Problem: Marijuana use among high school students in the Twin Cities.

In response to the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) conducted at the three local high schools, a compilation of student responses include the following:

  • 40% of Redwood 11th graders have used Marijuana in the past 30 days
  • 62% of Redwood 11th graders who have used Marijuana tried it by age 16

The Twin Cities Police Department reported the following in the period from January to September 2011:

  • 113 Marijuana-related police contacts with juveniles
  • 44 Marijuana-related incidents with juveniles

Risk Factors: Marijuana is easy to get. 89% of Redwood 11th Graders reported that Marijuana is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get. (CHKS). Sources include using a Medical Marijuana card at dispensaries, growing at home or on public land, and obtaining from friends, dealers, or parents, and at parties.