Unlike adults, the teen brain is actively developing and often will not be fully developed until the mid 20’s. Marijuana use during this period may harm the developing teen brain.
of high school students report having used marijuana in their life.
Negative Effects Include:
Research shows that marijuana use can have permanent effects on the developing brain when use begins in adolescence, especially with regular or heavy use.
Frequent or long-term marijuana use is linked to school dropout and lower educational achievement.
Research shows that about 1 in 6 teens who repeatedly use marijuana can become addicted, which may lead to giving up important activities with friends and family in favor of using marijuana.
How Marijuana Effects Driving
The number of self-reported marijuana users is increasing. In 2014 there were 7,000 new users of marijuana per day.
After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often linked to drugged driving.
13% of night time, weekend drivers have marijuana in their system; this is up from 9% in 2007