60% of High School Seniors Do Not Think Marijuana Is Harmful

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A new survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that marijuana use among young people is on the rise.

The NIH 2013 Monitoring the Future Survey measures drug use and opinions among eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders in the U.S. This year, the major finding shows that the number of high schoolers who think marijuana is dangerous has continued to drop over the past decade. The data shows that teens are using it more often than they have in the past. And according to the researchers, such lax attitudes about pot will likely continue to lead to increased use.

This year’s survey polled 41,675 students from 389 public and private schools, and found only 39.5% of 12th-graders thought marijuana was harmful, which is down from 44.1% last year. Usage among high school seniors has increased as well. This year, 6.5% of seniors reported smoking pot daily, a slight increase from the 6% who reported the habit in 2003 and the 2.4% in 1993. While the increases were relatively small, greater usage is concerning since levels of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, have gone up from 3.75% in 1995 to an average of 15% in current marijuana cigarettes. For a developing brain, exposure to such doses has been linked to changes in the brain and memory loss.

When the researchers asked about usage over a month, they found that 23% of seniors reported smoking in the past month, 18% of 10th-graders and 12% of eighth-graders. “We should be extremely concerned that 12 percent of 13- to 14-year-olds are using marijuana. The children whose experimentation leads to regular use are setting themselves up for declines in IQ and diminished ability for success in life,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in a statement.

(MORE: Does Marijuana Use by Teens Really Cause a Drop in IQ?)

The survey also looked at where teens are getting marijuana, and the survey showed that increased availability of the drug, for medical purposes, may be fueling rising rates among teens. In 2012 and 2013, 34% of high school seniors who used marijuana and lived in states where marijuana is available for medical use, said they obtained the drug through someone else’s medical prescription. A little over 6% said they had their own prescription. With the first states now legalizing recreational marijuana use, officials say it’s possible that marijuana use among teens may only climb, if additional regulations aren’t put in place. “The promise was that there would be regulatory schemes to prevent marijuana from getting into the hands of children and adolescents. In every state that promise has been broken,” said R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, during a teleconference discussing the results.

There were some encouraging trends as well. Use of synthetic marijuana, sometimes called K2 or Spice, as well as bath salts and inhalants dropped in the past year. Cocaine and heroin use remained unchanged from 2012, but the researchers have been seeing a gradual decrease over recent years. Cigarette smoking also declined among teens. But students continued to report abusing medications for ADHD, with 7.4% of seniors taking Adderall for nonmedical reasons and 2.3% taking Ritalin.

Given the rising rates of marijuana use among teens, the survey researchers plan to investigate how new state marijuana laws that allow recreational use of the drug affect access to and attitudes about the drug for adolescents.

— With reporting by Maya Rhodan

42 comments
JoseGonzales
JoseGonzales

The drug war terrorists running our government are responding to failed policy with increased failed policy.  The drug war holocaust needs to stop now.


BrianKellyBBizzle
BrianKellyBBizzle

This prohibitionist propaganda was written with the intention of scaring the public into believing that Marijuana prohibition is good for them.


It isn't working. We are not that gullible!

It claims that "A new survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse had some good news: Binge drinking and tobacco use is down among teens." while it claims teen marijuana use is up.

Consider this though. Both legal alcohol and legal tobacco are harder for children to get right now than illegal Marijuana.

The "study" was conducted while Marijuana remains illegal nationally. Therefore, it only further justifies Legalizing Marijuana Nationwide!

What message are we sending our children when it is easier for them to obtain marijuana now with it being illegal than it is for them to buy alcohol?

It doesn't take the intellect of a genius to understand that stores card kids for I.D.. Thugs and gang members do not. They also push the real hard drugs on children. Stores do not.

Marijuana legalization will make it harder for children to obtain it.

What message does it send our children when the President of The United States himself alongside a long list of successful people openly admit regular pot use at one time or another in their lives?

While we tell our kids how it will ruin their futures, and then ensure so, by allowing our government to to jail our children and give them permanent criminal records when they get caught with a little Marijuana? Especially if they are the wrong skin color or from the "wrong neighborhood". Which in turn, ruins their chances of employment for life.

The Prohibition of Marijuana is the wrong message to send our children while we advertise and promote the much more dangerous use of alcohol like it's an all American pastime. 

The worst thing about marijuana and our children is what happens to them when they get caught up in the criminal justice system due to it's prohibition. 

The government should not attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it! 

Protect Our Teens and Our Neighborhoods Though The Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Nationwide!

Paulpot
Paulpot

Cannabis is a treatment for schizophrenia and various mental illness'.

A lot of people with problems know that and that is why they use it.
Police also know this and they have a tendency to search and arrest people who they know have or appear to have mental illness. 
Prohibition says we will deal with mental illness by arresting the mentally ill.
It is prohibition that causes depression and other symptoms of mental illness.
Pharmaceutical drugs are also known to cause problems for the mentally ill as does alcohol but these are legal, pills are even forced onto many mental patients.
Prohibition and the pharma-narco state are responsible for the mental health problems of millions of people. 
Prohibition forced mental illness on the community.

Afreedomfighter
Afreedomfighter

Show me one incident of fatal cannabis overdose, just one documented case. I have looked and looked and guess what, not one cannabis overdose death in all medical history. This medicinal herb has been used for some 20,000 years or more, all over the planet and yet no one has ever died from an overdose!  We know alcohol kills, we know tobacco kills, and we know prescription drugs kill.  The scientific data is in!!!

US CDC Figures directly from the CDC dot gov web site on numbers of deaths per year in the USA :

Prescription Drugs: 237,485

Tobacco: 81,323

Alcohol: 39,199

Marijuana 0, none, not a single death in all medical history

Sited direct from CDC dot gov. Stop the lies and Legalize!


JoseGonzales
JoseGonzales

Looks like a new batch of adults are being raised with a brain that the government cannot corrupt with propaganda news outlets.


shmuelman
shmuelman

Is aspirin harmful? Think about it. Take a few, it's ok.Take 20, you will die. Take a baby aspirin a day when you get older, cut your risk of stroke. Take 8 a day for a few years, you are facing terrible gastric problems. Everything has its time and place. At least you can't overdose on marijuana, its long term toxicity is very low to non-existent, and there is large scale research that says it seems to offer protection from certain kinds of cancers rather than being carcinogenic. Far and away, it is the most benign intoxicant. But everything has its time and place.

tribune420
tribune420

I think most propaganda media is exaggerated, but I don't think teens should be using cannabis. Creating a strong mind in teen years will take you a long way in life.  Please think about waiting until 20 or 21 people. If you do, I promise you that the highs will be higher.

JohnMccall
JohnMccall

I like the comment by javahead001, I had 2 older half-sisters.One graduated in 1980 and the other in 82. Back when they were in school ,herb users were there in huge numbers. The govt and media is doing everything they can to hold back the speedy legalization of marijuana that's happening and will continue to spread. A big help that has caused marijuana to become legal is the internet. Masses are learning about the studies that were done long ago but suppressed like Nixon's Shafer commission that recommended in 1972 that marijuana become legal but Nixon trashed and ignored their report.It doesn't bother me that high school kids today use marijuana because most older people know that MANY high school kids used it back in the 70's and 80's. The media wants to make it look like it's some new bad trend when marijuana use has always been there since the hippie era.My dad's cousin born in 56 graduated in 74 and used marijuana back in high school told me once he remembered getting seedless ( sinsemilla ) Colombian Gold joints for $1.00 a piece from another student back in the early 70's in high school that would keep you high for 5-6 hours.


Marijuana use in high school has been going strong for the last 40-45 years. There is no new trend or reemergence of high school kids gravitating to more use. The reality of it is that before, high school kids were more inclined to keep their use secret and quiet and now they're just stepping forward and becoming more vocal because of the political attitudes that are changing and more people are showing in polls that legalization needs to happen. Most of these marijuana news pieces that are coming from long-time established news sites are slanted and biased against marijuana. Knowledge is power and the internet is a wonderful technology in the spread of truth and crushing propaganda. Even if the feds hold on to the schedule 1 class of marijuana, legalization is still going to happen thru the states. The demand for it to become legalized everywhere is getting too strong for it to be held back.

KevinHunt
KevinHunt

For the government, marijuana prohibition is the gift that keeps on giving.  It allows government officials to drag innocent citizens out of their cars and force them to submit to body cavity searches.  It also allows them to spy on the populace without probable cause and seize cash without any proof of drug-related activity.  It also employs legions of worthless bureaucrats like Nora Volklow who would be out of a job if hemp were regulated like alcohol.

javahead001
javahead001

The "latest study" is one that to quote "involved nearly 100 teens between ages 16 and 17". This was the full sample for both the  control group and the experimental group, this group size is much to small to be of any real use. not to mention, the fact that given the size of the group, I would guess that they all came from one area, therefore environmental factors can not be canceled out from within the group. 

As to the drop in IQ, are you referring to the Duke papers that say that. If you check the work by Ole Rogeberg of the Ragnar Frisch Center for Economic Research in Oslo, His research, based on the SAME DATA, allowed him to decide that " it may have emerged from differences among the study participants in socioeconomic status, or SES, which involves factors like income, education and occupation".  

Of course the "National Institute on Drug Abuse" will follow the "war on drugs" party line, "all drugs are bad". 

What it comes down to is HS kids are smarter, and more well informed than you would like to think. 

Oh, and one last thought, 1993, is the earliest date you mention, I went to HS in 1970's, almost EVERYONE in my school smoked pot. It had been that way for YEARS. Remember the Hash Bash, Who do you think Started IT! our older brothers & sisters, and we followed right behind. Get a sense of perspective, and get your facts right. 

MuzzyLu
MuzzyLu

Marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol, prescription drugs, cocaine, meth, etc. Kids should stay off all drugs, but if they try one, marijuana is one of the safest. Make easy, small mints for pain relief or enjoyment!MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. Just $2.99 for great e-book! muzzymemo.com/

JohnThomas
JohnThomas

From the article:

>>>"The children whose experimentation leads to regular use are setting themselves up for declines in IQ and diminished ability for success in life,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, "


No.  The study suggesting that was debunked.  The jury is still out on what effect teen use may have on brain development.  It would certainly be minor, if any, and it would certainly not damage people's chances for success, as these folks have shown:

http://www.veryimportantpotheads.com/


Marijuana use among teens has risen a small percentage.  Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use has gone down by a larger percentage.  Teens are not dumb.  They have just made the wiser decision to consume the safest - by far - recreational drug.


Teens have reported for years that it's easy to find marijuana.  So isn't it better they get inspected, quality plants from an older friend instead of contaminated, unknown quality from criminals on the street?


At any rate, the argument is about adult consumption.  This hiding behind  false claims about children's use is now tiresome.


It is the fraudulent prohibition that puts marijuana into children's hands - in their schools, parks and playgrounds.  Legal, licensed vendors won't sell to minors.








malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

Some simple facts:


* Our policy regarding drugs is in the hands of frauds, liars and two bit crooks, and until they are in handcuffs, poverty will increase, injustice will prevail and perversity will rule the planet.


* In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. This has resulted in the number of people infected with HIV who are drug addicts dropping from 50 per cent to 20 per cent, and new diagnoses of HIV among addicts dropping from approximately 3,000 to below 2,000 annually. The number of drug overdose deaths declined from 400 to 290 a year between 2001 and 2006, and “problematic” drug use and drug use among adolescents has decreased. 


* Prohibitionists have always been murderous parasites: In 1926, during alcohol prohibition, the federal government began a campaign of deliberately poisoning vats of liquor with kerosene, gasoline, benzene, cadmium, iodine, zinc, mercury salts, nicotine, ether, formaldehyde, chloroform, camphor, carbolic acid, quinine, acetone, methanol, and several other deadly toxins. Estimates place the body count above 10,000.


* Illegal Drug Cartels cannot operate without the support of politicians, bureaucrats, and police officers.


* Keeping various psychoactive plants and their derivatives illegal and unregulated means robberies, home invasions, murders, broken families, shattered lives—all mostly done by law enforcement agencies. Add to that list: environmental devastation, poisoning of lands, streams and wildlife—all preventable by regulated legalization. 


* Prohibition has been a slow but relentless degradation (death by a zillion cuts) of all our cherished national and international institutions that will leave us crippled for numerous generations. 


* The US federal government is now the most dangerous and corrupt corporation on the planet; it is solely comprised of traitorous, lying hucksters who spy on us—in the MPICIC (military/police industrial corporate intelligence complex), the 99% are all probable suspects.


* In 1989, The Kerry Committee found that the United States Department of State had made payments to drug-traffickers. Concluding, that even members of the U.S. State Department, themselves, were involved in drug trafficking. Some of the payments were made even after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies - or even while these traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies.


* The involvement of the CIA in running Heroin from Vietnam, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan, and Cocaine from Central America, has been well documented, by the 1989 Kerry Committee report, academic researchers Alfred McCoy and Peter Dale Scott and the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Gary Webb.


* The United States jails a larger percentage of it's own citizens than any other country in the world, including those run by all the other worst totalitarian regimes, yet it has far higher use & addiction rates than most other countries.


* As with torture, prohibition is a grievous crime against humanity. If you support it, or even simply tolerate it by looking the other way while others commit it, you are an accessory to a very serious moral transgression against humanity.


* The United States re-legalized certain drug use in 1933. The drug was alcohol, and the 21st amendment re-legalized its production, distribution and sale. Both alcohol consumption and violent crime dropped immediately as a result. And very soon after, the American economy climbed out of that same prohibition engendered abyss into which it had foolishly fallen.

WellLubricated
WellLubricated

These kids are on the 'right' side of history.


"But that situation could change with a series of bills that Mexico City legislators plan to file at the end of this month to legalize and regulate marijuana consumption. Proposals include the setting up of cannabis clubs to grow herb for their members and tolerance of anyone carrying up to 30 g, or just over an ounce, of marijuana."


Read more: North America’s Largest City Moves to Legalize Pot | TIME.com http://world.time.com/2013/10/14/north-americas-largest-city-moves-to-legalize-pot/#ixzz2nqoxovhT

WellLubricated
WellLubricated

Marijuana use increases and alcohol (date rape drug #1) and nicotine, cocaine, heroin use declines.

Only in the most conservative of stone age, social conservative circles is this news 'worrying'...

Duncan_20903
Duncan_20903

Do the prohibitionists ever consider the possibility that lying to "the children" just might be counter productive? It's easily predictable that when "the children" figure out that they're being lied to about cannabis that their still malleable and not fully developed brains are going to jump to the conclusion that they're also being lied to about meth/crack/cocaine/heroin/oxycodone/etc. etc. etc.

Is there anyway we can use peer pressure to convince the iddee-yacht prohibitionists to quit lying to kids about pot? It sure isn't working the way that they thought that it would work.

The only concern that the prohibitionists have for our children is in their use as political pawns. We need to stop letting these immoral, dishonest people use "the children" for their own gain. It's bad for the children, it's bad for the country, it's bad for our society and it leaves the general public played for chumps. Who here enjoys being played for a chump? Let me see a show of hands...anyone? So why do you let them get away with it? Are you actually a chump?

ImmortalIllumined
ImmortalIllumined

the kids know but their parents don't, lol, backwards we are

ImmortalIllumined
ImmortalIllumined

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13


still remember trying it my junior year and it was illegal everywhere...i vowed to change the planet...only took one year to get my friends and family in cali, the rest is history..ride on us!!


AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

Rustyballs
Rustyballs

Less violent behaviour with pot than alcohol. Just make sure you have lots of snacks to eat.

PanPiper
PanPiper

Cannabis is LESS addictive than coffee, and is one of the safest intoxicants in nature.

Know the facts! you might be surprised to know that there are 2.5 million deaths due to alcohol

(worldwide) each year, but *NONE* due to cannabis consumption.

Cannabis is also one of the most curative herbs found, effectively treating hundreds of ailments

including cancer, epilepsy, crohn's disease, diabetes and ptsd...

do your own research on this remarkable plant! it's high time the truth comes out


NameOrder
NameOrder

Over 60 % of kids KNOW that this is the most benign intoxicant out there. Well over 60% disagree with the criminalization of a useful plant. The truth has been exposed about this beautiful plant and why it became illegal in the first place and lies do not work anymore. The prohibitionists try ever so hard to scare us with article about kids and weed. Who are they really protecting other than the drug cartels and the prison industry while sapping the public of TRILLIONS to "fight" this terrible pot. 

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

This needs to be addressed by improving drug awareness education in schools. High school seniors are legal adults. They need to be aware that this highly addictive substance is the second most widely abused drug, after alcohol. That it has been implicated in thousands of car accidents, property damage, hospitalizations, rehab admissions, broken homes, amotivational syndrome, lung cancer, throat cancer, numerous health problems, addiction in general.

The media glamorizes it and I don't know why. Then again, they glamorize and idolize the gay thing to no end and that makes no sense either.

JoseGonzales
JoseGonzales

@tribune420 Legalize it so people can use common sense on when to start using it instead of government meddling.

WellLubricated
WellLubricated

@Duncan_20903  Follow the money.

How much paper did big alcohol take in  this year? Billions. 

And, if these studies are to be believed, they see that cash flow soon dwindling to a trickle. Of course they're gonna fight back, as opposed to change, even if a symptom of selling their poison is thousands of dead kids. Alcohol #1 date rape drug. Ever. Cash Rules Everything Around Me. Etc etc etc.

Duncan_20903
Duncan_20903

@Rustyballs the munchies go away after a couple of years. Things are different once a person leaves the frat house.

KevinHunt
KevinHunt

@ChikuMisra  You are full of nonsense.  Marijuana does not cause ANY of the things you have described.  What does gay rights have to do with this subject?  You are a fool.


Conclusion: We did not observe a positive association of MJ use- even heavy long-term use - with lung cancer, controlling for tobacco smoking and other potential confounders. 


Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study



D.P. Tashkin, M.D., Z.-F. Zhang, M.D., Ph, S. Greenland, Dr.P.H., W. Cozen, D.O., T.M. Mack, M.D., H. Morgenstern, Ph.D., Los Angeles, CA, Ann Arbor, MI 




WellLubricated
WellLubricated

@ChikuMisra Well, there's still 48, soon to be 47, states where lighting up a joint will land your kid in jail with murderers, rapists, and pedophiles. So...still cause for celebration on your part, I guess.

NameOrder
NameOrder

@ChikuMisraShow us the facts. Please post where you get your evidence. Gotta take rehab out because that is WELL over 60% are court ordered rehab. You ignorant people forget one thing when you spew horse shyt. People have this little thing called the internet and can debunk all your lies by doing a search. 


Sandydog5
Sandydog5

@ChikuMisra You are spewing propaganda.  How about posting some citations for your "facts".


"the gay thing"  lololol  I pity this fool.

JohnThomas
JohnThomas

@WellLubricated - Thank goodness, marijuana is not toxic in any way.  Every person who switches from addictive, very harmful alcohol,  to near harmless marijuana, improves their health and life tremendously - as well as the life of their family and community.

Duncan_20903
Duncan_20903

@WellLubricated You have my pity. It must really suck to be poor and feel so controlled. Go out, make some money and you'll stop feeling so pathetic. You might just figure out how things work if you do because instead of hanging around with other people who suffer the same delusion of being controlled you'll be hanging around with people who have figured out that there's not some huge conspiracy to control other people. The challenge is to learn to control yourself and your environment. If you don't rise to the challenge you get to remain pathetic. The truly amusing thing is that nobody really gives a chit about the pathetic.

KevinHunt
KevinHunt

@Sandydog5  Where did this reefer madness Chiku Miser-able fossil come from?


“At the present time, the evidence to suggest an involvement of cannabis in road crashes is scientifically unproven. REFERENCE: G. Chesher and M. Longo. 2002. “Cannabis leads to a more cautious style of driving.  Cannabis alone, particularly in low doses, has little effect on the skills involved in automobile driving.” REFERENCE: Canadian Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs. 2002. Few studies report increased accident risk. REFERENCE: UK Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (Road Safety Division). 2000. There is no evidence that consumption of cannabis alone increases the risk of culpability for traffic crash fatalities or injuries for which hospitalization occurs, and may reduce those risks. REFERENCE: M. Bates and T. Blakely. 1999. “Role of cannabis in motor vehicle crashes.” Epidemiologic Reviews 21: 222-232.  The more cautious behavior of subjects who have received marijuana decreases the impact of the drug on performance, whereas the opposite holds true for alcohol.” REFERENCE: A. Smiley. 1999. Marijuana: On-Road and Driving-Simulator Studies. There was a clear relationship between alcohol and culpability. In contrast, there was no significant increase in culpability for cannabinoids alone. REFERENCE: Logan, M.C., Hunter, C.E., Lokan, R.J., White, J.M., & White, M.A. (2000). There was no indication that cannabis by itself was a cause of fatal crashes.” REFERENCE: K. Terhune. 1992. The incidence and role of drugs in fatally injured drivers. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Report No. DOT HS 808 065.


Duncan_20903
Duncan_20903

@Sandydog5, some people will believe anything they're told. No facts needed. Just an authoritative looking guy dressed in a labcoat.