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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan confirms marijuana use has risen significantly among young adults over the last decade, along with the use of hallucinogens. But some young adults are walking away from one popular drug: alcohol.

The survey is part of the “Monitoring the Future” study by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. It is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is a department of the National Institutes of Health.

The study designated young adults as people between the ages of 19 and 30 years old. Survey data shows both marijuana and hallucinogen use have increased significantly over the last five years, the highest levels seen since 1988.

The survey, which ran from April 2021 through October of that year, found that 29% of young adults reported using marijuana in the past month. That figure is up from 21% in 2016 and 17% in 2011.

Daily marijuana use is also up, with 11% of young adults saying they use the drug every day; an increase from 8% in 2016 and 6% in 2011.

Marijuana decriminalization reformers have had a lot of success over the past decade. Voters in Colorado were the first to approve recreational cannabis, passing a ballot initiative in 2012. Since then, 18 other states — including Michigan — have passed similar measures, and organizations in several other…

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