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Majority of high school seniors don't think smoking pot regularly is a big deal

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More than 60 percent of American high school seniors do not think regular marijuana use is harmful, a new survey conducted by the National Institutes of Health's Monitoring the Future project finds.

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That figure is up from 55 percent in 2012 and considerably higher than rates from the past two decades.

The survey also found 6.5 percent of 12th-graders smoke marijuana daily, up from 6 percent in 2003 and 2.4 percent in 1993.

It also showed that marijuana use increases with age.

Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of the seniors say they smoked marijuana in the month before the survey, and just over 36 percent say they smoked it during the past year.

Among 10th-graders, 4 percent say they use marijuana daily, 18 percent within the past month and 30 percent in the past year.

More than 12 percent of eighth-graders say they used marijuana in the past year, the survey found.

By contrast, use of alcohol and cigarettes among teens continues to steadily decline.

"These increases in marijuana use over the past few years are a serious setback in our nation's efforts to raise a healthy generation of young people," Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy, said in a statement.

Researchers say the results are also troubling because pot has gotten stronger over the years.

"This is not just an issue of increased daily use," National Institute on Drug Abuse director Nora D. Volkow said in announcing the findings. "It is important to remember that over the past two decades, levels of THC - the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana - have gone up a great deal, from 3.75 percent in 1995 to an average of 15 percent in today's marijuana cigarettes. Daily use today can have stronger effects on a developing teen brain than it did 10 or 20 years ago."

Marijuana legalization advocates quickly called on the institute to study whether regulating marijuana like alcohol and cigarettes could produce similar reductions in use among teens.

"The results suggest that regulating alcohol and cigarettes is successfully reducing teen use, whereas marijuana prohibition has been unsuccessful," Mason Tvert, director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. "At the very least, this data should inspire NIDA to examine the possibility that regulating marijuana like alcohol and cigarettes could be a more effective approach than the current system."

For anti-drug advocates, there was at least some good news: The survey showed decreases in abuse of pain relievers and synthetic drugs among teens.

Just 2.3 percent of seniors admitted they abuse Ritalin, while abuse of the pain reliever Vicodin (5.3 percent) was down more than 50 percent from 2003. The use of synthetic marijuana dropped to 7.9 percent among high school seniors from 11.3 percent last year.

And the use of bath salts is "at or under 1 percent in all three grades."

Abuse of Adderal, however, remains high, with 7.4 percent of seniors reporting taking it for nonmedical reasons in the past year.

 

How many of you believe that their teen feels the same?

 

by on Dec. 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM
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cybcm
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Yep.

I'm in Australia. I think you guys have the two extremes if I'm correct? People who really love it and people who really hate it? I think the average Australian perspective floats around the middle, most people either don't care or use it casually.

I will admit, I'm a very casual user, as in I think I've had maybe two this entire year gone by.

Quoting GMMC: Sorry, but I did not bother reading the entire post.
BUT...wonder what other parts of the world think...other than the USA...
Any other posters in here other than the USA????
PurpleHazey
by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

 

Quoting atlmom2: Mine do not.
Sadly many adults smoke daily and think it is fine.
Our school random drug and alcohol tests.

 It's a crazy world isn't it!

PurpleHazey
by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

 

Quoting cybcm: Yep.

I'm in Australia. I think you guys have the two extremes if I'm correct? People who really love it and people who really hate it? I think the average Australian perspective floats around the middle, most people either don't care or use it casually.

I will admit, I'm a very casual user, as in I think I've had maybe two this entire year gone by.

Quoting GMMC: Sorry, but I did not bother reading the entire post.
BUT...wonder what other parts of the world think...other than the USA...
Any other posters in here other than the USA????

 So the story's we hear are true.

PurpleHazey
by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 10:37 AM

 

Quoting 8chickens:

High school seniors as young adults are more than old enough to make their own desicions and as it becomes legal in more states more will smoke.

 The 18 year olds I see are not even close to adults

PurpleHazey
by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM
1 mom liked this

 

Quoting CandiceJHey:

 

Marjiunana is a gateway drug to heroin and cocaine. It's bad enough that the world is starting to legalize it. It's like saying drunk driving is okay as long as you don't crash into something. We have to protect our children and the right values on which they need to grow.

 This is kind of true but the real gateway is pills in the homes medicine cabinets

m.garcia21
by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Im not a marijuana user...altough i have used it in the past...and altough i dont promote daily use i see nothing wrong with using from time to time...the way i see it its a natural herb...with medicinal value...and should be treated as that....it does need tk be regulated and taxed i find it hipocritical that weed is illegal...yet alcohol and cigarettes are perfectly legal and they are far more dangerous than weed will ever be.
bizzeemom2717
by Jen on Dec. 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM
Sorry didn't mean for it to seem like just preaching to you in particular lol was trying to put facts out there.

Quoting sahlady: Your preaching to the choir ... I agree.



I'm just saying there are many women who think it is perfectly ok to go light up during Mao time according to what I read on cm. in real life I don't know any adults like that..... Thank goodness




Quoting bizzeemom2717: One of reasons many teens feel it's ok, another reason parents chose to bury heads in sand and don't know if kids are using or not. And sadly sometimes it's just the drug culture that hooks kids into MJ because its looked at as "casual" even though it does TREMENDOUS brain damage in teens ESP to the frontal lobe of brain that is supp to be growing during teens years as kids develop common sense through logic and reasoning skills..smoking pot shuts that all down. Shuts down motivation drive as well. It's a joke to say its a "safe" drug. Yes I do work at an out patient drug and alcohol treatment center so I see this and the effects on the teens and their familes every day. Marijuana can actually do more brain damage LONG term than opiates like heroin.





Quoting sahlady:

visit some of the groups here on cm and you will find that many MOMS have the same opinion.

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bizzeemom2717
by Jen on Dec. 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM
Any opiate pill like Vicodin, Percocet, ect yes kids will go from using parents Oxy's to buying Oxy's on street and smoking them but because they are anywhere from 15-60 a tablet here on street kids will go to heroin shot 12 dollars quickly for a much cheaper, much more intense, yet much deadlier and addictive high. We see it in assessments every day. Not just kids, moms. Housewives. Ect

Quoting PurpleHazey:

 


Quoting CandiceJHey:

 


Marjiunana is a gateway drug to heroin and cocaine. It's bad enough that the world is starting to legalize it. It's like saying drunk driving is okay as long as you don't crash into something. We have to protect our children and the right values on which they need to grow.


 This is kind of true but the real gateway is pills in the homes medicine cabinets

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8chickens
by Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM
1 mom liked this

The so called war on drugs we all know has been a dismal failure. Young adults etc. will use if they wish and there is never a shortage of supply.  Marjiunana is gaining legal acceptance, look at it as a compromise that at least it is a natural substance not a mix of drano etc. Prohibition never works.

cybcm
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM

 Please tell me there are some hilarious stories about high Australians floating around.

Quoting PurpleHazey:

 

Quoting cybcm: Yep.

I'm in Australia. I think you guys have the two extremes if I'm correct? People who really love it and people who really hate it? I think the average Australian perspective floats around the middle, most people either don't care or use it casually.

I will admit, I'm a very casual user, as in I think I've had maybe two this entire year gone by.

Quoting GMMC: Sorry, but I did not bother reading the entire post.
BUT...wonder what other parts of the world think...other than the USA...
Any other posters in here other than the USA????

 So the story's we hear are true.

 

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