A study conducted by University of Texas researchers indicated that teens are less inclined to smoke pot.
The findings run counter to the nationwide efforts to reduce and in some cases legalize marijuana possession and use.
23 states, Texas not included allow marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes and 16 have decriminalized or lessened the penalties associated with the drug.
"The adolescent brain is one of pushing against convention, so anything that's becoming legal or accepted by the bigger society, they're doing less of and go towards the things they are being told not to do. As society is starting to accept something they're saying I'm going to do less of that and go towards something else that people are telling me I shouldn't do," Texas Tech Professor George Comiskey said.
Comiskey said teens are going to look for another outlet to push the boundaries, which is why there's an increase in prescription pill abuse.