Marijuana Use At 30-Year High Among U.S. Teenagers

MarijuanaAnahad O’Connor reports in the NY Times:

One out of every 15 high school students smokes marijuana on a near daily basis, a figure that has reached a 30-year peak even as use of alcohol, cigarettes and cocaine among teenagers continues a slow decline, according to a new government report.

The popularity of marijuana, which is now more prevalent among 10th graders than cigarette smoking, reflects what researchers and drug officials say is a growing perception among teenagers that habitual marijuana use carries little risk of harm. That perception, experts say, is fueled in part by wider familiarity with medicinal marijuana and greater ease in obtaining it.

Although it is difficult to track the numbers, “we’re clearly seeing an increase in teenage marijuana use that corresponds pretty clearly in time with the increase in medical marijuana use,” said Dr. Christian Thurstone, medical director of the adolescent substance abuse treatment program at Denver Health and Hospital Authority, who was not involved in the study. Medical marijuana is legal in 16 states, including Colorado, and the District of Columbia.

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  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Far better than them taking up alcohol.
    But kids should wait to experiment unitl their 16 and most at 18. Under the right ‘set and setting’ of course.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Far better than them taking up alcohol.
    But kids should wait to experiment unitl their 16 and most at 18. Under the right ‘set and setting’ of course.

  • Roxy

    Well marijuana is far better for you than the prescription pharmaceuticals shoved down the throats of these kids now-a-days. I don’t necessarily think smoking it is the best way to ingest it but…. 

    I hope they also realize, when marijuana is illegal it tends to be easier to get than alcohol for these kids.

      

  • Roxy

    Well marijuana is far better for you than the prescription pharmaceuticals shoved down the throats of these kids now-a-days. I don’t necessarily think smoking it is the best way to ingest it but…. 

    I hope they also realize, when marijuana is illegal it tends to be easier to get than alcohol for these kids.

      

  • DeepCough

    Guess what, ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy), you have EPIC FAILED. Thanks for wasting our tax dollars, Kerlikowske, you fuckhead.

  • DeepCough

    Guess what, ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy), you have EPIC FAILED. Thanks for wasting our tax dollars, Kerlikowske, you fuckhead.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    merh I always thought smoking daily was a bit much… There isn’t anything where moderation is a bad thing. We’ll see where this goes

    • Anonakon

      But the individual should have the right to make that decision for themselves if they are of age. People drink coffee everyday, that stuff is not good for you either but as an adult you should be able to make that decision for yourself and not have someone other pecker breath make it for you.

      • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

        cant disagree with you on any of that, but its legality has nothing to do with whether or not moderation is a good idea.

        I’m all for freedom but I don’t condone stupid(the good thing about stupid though, is that reality is the judge, jury, and executioner)

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    merh I always thought smoking daily was a bit much… There isn’t anything where moderation is a bad thing. We’ll see where this goes

  • Anarchy Pony

    Can anybody really blame them? The world is turning to shit in more ways than one.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Can anybody really blame them? The world is turning to shit in more ways than one.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Can anybody really blame them? The world is turning to shit in more ways than one.

  • http://www.ryandennler.com ImmaculateHunkOfPremiumFlesh

    Let’s start the argument where it starts,

    don’t tell us what we can or can’t do with our bodies so long as it doesn’t hurt one human being on this planet

    There should nothing else said in this argument

    But if we need one an argument,  take a look at portugal

    Portugal is a great example of why decriminalizing not only marijuana but all drugs is working, they have seen steady declines in all drug use (mostly the bad ones) and now since they’re not afraid to goto clinics (because they don’t get arrested for being on drugs) and get treated for it. Declines since they’ve decriminalized all drugs.

    http://healthland.time.com/2010/11/23/portugals-drug-experience-new-study-confirms-decriminalization-was-a-success/

  • http://www.ryandennler.com ImmaculateHunkOfPremiumFlesh

    Let’s start the argument where it starts,

    don’t tell us what we can or can’t do with our bodies so long as it doesn’t hurt one human being on this planet

    There should nothing else said in this argument

    But if we need one an argument,  take a look at portugal

    Portugal is a great example of why decriminalizing not only marijuana but all drugs is working, they have seen steady declines in all drug use (mostly the bad ones) and now since they’re not afraid to goto clinics (because they don’t get arrested for being on drugs) and get treated for it. Declines since they’ve decriminalized all drugs.

    http://healthland.time.com/2010/11/23/portugals-drug-experience-new-study-confirms-decriminalization-was-a-success/

  • Illhumanati

    Well said Roxy! I can only echo by pointing out that in the drug treatment industry they call drug taking “self medication” taking marijuana to cope is in many ways better than taking zoloft. I don’t need to get my liver tested for lethal or toxic doses of THC. What other reason should one need?

  • Illhumanati

    Well said Roxy! I can only echo by pointing out that in the drug treatment industry they call drug taking “self medication” taking marijuana to cope is in many ways better than taking zoloft. I don’t need to get my liver tested for lethal or toxic doses of THC. What other reason should one need?

  • Anonakon

    But the individual should have the right to make that decision for themselves if they are of age. People drink coffee everyday, that stuff is not good for you either but as an adult you should be able to make that decision for yourself and not have someone other pecker breath make it for you.

  • Negus

    I agree with all the usual pro-cannabis points..

    But I will say that I think kids should not be let have it. 

    Their minds & bodies are still growing & no chemicals, be they herbal or pharmaceutical, should interfere with that process.

    They’ll have their whole lives for that!!

    (I mean like 17+ That’s when most well adjusted kids tend to get a desire to….experiment)

    Sources; me. I’m 18.

  • Negus

    I agree with all the usual pro-cannabis points..

    But I will say that I think kids should not be let have it. 

    Their minds & bodies are still growing & no chemicals, be they herbal or pharmaceutical, should interfere with that process.

    They’ll have their whole lives for that!!

    (I mean like 17+ That’s when most well adjusted kids tend to get a desire to….experiment)

    Sources; me. I’m 18.

  • Negus

    I agree with all the usual pro-cannabis points..

    But I will say that I think kids should not be let have it. 

    Their minds & bodies are still growing & no chemicals, be they herbal or pharmaceutical, should interfere with that process.

    They’ll have their whole lives for that!!

    (I mean like 17+ That’s when most well adjusted kids tend to get a desire to….experiment)

    Sources; me. I’m 18.

  • Negus

    I agree with all the usual pro-cannabis points..

    But I will say that I think kids should not be let have it. 

    Their minds & bodies are still growing & no chemicals, be they herbal or pharmaceutical, should interfere with that process.

    They’ll have their whole lives for that!!

    (I mean like 17+ That’s when most well adjusted kids tend to get a desire to….experiment)

    Sources; me. I’m 18.

    • Crumpled Sheepskin

      Agreed. So answer me this then? Why do we allow the children to consume bad foods, bad legal drugs and teach them to be addicted ignorant consumers of junk, all promoted by your friendly global companies and eagerly accepted by the addicted and ignorant parents and public.

      Oh but won’t somebody think of the poor children,i hear all the concerned mothers cry. 

      Yet they don’t have a problem with filling their kids full of junk chemicals to keep them quiet and to tell them lies about the world they live in, which results from their lack of self education and the laziness of accepting messages of fear and ignorance provided by generic media and bad science.

      One day we will all realise that it is mums who make social and political policy and this is why the media seeks to keep mums in a fearful state, thereby encouraging the male populous to respond to any and all fear with finger pointing, where eventually that finger ends up on the trigger of a weapon.

      Wake up the mums and get them educated so they can educate the future generation.

      Maybe i have a point, maybe i don’t, maybe I’m amazed that the human species even with a quantum computer working away in their brain can be fooled so easily.

      Oh and a big Kudos to all the mums and all the mindful in general for positively persisting with the unlimited potential of humankind.

      It would be nice to think that ignorance is on the back foot for a change.

       

      • Negus

        Totally agree with you there man.

        Ignorance, & a successful marketing strategy aimed at the flaws in our human psyche for the most part are to blame. I think.

        I’ve struggled with my weight, although saying that I never went over 15 stone. It was more so just plain not being able to give food up. Even to this day, I’ve had problems with it. Even after I found out just exactly how the crap the makes up the standard western diet affects our minds & bodies. (hint… it’s the worst thing ever)

        It was the sugar. Damn that shit was good.
        I’ve done cocaine, & the pull from sugar, though not initially as strong, was more consistent. Still is. 
        And we are content to pump this shit into our kids.

        http://articles.latimes.com/2007/nov/10/science/sci-sweet10 
        http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0011592 

  • Mrbob

      “we’re clearly seeing an increase in teenage marijuana use that
    corresponds pretty clearly in time with the increase in medical
    marijuana use”.
      What a crock! We’re also seeing an increase in the use of water in Las Vegas, maybe that’s to blame for more kids smoking. What one should take away from this new study is the success one can have with regulation. Look what has happened to alcohol and tobacco use when properly regulated. No one selling medical marijuana wants to get shut down and loose their license. regulation reduces usage amongst teens, it’s a proven fact. 
      In regards to kids feeling less threatened about the harm of cannabis use: what would you expect after being lied to for decades. Why would they believe anything which is told to them at this point. 

  • Mrbob

      “we’re clearly seeing an increase in teenage marijuana use that
    corresponds pretty clearly in time with the increase in medical
    marijuana use”.
      What a crock! We’re also seeing an increase in the use of water in Las Vegas, maybe that’s to blame for more kids smoking. What one should take away from this new study is the success one can have with regulation. Look what has happened to alcohol and tobacco use when properly regulated. No one selling medical marijuana wants to get shut down and loose their license. regulation reduces usage amongst teens, it’s a proven fact. 
      In regards to kids feeling less threatened about the harm of cannabis use: what would you expect after being lied to for decades. Why would they believe anything which is told to them at this point. 

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    cant disagree with you on any of that, but its legality has nothing to do with whether or not moderation is a good idea.

    I’m all for freedom but I don’t condone stupid(the good thing about stupid though, is that reality is the judge, jury, and executioner)

  • Tseug

    I regret all the time I spent smoking as a kid. I can’t remember shit. I suppose it’s worse than remembering doing something horrible but still..

  • Tseug

    I regret all the time I spent smoking as a kid. I can’t remember shit. I suppose it’s worse than remembering doing something horrible but still..

  • Crumpled Sheepskin

    Agreed. So answer me this then? Why do we allow the children to consume bad foods, bad legal drugs and teach them to be addicted ignorant consumers of junk, all promoted by your friendly global companies and eagerly accepted by the addicted and ignorant parents and public.

    Oh but won’t somebody think of the poor children,i hear all the concerned mothers cry. 

    Yet they don’t have a problem with filling their kids full of junk chemicals to keep them quiet and to tell them lies about the world they live in, which results from their lack of self education and the laziness of accepting messages of fear and ignorance provided by generic media and bad science.

    One day we will all realise that it is mums who make social and political policy and this is why the media seeks to keep mums in a fearful state, thereby encouraging the male populous to respond to any and all fear with finger pointing, where eventually that finger ends up on the trigger of a weapon.

    Wake up the mums and get them educated so they can educate the future generation.

    Maybe i have a point, maybe i don’t, maybe I’m amazed that the human species even with a quantum computer working away in their brain can be fooled so easily.

    Oh and a big Kudos to all the mums and all the mindful in general for positively persisting with the unlimited potential of humankind.

    It would be nice to think that ignorance is on the back foot for a change.

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

    Marijuana probably has more health benefits then it does health risks. “Studies show” whatever the government pays them too, why would they want to study the benefits when it being illegal offers more profit.

    But lets be honest, I don’t smoke it for the health benefits :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

    Marijuana probably has more health benefits then it does health risks. “Studies show” whatever the government pays them too, why would they want to study the benefits when it being illegal offers more profit.

    But lets be honest, I don’t smoke it for the health benefits :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

    Marijuana probably has more health benefits then it does health risks. “Studies show” whatever the government pays them too, why would they want to study the benefits when it being illegal offers more profit.

    But lets be honest, I don’t smoke it for the health benefits :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

    Marijuana probably has more health benefits then it does health risks. “Studies show” whatever the government pays them too, why would they want to study the benefits when it being illegal offers more profit.

    But lets be honest, I don’t smoke it for the health benefits :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

    Marijuana probably has more health benefits then it does health risks. “Studies show” whatever the government pays them too, why would they want to study the benefits when it being illegal offers more profit.

    But lets be honest, I don’t smoke it for the health benefits :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

    Marijuana probably has more health benefits then it does health risks. “Studies show” whatever the government pays them too, why would they want to study the benefits when it being illegal offers more profit.

    But lets be honest, I don’t smoke it for the health benefits :P

  • Negus

    Totally agree with you there man.

    Ignorance, & a successful marketing strategy aimed at the flaws in our human psyche for the most part are to blame. I think.

    I’ve struggled with my weight, although saying that I never went over 15 stone. It was more so just plain not being able to give food up. Even to this day, I’ve had problems with it. Even after I found out just exactly how the crap the makes up the standard western diet affects our minds & bodies. (hint… it’s the worst thing ever)

    It was the sugar. Damn that shit was good.
    I’ve done cocaine, & the pull from sugar, though not initially as strong, was more consistent. Still is. 
    And we are content to pump this shit into our kids.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2007/nov/10/science/sci-sweet10 
    http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0011592 

  • Sinchy

    “And when I’ve done focus groups with high school students in states where medical marijuana is legal, they say, ‘Well, if its called medicine and it’s given to patients by caregivers, then that’s really the wrong message for us as high school students.’”
    Thats total bullshit.  No kids are saying that, thats what the Drug Czar is saying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/damir.majstorovic1 Damir Majstorović

    marijuana is medicine,we all know that…and natural medicine,first of all,it is sad to see how many of innocent people are getting troubles for nutthin ….even in Croatia is decriminilazed now…..I hope for this holy plant soon be legal and free to buy in shops …

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