There may be new meaning to the term "higher" education: College has become a major setting for first-time pot use, new research contends.
Undergrads are experimenting with marijuana in record numbers. And those who never tried pot are 51 percent more likely to experiment with the drug while on campus than those who don't go to college, said study author Richard Miech. He's a research professor with the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.
College students were 17 percent to 22 percent more likely to try pot for the first time than those who did not get a higher education from the 1970s through the 2000s, according to the study.
"First-time marijuana use is at the highest level in college students than it has been in three decades," Miech said.