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Marijuana Use Among N.H. Teens Above National Average

New Hampshire teens use marijuana at one of the highest rates in the country, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services.

It finds that one in ten minors between the ages of 12 and 17 say they’ve smoked marijuana in the past 30 days. That’s the 9th highest rate in the country, and a full two-percentage points above the U.S. average. The figures are based on a 2012 national survey.

Marijuana use among 18-25 year olds is the 5th highest in the country, with more than one quarter reporting regular usage.

Vermont and Maine are also in the top 10 nationally.

Earlier this week, the New Hampshire House voted to legalize possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for residents over the age of 21. Governor Hassan has promised to veto the measure.

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