Last week the Oregonian published an article in which the author clearly promotes teen marijuana use. In the article "Oregonians smoke the second most marijuana in the U.S." the author Lizzy Acker states:
"Oregon smokes the second most marijuana of any state in the United States. Guess who's No. 1?
Yeah, it's Colorado. Don't worry, guys. We'll get there."
Acker continues by citing the SAMHSA survey, that we used in a previous article, saying that her source 24/7 Wall St used that survey in which people 12 years an older were questioned on their past year marijuana use to compile their stats. Quoting the article with palpable excitement she says "nearly one in five people aged 12 and older in Oregon have used pot in the past year." She didn't say 1 in 5 people, no she said 1 in 5 people 12 and Older. And right after that she quotes a disturbing statistic in that only 18.3% percent of Oregonians 12 and older perceive there to be a risk of using marijuana at least once a month. When you look at the stats (Left) regarding perceived harm you will notice that its correlation to use is almost a mirror image.
A new survey came out of Colorado recently that claims teen tobacco use is at an all-time low, Alcohol is the drug of choice and that Marijuana use among teens in Colorado has not gone up. In fact, the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, suggests that teen marijuana use has actually gone down.
In talking with a few people that are in the know in Colorado I have found that the Healthy Kids survey did not use complete data. It appears that two of the biggest school districts in the state were not included in the survey data. Colorado Springs School District 11 declined to participate in the survey due to the compliants of parents from a prior internal survey to the state survey. With D11 refusing to participate that eliminates about 28,000 kids from being included. Lewis-Palmer School District 38 also did not participate in the survey with a District Representative stating that "This survey has raised a great deal of concern across the state,".