Plymouth Teens and Marijuana

Plymouth Public Schools surveyed 2,801 students from four schools about their usage of and views on marijuana. This report examines the results.

Two middle schools and two high schools were surveyed. The middle schools were Plymouth South Middle School (7th to 8th grade) and Plymouth Community Intermediate School (7th to 8th grade). The high schools were Plymouth North High School (9th to 12th grade) and Plymouth South High School (9th to 12th grade). This report compares and summarizes the responses between the four schools. 

How often do teens use marijuana?

"Have you ever used marijuana during the past 30 days?"

Of marijuana users, the vast majority said they used natural marijuana instead of synthetic marijuana.

"In the past year (12 months), have you ever been high or drunk in school?"

Out of all the surveyed students, 10.4% have ever been high or drunk in school.

What do teens think about marijuana?

"What are the chances you would be seen as cool if you smoked marijuana?"

Compared to students from middle school, 35% more high school students think there is a chance they would seem cool if they smoked marijuana.

"How wrong do you think it is for someone your age to smoke marijuana?"

Out of all the students who answered the question, 13% of them did not think that it is wrong for someone their age to smoke marijuana. Of those students, 95% of them were high school students.

What do people close to the teens think about marijuana?

"In the past year, how many of your best friends have used marijuana?"

Of all the surveyed students who answered the question, 39.3% said they've had at least one best friend who smoked marijuana in the past year.

Note: Teens were asked to consider four best friends (the friends you feel closest to) for this survey question.

"How wrong do they feel it would be for you to smoke marijuana?"

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Data was provided by the Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative (PYDC). Not at all students surveyed answered every question. 

PYDC was founded in 2004 as a sub-committee of the Community Health Network Area. The PYDC is a community coalition motivated around enhancing the lives of youth in our community.

The mission of PYDC is to strategically prevent and reduce substance abuse and misuse, to increase the protective factors that support a healthy community, and to enhance community collaboration in Plymouth.