It looks like another of the socially conservative taboos in America is drawing in the young, and stupid. Not only are the college kids of America rushing out to have their skin inked as the new right of passage in coming of age, but now they’ve discovered marijuana and are consuming it at a rate that would make the medical Mary Jane pushers proud.
Marijuana use among college students spiked to its highest rate in 35 years, according to a study published Thursday by the University of Michigan.
The study showed that in 2018, 43 percent of full-time college students ages 19-22 reported using marijuana at least once in the previous 12 months. One-quarter of students reported using marijuana at least once in the last 30 days.
According to the study, the annual and 30-day “prevalence levels” are at historic highs since 1983, when 45 percent of college students said they used marijuana in the last year and 26 percent reported in the last 30 days.
Forget alcohol. If there was ever a gateway drug to a serious addiction problem, weed is it. This has been demonstrated. Not only that, recent studies indicate that the drug stays in the brain long after consumption.
And that’s not even the worst of it. High school students are following suit.
Among high school graduates of the same age who were not enrolled in college full time, 43 percent reported using marijuana in the last year, while 27 percent said they used marijuana in the last 30 days. Researchers said the reported use within the demographic marked the highest levels since the 1980s.
The number of students who said they vaped marijuana in the last 30 days rose by 5.7 percentage points between 2017 and 2018, according to the study, with 5.2 percent of college students saying they vaped marijuana in 2017 compared with 10.9 percent of students who said the same in 2018.
“This doubling in vaping marijuana among college students is one of the greatest one-year proportional increases we have seen among the multitude of substances we measure since the study began over 40 years ago,” said John Schulenberg, principal investigator of the Monitoring the Future Panel Study.
And that is scary for the future since these kids are it.