Marijuana use among US college students reaches new 35-year high

(University of Michigan, September 5) College students’ use of marijuana in 2018 was at the highest level seen in the past three-and-a-half decades, according to the University of Michigan’s annual national Monitoring the Future Panel study.

In addition, vaping of marijuana and of nicotine each doubled for college students between 2017 and 2018.

In 2018, 43% of full-time college students aged 19-22 reported using marijuana at least once in the prior 12 months (annual prevalence). The five-year trend, from 2013 to 2018, increased a statistically significant 7 percentage points. Twenty-five percent reported using at least once in the prior 30 days (30-day prevalence), showing a significant increase over the past five years. Both of these prevalence levels are at historic highs since 1983, when they were 45% and 26%, respectively. Read more.