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Obtaining Marijuana Easy for Youths

NCJ Number
Date Published
August 2001
4 pages
This report summarized the results of the 1999 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse concerning exposure to marijuana among youths aged 12 to 17.
According to the 1999 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 57 percent of youths aged 12 to 17 reported that it would be fairly easy to very easy to obtain marijuana if they wanted it. Forty-two percent of these respondents further reported that a few, most, or all of their friends used marijuana. While 25 percent of youths responded that marijuana was readily available in their neighborhoods, one in six respondents claimed to have been approached by someone selling marijuana. Black and Hispanic respondents were more likely than whites or Asians to report more than one risk factor associated with marijuana use, such as knowing an adult who used marijuana. Those experiencing high risk factors were significantly more likely to report marijuana usage in the past month. 3 Figures