Sue Rusche, Founder and President of National Families in Action, wrote the following for the Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Researcher, published on Feb. 22, 2002:

“California voters passed Proposition 215, the nation’s first medical marijuana initiative, in November 1996.

The issue received intense press coverage and California’s teenagers got the message: their past-month marijuana use increased by nearly one-third that year, from 6.5% to 9.2% according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse.

Although use declined the next year, it has increased every year since then. The figures are 1995–6.5%, 1996–9.2%, 1997–6.8%, 1998–7.4%, and 1999–8.4%.”

Feb. 22, 2002