New survey data gathered by the City of Denver suggests that most teens who live in the city aren’t using cannabis.
According to The Denver Post, while daily cannabis consumers who are teens have increased slightly since young students were last surveyed, the reported numbers are still low. Out of 537 teens in 2019, ages 13 to 17, 81 percent claimed they don’t use cannabis. Out of 18-year-old polled, 61 percent do not consume cannabis.
Of all those polled, 57 percent claim they have never used cannabis, down from 59 percent last time. Eighty-two percent of male teens and 90 percent of female teens claimed they don’t use cannabis. While the number of teens who have used cannabis once or twice increased from 21 percent in 2018 to 24 percent, and the number of daily users went from one to three percent, numbers overall remained low.
Ashley Kilroy, executive director of Denver Excise and Licenses, who manages the High Costs youth program to keep teens away from cannabis, feels good about these findings. “After Denver became the first major city in America with legalized retail marijuana, many other cities and states turned to us to learn how we successfully regulated marijuana,” Kilroy said in a statement. “The verdict is in that scare tactics are not successful with youth. Providing them facts about marijuana is the most effective youth education and prevention approach.”
Since cannabis was first legalized in Colorado, there has been anxiety about minors using it. However, another study by Healthy Kids Colorado that looked at the whole state and not just Denver found that 81 percent of Colorado teens don’t use cannabis.
Denver has never shied away from the spotlight when it comes to progressive drug policy. Denver was the first city to legalize psilocybin mushrooms, and the city is also moving toward social consumption.