Teens who smoke marijuana daily are over 60 percent less likely to graduate from high school than their peers who never use, according to a study released this month.
According to The Lancet Psychiatry, a British health research journal, teens who smoke marijuana daily are “also 60 percent less likely to graduate college and seven times more likely to attempt suicide,” per the Washington Post report. The researchers found “clear and consistent associations between frequency of cannabis use during adolescence and most young adult outcomes investigated, even after controlling for 53 potential confounding factors including age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, use of other drugs, and mental illness,” according to the summary of their report
Their findings conclude that adolescent cannabis use results in “adverse young adult outcomes.”
Cully Stimson, manager of The Heritage Foundation’s National Security Law Program, isn’t shocked.
“The results of the study are not surprising, and only add to other studies that have shown a similar disturbing result,” said Stimson.
“Other research,” he adds, “shows that adolescents who smoke marijuana every weekend over a two-year period are nearly six times more likely to drop out of high school than nonsmokers, more than three times less likely to enter college than nonsmokers, and more than four times less likely to earn a college degree.”
Researchers observed 3,725 students from Australia and New Zealand. They studied the frequency of their marijuana use as adolescents and their resulting personal development until they were 30 years old.