Survey: Parents Want 21+ Age Limit for Pot

Survey: Parents Want 21+ Age Limit for Pot

By Bryan Le 07/16/13

Even the most pro-pot parents believe that, if legalized, it should be regulated like alcohol.

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Whether or not they support the legalization of marijuana, most parents don't want their teens toking too early, according to a new survey. The Partnership at Drugfree.org quizzed 1,603 adults, 1,200 of whom had kids aged 10 to 19. Of this crowd, 42% were in support of legalization for recreational use, 52% believe it should be decriminalized, and 70% stand behind medical marijuana. About half of the parents surveyed said they have used marijuana, with a higher rate among Colorado parents at 62%. But even most parents who are pro-pot for their own use don't want their kids smoking up—90% of moms and 95% of dads said the legal age for pot should be 21. The survey also found that about 95% of parents agree marijuana use should be banned where cigarette smoking is banned and 90% are opposed to pot advertising. And around 90% of moms and 85% of dads believe marijuana can negatively affect their teens' brain development. “The data bring to life the fact that parents have serious expectations that legal marijuana will be regulated and restricted to protect kids and teens,” says Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. “Those expectations far exceed how legal marijuana is being implemented. So the fact remains, whether marijuana is legal or not, much more needs to be done to protect the health of our children.”