Past 30-Day MARIJUANA Use for Hernando County Middle and High School Students All Middle School 2012: 4.6% 2014: 4.0% 2016 4.3% All High School 2012: 19.3% 2014: 19.9% 2016: 21.3% Source: Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey
Past 30-day marijuana use has d increased among Hernando middle and high school students from 2014 to 2016.
According to the National Institute of Health, "Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant,Cannabis sativa. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other related compounds. Extracts with high amounts of THC can also be made from the cannabis plant. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.1 Its use is widespread among young people. According to a yearly survey of middle and high school students, rates of marijuana use have steadied in the past few years after several years of increase. However, the number of young people who believe marijuana use is risky is decreasing."