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Now, more than ever, American teenagers think pot is no big deal – yet this hasn’t led to more teens smoking pot. The federal Monitoring the Future Survey of US 12th graders finds a record proportion of them – 49 percent – support the legalization of marijuana. The perception of risk from experimental marijuana use has fallen to the lowest recorded levels among 8th and 10th graders. In 2013, Project SAM co-founder and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy warned that legalization would increase marijuana use among teens. [KENNEDY CLIP: “So this notion that we’re going to give the green light of permissibility for people to think, oh, it’s harmless, go ahead and experiment. Now we know kids have access to this anyway, but we shouldn’t be adding fuel to the fire.”] Instead, teen marijuana use rates have remained relatively steady since 2010. In the meantime, the lowest rates of use for almost every other drug besides marijuana, including alcohol and tobacco, have all occurred since Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for adults in 2012, with most those record lows occurring in the past two years.