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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012
NCES 2013-036
2013


Table 16.3.

Percentage of public school students in grades 9–12 who reported using marijuana at least one time during the previous 30 days, by location and state and jurisdiction: Various years 2003–2011


State and jurisdiction Anywhere   On school property
2003 2005 2007 2009 2011   2003 2005 2007 2009 2011
United States 22.4 20.2 19.7 20.8 23.1   5.8 4.5 4.5 4.6 5.9
                       
Alabama 17.7 18.5 16.2 20.8   2.6 3.5 4.6 4.0
Alaska 23.9 20.5 22.7 21.2   6.5 5.9 5.9 4.3
Arizona 25.6 20.0 22.0 23.7 22.9   6.5 5.1 6.1 6.4 5.6
Arkansas 18.9 16.4 17.8 16.8   4.1 2.8 4.5 3.9
California  
Colorado 22.7 24.8 22.0   6.0 6.1 6.0
Connecticut 23.1 23.2 21.8 24.2   5.1 5.9 6.2 5.2
Delaware 27.3 22.8 25.1 25.8 27.6   6.0 5.6 5.4 5.6 6.1
District of Columbia 23.5 14.5 20.8 26.1   7.5 4.8 5.8 7.9
Florida 21.4 16.8 18.9 21.4 22.5   4.9 4.0 4.7 5.2 6.3
Georgia 19.5 18.9 19.6 18.3 21.2   3.2 3.3 3.6 3.4 5.6
Hawaii 17.2 15.7 22.1 22.0   7.2 5.7 8.3 7.6
Idaho 14.7 17.1 17.9 13.7 18.8   2.7 3.9 4.7 3.0 4.9
Illinois 20.3 21.0 23.1   4.2 5.0 4.7
Indiana 22.1 18.9 18.9 20.9 20.0   3.8 3.4 4.1 4.4 3.3
Iowa 15.6 11.5 14.6   2.7 2.5 3.4
Kansas 15.6 15.3 14.7 16.8   3.2 3.8 2.7 2.9
Kentucky 21.1 15.8 16.4 16.1 19.2   4.3 3.2 3.9 3.1 4.2
Louisiana 16.3 16.8   3.6 4.1
Maine 26.4 22.2 22.0 20.5 21.2   6.3 4.6 5.2
Maryland 18.5 19.4 21.9 23.2   3.7 4.7 5.0 5.7
Massachusetts 27.7 26.2 24.6 27.1 27.9   6.3 5.3 4.8 5.9 6.3
Michigan 24.0 18.8 18.0 20.7 18.6   7.0 3.7 4.0 4.8 3.3
Minnesota  
Mississippi 20.6 16.7 17.7 17.5   4.4 2.7 2.5 3.2
Missouri 21.8 18.1 19.0 20.6   3.0 4.0 3.6 3.4
Montana 23.1 22.3 21.0 23.1 21.2   6.4 6.1 5.0 5.8 5.5
Nebraska 18.3 17.5 12.7   3.9 3.1 2.7
Nevada 22.3 17.3 15.5 20.0 —    5.3 5.7 3.6 4.9
New Hampshire 30.6 25.9 22.9 25.6 28.4   6.6 4.7 6.8 7.3
New Jersey 19.9 20.3 21.1   3.4
New Mexico 26.2 25.0 28.0 27.6   8.4 7.9 9.7 9.7
New York 20.7 18.3 18.6 20.9 20.6   4.5 3.6 4.1 — 
North Carolina 24.3 21.4 19.1 19.8 24.2   3.5 4.1 4.3 4.0 5.2
North Dakota 20.6 15.5 14.8 16.9 15.3   6.3 4.0 2.7 3.8 3.4
Ohio 21.4 20.9 17.7 23.6   4.2 4.3 3.7
Oklahoma 22.0 18.7 15.9 17.2 19.1   4.3 3.0 2.6 2.9 2.4
Oregon  
Pennsylvania 19.3   3.5
Rhode Island 27.6 25.0 23.2 26.3 26.3   7.4 7.2 6.5 5.1
South Carolina 19.0 18.6 20.4 24.1   4.6 3.3 3.7 5.2
South Dakota 21.5 16.8 17.7 15.2 17.8   4.5 2.9 5.0 2.9
Tennessee 23.6 19.5 19.4 20.1 20.6   4.1 3.5 4.1 3.8 3.6
Texas 21.7 19.3 19.5 20.8   3.8 3.6 4.6 4.8
Utah 11.4 7.6 8.7 10.0 9.6   3.7 1.7 3.8 2.5 4.0
Vermont 28.2 25.3 24.1 24.6 24.4   8.0 7.0 6.3 6.3 6.0
Virginia 18.0   3.5
Washington  
West Virginia 23.1 19.6 23.5 20.3 19.7   4.5 4.9 5.8 3.9 3.0
Wisconsin 21.8 15.9 20.3 18.9 21.6  
Wyoming 20.4 17.8 14.4 16.9 18.5   5.1 4.0 4.7 5.3 4.7
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent
NOTE: The term "anywhere" is not used in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) questionnaire; students are simply asked how many times during the previous 30 days they used marijuana. In the question that asks students about using majijuana at school, ‘on school property' was not defined for survey respondents. National, state, territory, and local YRBS data come from separate scientific samples of schools and students. With the exception of Ohio and South Dakota, state representative samples are drawn from public schools only for the state-level data. U.S. total, Ohio, and South Dakota include public and private schools.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), various years, 2003–2011, from http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline.
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