Perceptions and usage of marijuana among young adults are changing, new research finds, with disapproval going up among young teens.

The University of Texas at Austin published a study in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse which indicates that overall use between younger adolescents aged 12-14 has declined by 2.5 percent from 2006 to 2013. Those who expressed disapproval of marijuana use in the same age group increased from 74 to 79 percent.

The kids feel differently about weed these days. Image 1.

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Among the group of young adults between ages 18-25 who were surveyed, disapproval of marijuana use has declined from 41% in 2002 to 23% in 2013. However, no significant increase in usage was observed during this time period.

These results indicate, as paper author Christopher Salas-Wright has said, that “overall, our results suggest that important changes are underway in the perception and use of marijuana among American youth." Focusing on local and state levels in the next challenge in determining accurate results.

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