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Ariz. study: Medical pot getting into teens’ hands

Posted by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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Ariz. study: Medical pot getting into teens’ hands

Arizona Republic

Teens are obtaining pot from medical-marijuana cardholders, according to a biennial study by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. About one out of every nine students who said they used the drug within the past 30 days said he or she got it from a cardholder, the 2012 Arizona Youth Survey says.

The study says 11.6 percent of students in Grades 8,10 and 12 said they got the drug from patients or caregivers who are legally allowed to use marijuana under the voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Voluntary surveys are handed out at schools around the state.

It is illegal for anyone who is not a participant in the state's medical-marijuana program to obtain and use the drug. It is also illegal for medical-marijuana cardholders to share their supply with those who are not in the program.

Law-enforcement and drug-free organizations have opposed the state's medical-marijuana program, partly because of concern that youths could have easier access to the drug.

The overwhelming majority of surveyed students reported that they obtained marijuana from friends, at parties, from family, at school, at home or other places.

Overall marijuana use remained mostly steady in 2012 at nearly 29 percent, up from more than 27 percent in 2008 but down from nearly 30 percent in 2010.

Voters in 2010 passed the medical-marijuana measure to allow people with certain debilitating medical conditions, including chronic pain, cancer and muscle spasms, to use marijuana.

They must obtain a recommendation from a physician and register with the Arizona Department of Health Services, which oversees the program and issues identification cards to qualified patients and caregivers.

Patients are limited to purchasing 2Yi ounces every two weeks. More than 33,000 people have permission to use medical marijuana in Arizona.

Laura Oxley, spokeswoman for the ADHS, said health officials "knew there would be people abusing the system," even though the program was designed to be strictly medical. She pointed out that officials can revoke the cards of those who are caught violating program rules.

The practice is also occurring in Colorado, according to an August story by the Denver Post. The article cited a University of Colorado School of Medicine study that found nearly three-quarters of teens in two substance-abuse-treatment programs said they used medical marijuana bought or grown for another person.

Carolyn Short, chairwoman of Keep AZ Drug Free, said the survey's findings are unsurprising. The organization opposed the medical-marijuana initiative.

"I would expect the numbers would increase more and more and more," Short said. "Many voters really did buy the compassion argument with this (Arizona's medical-marijuana law), but it's bogus it's a hoax."

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who have opposed the state's medical-marijuana program because it conflicts with federal law, also were not surprised by the study.

"The AMMA allows the cardholder a ridiculous amount of marijuana to use as 'medicine' 2.5 ounces every two weeks is roughly 70 to 120 joints. That means an excessive amount of marijuana lying around and waiting to be 'shared,'" Polk wrote in a statement to The Arizona Republic. "Just like alcohol, tobacco and cigarettes, which teens use at a higher rate because it is accessible, marijuana is now accessible in homes via cardholders. Anecdotally, we hear of kids who are getting marijuana from their parents' closets or their friend's parents' closet and bringing it to school to share."

Montgomery characterized the medical-marijuana program as "recreational."

"These results are likely to lead to what we've seen in other states that have tried to implement similar marijuana-availability programs where the incidence of teen use of marijuana is higher than in states that do not have marijuana programs," he wrote in a prepared statement.

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pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Oh my......another state having the same problem......

blues_pagan
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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LOL this is news?  Really.  OMG MJ is getting into teens hands.  Lets not worry about all the narcotic pain killers that are legal but lets worry about MJ.

rolling on floor

pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Well, if it doesn't matter to you about kids getting easier access to any drugs then yes, keep laughing....

Quoting blues_pagan:

LOL this is news?  Really.  OMG MJ is getting into teens hands.  Lets not worry about all the narcotic pain killers that are legal but lets worry about MJ.

rolling on floor


tooptimistic
by Kelly on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:24 PM
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Who needs to smoke 5 to 8 joints a day?  

I can't think of single reason why a kid would need pot.  This "medical" card for pot is just a big mess.

blues_pagan
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:24 PM

I think that there are varying levels of drugs and MJ is on the bottom of that list.  When DD gets older if I catch her with pot when she is a teen then we will have a chat, I will confiscate it and then dad and I may have the munchies later on that night.

Quoting pvtjokerus:

Well, if it doesn't matter to you about kids getting easier access to any drugs then yes, keep laughing....

Quoting blues_pagan:

LOL this is news?  Really.  OMG MJ is getting into teens hands.  Lets not worry about all the narcotic pain killers that are legal but lets worry about MJ.

rolling on floor



blues_pagan
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

LOL there isn't any reason for anyone to become a pot head.  I don't see an issue with recreational smoking (granted not as a teen since their level of responsibility is low already) but 5-8 a day, wow.

Quoting tooptimistic:

Who needs to smoke 5 to 8 joints a day?  

I can't think of single reason why a kid would need to become a pot head.


lga1965
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

 Looks like the teens who are getting the pot are illegally ....shall we say.....hoooked? Or theyjust like the idea of breaking the law, just to push their luck and have "fun" ? What is wrong with people? That is..teens? What is wrong with their parents?







‎"I've long known rage was a life saver. I learned it from my mentor Rush Limbaugh, because every time you look at him you gotta ask, 'How is he still alive?'" -- Stephen Colbert
blues_pagan
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Don't you know it isn't the parents fault.  As soon as Arizona legalized pot for medical use it is now the governments fault since people with medical needs now have easier access to it.  

And like I said before, let's just overlook the more serious issues of kids getting addicted to mom's vicodin or valium.  You know the serious drugs that are highly addictive and deadly.  


Quoting lga1965:

 Looks like the teens who are getting the pot are illegally ....shall we say.....hoooked? Or theyjust like the idea of breaking the law, just to push their luck and have "fun" ? What is wrong with people? That is..teens? What is wrong with their parents?


stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:32 PM
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OMG teens getting pot?!  I never heard of such a thing!

lol

I will tell you what...I was a goody goody when I was a teen, didn't drink or smoke or do drugs, and I could have obtained marijuana any time I wanted to illegally.  Right in my school.  

lga1965
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:33 PM

 well....if kids are addicted to mom's drugs, then the whole family has some serious issues and are dysfunctional . I don't see why anyone needs pot or vicodin or valium .None of them get a free pass.

Quoting blues_pagan:

Don't you know it isn't the parents fault.  As soon as Arizona legalized pot for medical use it is now the governments fault since people with medical needs now have easier access to it.  

And like I said before, let's just overlook the more serious issues of kids getting addicted to mom's vicodin or valium.  You know the serious drugs that are highly addictive and deadly.  


Quoting lga1965:

 Looks like the teens who are getting the pot are illegally ....shall we say.....hoooked? Or theyjust like the idea of breaking the law, just to push their luck and have "fun" ? What is wrong with people? That is..teens? What is wrong with their parents?


 







‎"I've long known rage was a life saver. I learned it from my mentor Rush Limbaugh, because every time you look at him you gotta ask, 'How is he still alive?'" -- Stephen Colbert
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