent from a year earlier.

An estimated 24 millions Americans, ages 12 or older, used marijuana in 2016, according to the survey. About one in five young adults, ages 18 to 25, used marijuana nationwide in 2016. That’s more than 20 percent of young adults, or 7.2 million.


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