MERC Publications

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October 2023


Recreational marijuana was legalized for anyone over the age of 21 in Virginia in 2021. This research and policy brief explores evidence of the impact of such legalization on Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) usage in PK-12 aged youth, including smoking, vaping, edibles, and dabbing. It addresses the following questions: 1) What are the recent trends in marijuana usage among PK-12 aged youth? 2) What are the impacts of THC usage in schools, particularly after legalization? 3) How can schools and school systems effectively respond to THC usage? 4) What are relevant federal, state, and school division policies that guide responses to youth THC usage in the MERC region? It concludes with a series of key takeaways and recommendations for curbing THC usage in schools.

Recommended Citation

Naff, D., Sheriff, M., Flynn, J., Farhana, M., Herakovich Curtis, K., Scott, G., Gatty, F., Pattath, P., Williams, D., Bradford, K., Desai, R., Powell, L., & Gwyn, L. (2023). Adolescent THC Usage in Virginia: Post-Legalization Challenges and Strategies for Schools. Richmond, VA: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium.

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VCU MERC Publications



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