A study conducted by Monitoring the Future, a group located at the University of Michigan, indicates that the percentage of college students using marijuana daily or near-daily in 2014 has increased over recent years.
For the first time, cannabis consumption among college students has overtaken daily cigarette use, according to the study. A reported 5.9 percent of students use marijuana daily or near-daily, the highest rate since 1980, and an increase from the reported 3.5 percent in 2007. One out of every 17 college students is using marijuana almost daily, according to the surveys done by Monitoring the Future.
The rise in consumption can be traced to general change in public opinion on the dangers of marijuana.
While 55 percent of people ages 19 to 22 believed marijuana to be dangerous in 2006, that number has dropped to 35 percent in 2014.
The increased usage can be seen not only throughout college campuses, but also among high school seniors. Lloyd Johnston, the author of the study, commented about the stats that he and his colleagues discovered,
“It’s clear that for the past seven or eight years there has been an increase in marijuana use among the nation’s college students. And this largely parallels an increase we have been seeing among high school seniors.”
The Monitoring the Future study is in the 41st year of their national college surveys. With the expanding legalization and growing public acceptance of cannabis around the country, it will be interesting to see how the younger generation continues to grow with the increased acceptance of marijuana.