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1 in 9 high school seniors using synthetic marijuana
December 14th, 2011
10:02 AM ET

1 in 9 high school seniors using synthetic marijuana

Teenage drinking and cigarette smoking is at a historic low, but marijuana use and prescription drug abuse continue at high rates, according to a new report looking at trends among teens.

And there's a new substance raising concerns.

For the first time the study looked at the use of synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice or K2, by 12th graders. More than 11% admitted using it over the last year, information Gil Kerlikoeske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), calls shocking.

"One in nine 12th graders in America have used synthetic marijuana in the last year. Spice and K2 now rank as the second most frequently used illegal drug among high school seniors, second only to marijuana," Kerlikowske said. "Make no mistake. These drugs are dangerous and can cause serious harm. Poison control center data across America have shown as substantial rise in the number of calls from victims suffering serious consequences from these synthetic drugs."

ONDCP says poison control centers have fielded nearly 6,000 calls so far this year - already double last year's number.

According to Kerlikowske, up until a few months ago synthetic marijuana was being sold legally as an alternative to marijuana in convenience stores across the country. That's when the Drug Enforcement Administration banned the sale of the chemicals used to make it.

Now, he's calling on parents to talk to their kids about the serious consequences of marijuana, K2 and Spice use.

"We must be clear with our young people," says Kerlikowske. "Smoked marijuana is not an FDA approved medicine and the National Institute of Health has long documented the harms of marijuana use. Science shows it is addictive. Research shows it impairs driving. Studies show it can degrade academic performance."

Kerlikowske says ONDCP is working on a federal response to Spice/K2 that includes working with public health agencies to share data and coordinate a response. They are also working with Congress to get new laws passed that will ban these drugs.

The Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey has been tracking students from secondary school to young adults for nearly four decades, measuring their drug, alcohol and cigarette use. Each year the study chronicles the behaviors and attitudes of nearly 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders.

Researchers say the drop in alcohol and cigarette use has occurred gradually for a number of years.

"That cigarette use has continued to decline to historically low rates is welcome news given our concerns that decline may have slowed or stalled in recent years," said NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse who funded the study. "Tobacco and alcohol cause more disability and death in this country than any other drug , so we are heartened that efforts made by the public health community to educate teens and prevent drug abuse seem to be having an impact."

Fourteen years ago about 75% of 12th-graders admitted drinking alcohol. In 2011, 63.5% say they did. This year almost 27% of eighth-graders surveyed used alcohol compared to approximately 47% in 1994. Over the last 5 years, binge drinking - defined as having five or more drinks in a row over a two-week period - fell among all three grades.

Teen smoking fell in all three grades as well. A little more than 10% of 12th graders say they smoke daily - down significantly from 24.6% in 1997; while just 2.4% of 8th graders reported smoking every day.

"This is very good news for the health and longevity of these young people," states Lloyd Johnston, research scientist at the University of Michigan and the principal investigator of the study. "Even a reduction of only one percentage point can translate into thousands of premature deaths being prevented."

Teen smoking peaked in 1996-1997. Since then, the levels have dropped significantly - 71% for 8th graders, 61% in 10th graders and 49% in seniors. In fact, the number of students who have tried smoking at all fell dramatically.

Marijuana use, on the other hand, continues to rise at a steady pace, researchers found. More than 36% of seniors reported using the drug over the past year; almost 7% say they use it daily. Researchers say the rise in use is tied to the perception that the drug is not harmful.

The study also tracked prescription drug trends. Use of the painkiller Vicodin dropped among sophomores, and remained unchanged - but at levels considered high - among seniors.

Researchers say the fact that OxyContin use has remained steady for all three grades over the last five years is cause for concern. Another cause for alarm - amphetamine use is up among high school seniors. They saw no change in the use of Adderall and Ritalin, both ADHD medications, over the last year. But they did see a considerable drop in the number of 8th graders abusing over-the-counter cough medication.

The study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. Volkow says the institute is launching an updated prescription drug section on their teen website in an effort to educate teenagers about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

"Teens can go to our PEERx pages to find interactive videos and other tools that help them make healthy decisions and understand the risks of abusing prescription drugs."


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  1. dennismcgn

    the issue why the adolescent turn toward synthethic cannabis...
    it is undetected in drug screens...
    so the kids can get their high without the risk of a +UDS {drug screen}

    December 14, 2011 at 12:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • HIPunch

      There IS a drug screen for it, but it is expensive.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:09 | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      Legalize it, it's no worse than drinking. I don't smoke but I know many who do and I've seen guys get crazy while drinking but never while high on weed.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      They turn to synthetic THC because in many states it's legal with no age restrictions and readily available at convenience stores. Synthetic THC would show up in a regular THC screen, but if it is legal, well...

      Here in WI we made synthetic THC (and its analogs) a schedule 1 controlled substance this year.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:57 | Report abuse |
    • Tooth Fairy

      Dee, this ain't weed. This is seriously bad sheet. Weed doesn't make you fight the television or kill your dog for looking at you. DO NOT WANT.

      December 14, 2011 at 15:52 | Report abuse |
  2. Daryl

    Marijuana should be regulated and taxed. That way you would have to be 21 to purchase it. Yes kids will still get a hold of marijuana like they do with alcohol, but it will be much harder to get. When I was a kid it was much harder to get alcohol then marijuana. I smoked marijuana when I was in school and I became the Executive VP of a company so it will not always hurt your ability to better your self. Marijuana has become mainstream today, unfortunately our elected representatives are very out of touch with mainstream society. We waste billions of hard earned tax dollars to fight against marijuana when we should be spending that money on education. I hope our politicians will start to listen.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      Care to name the company you are the so called "executive VP" for? A few pot heads do actually secede, so maybe you are not lying, however doubtful that is, but the majority will not. Read statistics, they don't lie.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:17 | Report abuse |
    • jon

      You act like kids can't get a hold of cigarettes and alcohol because there are regulated. There isn't one country in the world that has legalized marijuana. The US isn't going to be the first. Left wing nutjobs can hope all they want, but I think society is trying to become healthier. It better we don't make more harmful substances acceptable. Perhaps cigarettes will disappear from use in society someday.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:19 | Report abuse |
    • lovenit

      I TOTALLY agree with you!! & it is rediculous that this "K2" crap is not banned, because it is causing more harm to kids than the real deal would! In my own town, there was a young man that DIED & they believe it was because he smoked a large amount of K2 which caused him to stop breathing!!! I hate that I work my rear end off, & I don't mind to let loose once in a while, but I can't LEGALLY. But yet the guy down the street can buy all the alcohol he wants, & die of alcohol poisoning! When has marijuana actually harmed someone???? Anyways, I really agree with you. Not to mention how it would help the economy!

      December 14, 2011 at 13:19 | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      And funny that, other drug users are sitting in the OWS protests, protesting people like you and those people will amount to nothing at the moment.

      A LOT of money is spent on the endless pit known as education, obviously that money is not doing a darn thing to change anything about education. But hey lets legalize ALL drugs, let everyone get messed up and be a bane on society for the people that do not engage in any of that stuff. Rock on!

      December 14, 2011 at 13:19 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      @Bob: Marijuana users "secede"??? Ha! Ha! Ha! Why don't YOU try succeeding by taking a basic english language class! Ha! Ha! Ha!

      December 14, 2011 at 13:29 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      @Bob: Yes Bob, statistics DO lie! One of the main roles of statistics is to be manipulated to prove someone's point of view!

      December 14, 2011 at 13:31 | Report abuse |
    • punchka

      I'm glad you were able to succeed. Just because someone smoked pot doesn't mean they are going to be a failure in life. However, your statement about being an executive VP doesn't mean much unless you name the company and show that it isn't some basement operation that you started with your friend from high school.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:34 | Report abuse |
    • 4reason

      I have to say I agree with your post 100%. I also did my fair share of smoking and am doing fine with a Ph.D. in biophysics and have a good, engaging job as a scientist. In reponse to the other commentors replying to this post: wanting to leagalize marijuana is not for 'left-wing' nut jobs, there are plenty of right wingers (libertarians) that are for it as well. And citing
      'statistics' as evidence that smokers have poor future prospects is laughably uninformed and only demonstates how poorly you understand these things. Take it from a scientist, the samples sizes and controls used in such societal statistics are often pretty suspect, plus statistics almost never shows causation, only correlation. Your statement would be analagous to me citing statistics to argue that the large number of shootings in the US is caused by high gun ownership, or the leading cause of death are heart related diesaes, hence we should outlaw fats.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:35 | Report abuse |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Jon – I suppose Holland doesn't count as a country with legal cannabis? And what about the Rastafarians in Jamaica? It's all over the place, legal or not, so your statement had no point either.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:37 | Report abuse |
    • Lee S

      @bob, you are very naive.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:42 | Report abuse |
    • stvnkrs10

      Everyone at my company smokes pot. Most people I know smoke pot and they all make over 60k. There are two kinds of smokers just like there are two kinds of drinkers. Those that can enjoy it in moderation and still lead functional lives, and those that cant handle it and let it control their lives. I have never seen a room full of people smoking pot fight or tear up the place, nor have I seen someone smoke a joint and plow through an intersection and kill a family. I have never heard of someone smoking pot and throwing up in a toilet all night or passing out and being gang raped at a party. So why is alchohol legal again and pot inst?

      December 14, 2011 at 13:46 | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      Amsterdam has decriminalized marijuana and has an extremely low crime rate.

      December 14, 2011 at 14:04 | Report abuse |
    • finally

      EXACTLY.

      December 14, 2011 at 14:30 | Report abuse |
    • Damon

      Wow Bob, weak comment.

      To doubt a person's success purely because he enjoys some cannabis.

      How many lawyers, doctors, execs, business owners, etc.. like to relax at the end of the day with either 1-2 drinks or a bit of herb. You wouldn't know because they just do their jobs and come home and discreetly relax.

      I personally run a 1.2 million $ business and am quite successful, do you doubt that purely because I use cannabis?
      Its normally the person and opportunities that makes success, very few successful people overall lose it due to using intoxicants, that's reality.

      December 14, 2011 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
  3. ficheye

    Kids want to get high because the country is in such a mess and their futures are in doubt. They get high to forget.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Karaya

      Oh, please, spare me... At that age kids don't give a rat's tail neither about the country not about their own future. They smoke because they are dumb – in a good, youth-dumb way.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:52 | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Actually, i think you are both probably right. This country is massive, and you can't possibly put the reason why individual kids smoke, etc under one umbrella

      December 14, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      No. Considering I've only been out of high school a couple of years now, I can tell you that most high school kids don't even know what the word "economy" means. That's not even an exaggeration. They just don't want to do homework. It's nothing but pure laziness. Not depression.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:09 | Report abuse |
    • punchka

      Too idealistic. They smoke pot because it makes them feel good, their friends are doing it, they are bored, and/or don't have adequate parental support to help them do what is right and not waste their time, money and brain cells.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:36 | Report abuse |
    • Tooth Fairy

      That's not the point; the point is that so-called "synthetic pot" is nothing like pot and causes people to flip out for a few minutes which often results in violence or damage. I'd huff spraypaint before I'd touch that stuff, and I'd NEVER huff spraypaint.

      December 14, 2011 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
  4. The Supernatural Anaesthetist

    We tell kids that smoking marijuana is wrong,but they see sales of cigarettes and especially alcohol (legal) and they say,"what a bunch of constipated hypocrites".So long as the people pay exhorbitant taxes on those LEGAL substances,there is no problem.What a crock of ****.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. AJ

    The principal chemical in the hemp plant that acts on the brain and produces a “high” is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC. Because THC affects thought processes, it is called psychoactive.Unburned marijuana leaves and hashish contain about 400 chemicals. Sixty of these chemicals are unique to the hemp plant and 150 are known to cause cancer. Dried marijuana leaves contain 2,000 chemicals, many of which have not been studied and whose properties are not known.Once in the blood stream, these chemicals are taken up and stored in body organs rich in fat, such as the brain and reproductive system. No one smokes marijuana with the intention of becoming drug dependent. But it is a risk all pot smokers run. Half of the teenagers who smoke marijuana become regular users. One out of three regular users goes on to use harder drugs.Learning and memory are the cognitive functions of the brain by which we know things. Both of these functions are adversely affected by marijuana. THC causes loss of short-term memory, a slowing of learning, poor concentration, and a shortened attention span. These effects are magnified in the adolescent.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimbo

      Source please and if it is a government study, why believe it?

      December 14, 2011 at 12:53 | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      http://www.deep6inc.com

      December 14, 2011 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      The man who did these studies was a forensic examiner, I can't think of a better source that has directly seen the effects of these terrible chemicals. If you don't believe this site; you're hopeless. Sorry

      December 14, 2011 at 12:57 | Report abuse |
    • DEAstomper

      Reported Abuse.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      I'm a high school chemistry teacher with a college background in Organic and Plant chemistry. I know how these drugs harm your body. I spend weeks in my class teaching these concepts to my kids. It's a struggle because so many of them are fed the lies that you all are that drugs are okay. It's a tough battle when so many people think the government and other law enforcement agencies are trying to keep them from something good. It's not true, this stuff kills.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:59 | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Sorry AJ, that is a big propoganda page. Thanks for letting us all know you would be looking at a bunch of dead bodies. No sources of studies listed, if you went to high school you would have learned that no sources of study = bogus paper. The reason so many kids use cannibas is because people like you tell them you will end up dead in a ditch if you smoke it, they realize how full of BS you are and think for themselves. Maybe if we were honest to them they wouldn't use as much, education would be way more beneficial than lies.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:00 | Report abuse |
    • steve

      I have read scores of marijuana reports and none except the ones from the DEA without any medical research quote the static you use. All others starting with the one in 1972 up and including 2011 have all said the legalization is the correct answer. this post is just another example of how out of touch with this issue you are.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:01 | Report abuse |
    • patrick

      A regular user is not necessarily an addict. Pot is not addictive, but it's so great you will become a regular user.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:01 | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      And you know what AJ, most of those dead bodies are a result of our policies. You sicken me with your propoganda.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:03 | Report abuse |
    • patrick

      Alcohol shares a lot of the same effects, but alcohol is far, far more harmful. Weed is less harmful, and not addictive.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:06 | Report abuse |
    • HIPunch

      Good job spreading the lies, AJ. That "source" you cited is a propaganda machine with zero credibility. It's good to know you lap up everything you read on the internet as truth.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:12 | Report abuse |
    • James Staziak

      AJ... People like you give this wonderful plant a bad name. MJ has not caused one single death since it has been smoked. Smoke is smoke.. obviously it's not the best for you but it's certainly not going to be the one thing that causes you cancer. if your going to get cancer your going to get it theres no way around it. You misinform people here with your information a website (went there, very laughable) It's called growing organic plants. THC is used for many medical purposes as well as CBD. My father has degenerative MS and smokes on a daily basis RECOMMENDED by a doctor. It helps him walk, speak, and do things he couldnt do if he didnt smoke. You spreading these lies is crazy. The plants that have those chemicals are what is known as "mids" which is crappy quality mass produced. Medical grade MJ (A-) is organically grown and STUDIES have shown that MJ itself is actually good for the human body. Stop spreading lies. Nobody is going to give you any credit if you browsed one website by a guy who could be against MJ for personal or paid reasons.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:14 | Report abuse |
    • James Staziak

      BTW: When I say smoke wont be the one thing to cause you cancer I mean MJ smoke not cig smoke. So dont try and slam that in my face. I know scientists and botanists that smoke this plant and are out to prove the lies you spew are complete garbage. When you say its addictive you lose all credability. The addiction is not from the plant, its not coke. The addiction is your brain wanting to feel happy/high again. Will power has everything to do with that

      December 14, 2011 at 13:20 | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      The anti-AJ comments posted do nothing but prove the point.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:20 | Report abuse |
    • Dripping Design

      I smoke every single day and I bet I'm quite a bit more intelligent than you AJ. I actually formulate my own opinions instead of regurgitating anti-cannabis propaganda.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:20 | Report abuse |
    • tom

      But I do believe that marijuana should be regulated and kept out of the hands of adolescents. When the brain's neural systems are still in development the introduction of THC couldl potentially have negative effects (although I haven't found a credible study of this I believe its a definite possibility) But then again sugar/caffeine/preservatives can have a potential negative impact of children

      December 14, 2011 at 13:21 | Report abuse |
    • nini

      Thank you for putting some information out there for people (regardless of whether they believe it or not)....I have long said that marijana was addictive and not from something I read, but from what I saw up close and personal.....I have known people who have been addicted though they would say what many of these posters have....that they are not addicts and it is not possible to be one on this drug....I hate that this society makes smoking marijuana okay in the eyes of our youth....if you want to smoke as an adult...you do so at your own risk....but please don't do a disservice to our youth by trying to make this a "non drug" ......I give kids the same sermon regarding all drugs including alcohol and cigarettes....it just isn't worth it....just because smoking marijuana does not produce the death and sickness numbers that alcohol and cigarettes do...does not make it a harmless drug....

      December 14, 2011 at 13:23 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      This is absolutely ridiculous.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • Dripping Design

      If you're an "oraganic and plant chemist" you should at least know you smoke the flowering tops, not the dried leaves. No wonder you're so against MJ, you've been smoking leaves!

      December 14, 2011 at 13:27 | Report abuse |
    • Haywood

      AJ – if marijuana is so harmful, cite me ONE case of a user overdosing, or otherwise dying from the "Direct" use of this plant. If you can present factual evidence I'm sure that your comments will be more compelling.
      I'll wait patiently

      December 14, 2011 at 13:36 | Report abuse |
    • Sergio

      I go to school at Michigan State and I use pot to gain motivation for studying, and then do my homework. To say it's bad could depend on the person but personally I've managed to maintain a 3.8 in the medical school. It's a harmless drug and anyone that thinks otherwise is just an idiot who hasn't lived life.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:39 | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      "but please don't do a disservice to our youth by trying to make this a "non drug""

      We are trying to do a service for the kids by making it legal and harder for them to acquire.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:42 | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Not for nothing, but in recorded history there have been a grand total of 0 deaths from consuming cannabis. None. Not a single recorded death. Aspirin is more "dangerous" then any cannabis product.

      Also, Synthetics were all pretty much moved to schedule 1 about 6 months ago, (meaning they are as illegal as coke or heroine.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • nini

      @timmy.....I was not commenting on legalizing it or not legalizing it...that is a whole different discussion of its own....I was talking about the kids who see nothing wrong with the drug...see the drug as being harmless based on what some adults have told them and how some adults treat the drug....there is the disservice...what adults decide to do, smoke it or not, is their choice....what I am saying is regardless of how we feel about it personally, lets do right by our youth.....

      December 14, 2011 at 15:00 | Report abuse |
    • BRBSanDiego

      AJ – how many crackhead friends did you have over when you wrote up this fantasy?

      December 14, 2011 at 15:34 | Report abuse |
    • Tooth Fairy

      "The man who did these studies was a forensic examiner," And they never lie, or misrepresent, or take pictures of John Lennon's corpse, because they are a race of superior beings. Uh-huh. So by now I should be unable to remember my own name, and my body's falling apart? Right. But hey, I agree that you can't intake stuff without leaving metabolic residue; working around chemicals or in a mine will leave traces in your body that you haven't excreted or processed out, and we are all breathing in gasoline and sulfur dioxide and stuff like that all day. I'm already addicted to water and food and air, so non-addictive chemicals in my system are not a major problem to me, and I'm not a child so I can see society's bias towards pot pushing people who use it into certain professions. The preservatives and sweeteners in the processed food we eat is probably a bigger threat in terms of late-life dementia.

      December 14, 2011 at 16:06 | Report abuse |
  6. NickRocks

    sssssssssssssssssssssssmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooookkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    December 14, 2011 at 12:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Monk

      Lol, all i can think of is that Family Guy ep. where Peter works for the Tobaccie Execs.

      Smoke...SMOKE.....SMMMOOKKKKEEEE........

      You smoking yet?

      December 14, 2011 at 13:04 | Report abuse |
  7. Jimbo

    The only serious consequence that will come from smoking cannabis is the risk of being arrested, a consequence fabricated by our government. There are millions of productive americans that go about their days working hard and enjoy a little THC here and there, the only thing that might stop them being productive to society is our own government.

    As far as synthetic stuff goes, I have never tried and never will. I won't ingest some herbs that are sprayed with chemicals, it is not the same as a natural plant. Again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a little puff of the sativa or indica, any harm that will come is from other people trying to ruin your life.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • volksmaniac

      I have been employed in various management level positions over the past 40 years , and have never been fired or repremanded during my employment . So those who say you can't better yourself and use marijuana at the same time are only stating someone else's opinions , not hard facts . The fact is that anything can be detrimental to you if you abuse it . That includes drugs , food , and even sex . While I may be an exception , there are many more doing the same thing and have been productive citizens . Legalize it and tax it is the right answer . Prohibition doesn't work now , nor has it ever .

      December 14, 2011 at 13:19 | Report abuse |
    • ronjon

      You are truly enlightened. Do you suspect that walking through a burning house is also good for your lungs?

      December 14, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse |
    • Hap Hazzard

      But uses WILL f-up a bag of Oreos. The day weed is legalized, I'm putting all my money in Kraft Foods stock.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:58 | Report abuse |
    • Tooth Fairy

      Go walk through a typical laundromat and you'll be ready to declare that Hagen-Dasz ice cream and Sara Lee cheesecakes ought to be a controlled substance. Talk about chemical substances remaining behind in your body; some of those heifers are bigger than Santa Claus.

      December 14, 2011 at 16:09 | Report abuse |
  8. Joseph

    So much of this article is wrong. I work in a store that sells this stuff LEGALLY. Whenever the government bans one of the chems that is used to make it they simply change the formula.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JC

      Pretty much every state has banned the synthetic chemicals. Some states have even gone so far as out-law anything that is a cb2 antagonist. (yes, technically that includes aspirin.)

      December 14, 2011 at 14:00 | Report abuse |
    • Tooth Fairy

      Really, it's bad news. We had a guy freak out and beat his girl to death on it; people get disoriented and angry and yell and fight. This is nothing like weed.

      December 14, 2011 at 16:11 | Report abuse |
  9. AJ

    If you really believe Marijuana is okay to use you should check out the link below. Just because a drug has more long-term bad physiological effects it doesn't mean it is any less harmful. Marijuana users are drug addicts like any of the other drug users.

    http://deep6inc.com/previewmar23.html

    December 14, 2011 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimbo

      If you even drink a single beer you are a hypocrite AJ.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      reputable sources needed, not propaganda.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:03 | Report abuse |
    • steve

      A J. Just what are the symptoms of marijuana addiction and withdrawal. There are none. so who is addicted the same people that get addicted to food, sex. Your wrong on this I know from over 35 years of on again off again usage.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:04 | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      I don't drink beer. Like I said earlier my background and degrees are in Organic and Plant Chemistry. I've forgotten more about this stuff then you will ever know Jimbo.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse |
    • BS

      You mean like, say, people are addicted to coffee, Coca-Cola® or Diet Coke®? All three have had studies saying they are harmful to health in the long term to some degree.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:09 | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Sorry AJ I guess you are no hypocrite than. With your organic degree and all, I bet I can still grow better herb than you.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:12 | Report abuse |
    • SteveS

      AJ "Science shows its addictive" ?? Please link to the peer reviewed scientific study of this...Oh wait, you can't. Just because someone likes something, doesn't mean its necessarily addictive. I like Lamborghinis, it doesnt mean Im addicted to them. DUH.
      I bet you think someone that smokes it, will get "Reefer Madness" too, huh?

      December 14, 2011 at 13:16 | Report abuse |
    • HIPunch

      AJ, if you really had a background in organic chemistry, you would realize that your "source" is unreliable and cites no other reliable sources for it's information. You're spreading second and third-hand lies propagated by the FDA. You should try looking for sources that actually CITE their information.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:16 | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      That link is for misinformation and propaganda. Might as well rename it "Foxnewsknowsthatweedwillkillyou .org. No one has ever died from using MJ.

      December 14, 2011 at 14:11 | Report abuse |
    • Tooth Fairy

      Steve, if I run out I will feel some low-level depression for a few days. That's it. After a week, nothing. The fact that it takes a day or so to kick in seems to indicate that it's in my system at a certain level, and the fact that it goes away seems to indicate that it is metabolized away. I'm much more worried about cholesterol.

      December 14, 2011 at 16:15 | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      How do they determine who is an addict of marijuana? What is it based on? Marijuana is not physically addictive, it's emotionally addictive just like gambling, video games, and tv when abused. Why aren't these items illegal too?

      December 16, 2011 at 16:24 | Report abuse |
  10. AJ

    If you really believe Marijuana is okay to use you should check out the link below. Just because a drug has more long-term bad physiological effects it doesn't mean it is any less harmful.
    http://deep6inc.com/previewmar23.html

    December 14, 2011 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • steve

      AJ I just went to your site it has no reporting what so ever it appears its just that guys opinion. Which we all have. The second frame I saw was the rat example, did you know in the study that found these problems they injected almost 2000% higher thc level then can be found in marijuana. The rest are just as wrong.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse |
    • ACRO

      Ugh Drama! Russian Roulette...really!?! You have to do better than that. You take your life into your own hands when you get behind a wheel of a car. Would you consider driving the same as Russian Roulette? How about eating a fatty diet? Walking down a flight of stairs?

      Drug addict...come one. Answer this George Soros – drug addict or billionare.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:08 | Report abuse |
    • tom

      You have got to be kidding me. I'm not sure a picture with a possible fake story is providing viable evidence of marijuana's harmful effects. I have searched through numerous scientific journals with a high amount of credibility (ie actual studies that include results). The only article I found that deemed marijuana a risky drug explained how those who carry a susceptible genetic predisposition to schizophrenia often have an addictive side effect to THC/CBD. All the evidence pointed to was this particular group, which also carries a risk of developing a number of other serious disorders. Although not all the chemicals of marijuana has been studied extensively I have yet to come across a study that links marijuana and serious drug effects (cancer, physiological dependence, memory loss, etc). The only KNOWN side effects that effect the 90% percentile are partial weight gain and some memory loss (but only during and with a minimal refractory period). Marijuana (in moderation) has a number of benefits, I suggest you look those up. The claims that is a "gateway" drug is also false, it all depends of personality/environment.

      As for this K2 drug, are you surprised a SYNTHETIC product has harmful side effects?

      December 14, 2011 at 13:18 | Report abuse |
    • John Tunstall

      not one person on the planet has ever died from the use or consumption of marijuana. It helps Cancer patients, HIV patients, MS sufferers, glaucoma sufferers and even menstrual cramps(to many others to mention). Its illegal because of its medicinal properties which would infringe on pharmaceutical profits.....that and anyone can grow it without being taxed

      December 14, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      Great post, Tom.

      December 14, 2011 at 14:13 | Report abuse |
    • Tooth Fairy

      John, if you widen it to include hashish, people have died or gotten into a bad way from hash. Especially people EATING hashish, which is about what they did to the rats in bozo's scare page. But that's really concentrated stuff, and often adulterated with opiates.

      December 14, 2011 at 16:19 | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    Kerlikowske is an idiot. Synthetic marijuana is much safer than sniffing glue. Smoking regular marijuana is safer than smoking synthetic. Time to legalize marijuana. The American People DEMAND IT. Kids are going to find a way to get high NO MATTER WHAT. Why don't we look at the artificial society we have created and the unrealistic demands put on kids to understand WHY kids want to escape reality. Maybe the false America we have created is what causes the drug demand in this country. America is not the land of milk and honey like we have been led to believe.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tooth Fairy

      Really, you'd be better off snorting propellant from cans. This stuff is nothing like weed.

      December 14, 2011 at 16:20 | Report abuse |
  12. JWG

    High school seniors smoking marajuana??? Say it aint so!

    December 14, 2011 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. huey

    Better ease up on the real stuff. This is a problem of their own making.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Kevin

    WOW "Science shows it is addictive. Research shows it impairs driving. Studies show it can degrade academic performance." OH MY good thing that they put a stop to this horrible drug and continue to profit off Alcohol sales instead, because alcohol doesn't have these effects on people......right?

    December 14, 2011 at 13:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hey hello!

      Kevin 1, America 0

      December 14, 2011 at 13:06 | Report abuse |
  15. hamsta

    People were making fake whiskey during alcohol prohibition-its called moonshine.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimbo

      Actually moonshine is real whiskey, just not aged in wood casks. But good point, prohibition doesn't do any good for society.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse |
  16. AJ is an idiot

    Hey AJ, whats it to you? Did a weed plant steal your gf? I'm hopeless if I don't believe your mindless dribble? Ha, you are the on who could get a clue.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • AJ

      I'm a high school chemistry teacher with degrees in Organic and Plant chemistry. I've studied more on the chemicals in these things than you could comprehend. Don't try to prove people wrong by just claiming they don't know what they're talking about. Several degrees would prove you wrong.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:11 | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      AJ people that have real degrees don't brag about them in every internet post to lend credibility to themselves. If your a teacher what are you doing posting on the internet and not teaching. Reported!

      December 14, 2011 at 13:15 | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Did your degrees teach you to post links to pages that tell people they will be stabbed in the back or end up falling face first onto their kitchen floor if they smoked cannibis even though millions of people have never had this happen to them. Did your degree tell you that people would believe some page written by a complete stranger over thier personal experiences?

      December 14, 2011 at 13:16 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      A high school chemistry teacher huh? Wow. I'm flabbergasted with the level of knowledge that you must possess. What a joke.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:31 | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      Wow, a high school chemistry teacher. No offense, but I will trust the studies done under the Single Convention and scientists dedicated to the study of MJ over the guy that has to coach volleyball.

      December 14, 2011 at 14:15 | Report abuse |
  17. OhPlease

    Daryl says "Marijuana should be regulated and taxed...... Marijuana has become mainstream today...... We waste billions of hard earned tax dollars to fight against marijuana when we should be spending that money on education. I hope our politicians will start to listen."

    I can't believe an Executive VP would say all of these things in one paragraph. Let's educate people to the downside to legalizing marijuana. I hope those politicians are not listening to you. "Mainstream" ?? That may be in your 'Executive" lifestyle but there are far more people who want to function with a clear mind, relieve stress with healthier alternatives, and socialize without 'smoking'...

    December 14, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff

      Allow me to correct him for you. He meant to say EXTREMELY MAINSTREAM. You're a dinosaur and your thinking reflects it.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:32 | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      There are no downsides to legalizing, unless you profit from it being illegal.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:34 | Report abuse |
    • lovenit

      If you DON'T want to smoke it, that is your choice! & I can totally understand that. But there are some people in this country, even Executive VPs, that just want a little smoke every now and again & that is THEIR choice! Who has the right to tell us what we can & can't put into our bodies?? Oh that's right, the so called Government! blah blah blah.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:39 | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      "Healthy alternative"?????? Name one drug that's safer then marijuana, please enlighten us Einstein.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:45 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Oh please yourself, cannabis is not harmful in moderation.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse |
    • summersun

      The point is people should have the CHOICE. If you prefer not to, don't. It's safe than alcohol.

      December 14, 2011 at 14:41 | Report abuse |
  18. roosterfish6

    Typical poorly written sensationalizing CNN article. For instance, what is synthetic marijuana? Is it really THC synthesized in a lab? Is it an analogue or just a slang term for some new class of drug? Where is it coming from?

    December 14, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ACRO

      Right? This is a whole different smoke and should be classified differently. I have seen people on video losing their minds in a instant on this stuff. THC...um pass me the Oreo's and milk please, while I listen to some beats, and read this book on currency swaps. How's that for being a addict to the greenery? Heck that's multi-tasking if you ask me, not losing my brain!

      December 14, 2011 at 13:14 | Report abuse |
  19. Tel

    The harm done to society by banning the drug far outweighs the harm done by the drug itself. Millions jailed (and big bucks spent to house, feed, and guard them), gangsters enriched, profits fueling what's basically a civil war in Mexico on the one hand; zero deaths, murky and hard-to-measure cognitive consequences, and probably an increased long-term risk for lung cancer on the other. As long as you're not hurting anyone else but yourself, smoke whatever you want. It's a stupid decision that ought to be legal.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ACRO

      NYC cop killed over the weekend. Why, because some thugs were robbing a dealers apartment and the officer answered a burgulary call. Wonder if the officer would have been alive today had marijuana been legal.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:16 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Sorry ARCO NARCO but who cares if a cop dies.....I sure don;t

      December 14, 2011 at 13:54 | Report abuse |
  20. Anomic Office Drone

    Synthetic marijuana can kill you. You can overdose on it.

    Natural marijuana can't kill you. You can't overdose on it.

    What is wrong with this country?

    December 14, 2011 at 13:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Brian

    I love the shrill cries of "kids are in the hospital after smoking this synthetic stuff!!!"....how about decriminalizing the REAL stuff that is no worse than alcohol and cigarettes (which, btw, are still both legal...) and this wouldn't be a concern.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Rich

    I'm sure most drink taxed liquor and beer which is way worse but taxed so ok.Plus a super big lobby group.......

    December 14, 2011 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Daniel

    This article could have benefited greatly from some explanation on how synthetic is different than natural. As a previous poster said, we discuss alcohol and cigarettes honestly and trust our kids to avoid driving drunk or smoking due to the genuine health concerns. We make pot out like you're going to die in a gutter and when they smoke it and then go to class as normal the next day, it destroys the credibility of the people telling them it's dangerous. Yes driving impaired on any substance is dangerous and any drug abuse has financial and social consequences and parents and teachers need to speak to kids about it, but when you overstate the danger, you lose the ability to have that conversation with kids.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. sick n tired

    This is so crazy. We prohibit a substance that has been proven over a very long period time to be nearly harmless but let these otherwise unknown and potetially dangerous substances go unchecked.

    If mankind has been using cannibis for over 5,000 years (which we have) why would anyone think it will stop just because the alcohol industry wants it to? The war on drugs is such a waste of money and a drain on our society it should be ended.

    The punishment for a crime should be no less detrimental to an individual than the crime itself. Unfortunately if a pot smoker gets busted they get to got to criminal college and learn how to be a real criminal. Good thing too because they will have to resort to crime just to make a living when they get out. Our system is fundamentally broken from the bottom to the top, beyond repair. Its time to tear it down and start over.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. BRBSanDiego

    I am 60+ years old and have smoked MJ off and on since I was in my mid teens. I earned 3.5 GPA from a very difficult public school, maintained a 3.7 GPA through undergraduate school, finished off the education sojourn with double masters degrees, and never looked back. I worked for several technology startups developing usefull products for military and civilian applications for almost thirty years. A couple companies I worked for had Friday status meetings with beer, wine, food, and MJ. They both were great companies with super talented engineering doctoral holders from Stanford, USC, Dartmouth, etc. Smoking or ingesting THC on a fairly regular basis had no negative effects on anyone I worked with. It did help create a communicative, creative environment in very time critical, difficult application development. The results speak for themselves since many of us were substantially rewarded when the companies and their products went public or were acquired by larger companies. Life will never be that good again, since everything now is directed, controlled, and regulated by the insidious "MOMMY STATE" we have recently become.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • T-Luv

      Would mind divulging some of those companies I wouldnt mind applying for a position with one.

      December 14, 2011 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • BRBSanDiego

      Reply to T-Love - Our startups were sold to IBM, Tektronics, Hewlett-Packard, Department of Defense, ARCO, et al. We got gobs of cash and residuals for seven years which is why I was able to retire at 58. Maybe it was the MJ or maybe not. Do you not know that most creative endeavors require exactly the "out of the box" solutions demanded by difficult technical solutions.

      December 14, 2011 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
  26. Brian

    not to make light of driving impaired, but seriously, as a teenager many many...MANY moons ago, I was so damned paranoid that i drove under the speed limit and was more road aware than sober lol

    December 14, 2011 at 13:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. so whatsup

    Hmmm...I have a hypothesis that all living things tend to gravitate toward those things that cause them to feel good. Where before we found good old fashioned organic highs, technology gives us a greater ability to produce it. We have education, we have right and wrong, we have fear to help us just say 'No'. Oooops...no is what we tell others, not ourselves. Also, when society teaches that irresponsibility garners greater attention and empathy, why not take drugs. What, really, is the downside? Not hypothetically speaking...but outside our own little world. Can we ever give to a person what a drug does...unless it is a person who will give their life to get off the drug?

    December 14, 2011 at 13:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. loathstheright

    Legalize Marijuana, the government lies about it, it is not addicting, it is not a gateway drug. It was made illegal by lobbying from the cotton and timber industry because it was a better product for cloth and paper.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tooth Fairy

      Google "Harry J. Anslinger" and be amazed. He pretty much made marijuana illegal all by himself, based on one or two murder cases.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:43 | Report abuse |
  29. Carey

    Research: I'd like to see who the population surveyed is and their demographics. My assumption; urban kids in "key" cities in the US.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. rdbeard

    This article is crazy. I smoked pot for over 30 years and decided to quit one day. No addiction problem. Perhaps we need to redefine what in the world they mean by addiction. I have never tried the synthetic, I'm not into ingesting chemicals that are manufactured. People please realize the FDA and the DEA have a major interest in putting out this stuff. These are major government agencies that have billion dollar budgets with extremely high paying jobs. They risk becoming unemployed if we ever decide the war on this drug is not necessary. Oh, and how has the war on drugs gone for the past 40 years. No one is discussing this war that never ends and costs billions per year. This is at a time we are trying to cut costs in our government. The only way to fight this war is through education, truthful education rather than a bunch of hysterical statements.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. rick

    "A few pot heads do actually secede, so maybe you are not lying, however doubtful that is, but the majority will not. Read statistics, they don't lie."

    Secede from what?

    If you have stats regarding potheads, provide them

    December 14, 2011 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joey

      Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, the last three presidents and over tens of millions of working adults all turned out just fine. Reefer madness is a mental disorder.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:36 | Report abuse |
    • Tooth Fairy

      Ah, that explains why the whole Confederate Army smokes pot these days. They seceded.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:42 | Report abuse |
  32. Patty

    @A.J.: I'm also an educator and I have to agree that you can't simply state the opinions of others as fact. This is something we learn very early on when we are seeking our Ed degrees. Your comments are both arrogant and ignorant and I'm embarrassed to be your colleague. Degrees don't mean you are more intelligent or more informed. They just mean that you spent more money to jump through the hoops and recite whatever your professors believed to be the right answers at that time. The most brilliant, creative and well informed people that I know avoided college, educated themselves and saved a boat load of money. You really should find more credible sources than what you have posted. The problem is, most of the reports that align with your beliefs are full of bias and political influence.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bud

      I went to a private school on the north shore of Chicago and a good handful of my past teachers admitted to smoking pot....i obviously found this out post graduation

      December 14, 2011 at 13:35 | Report abuse |
    • Dripping Design

      Thank you Patty, Spreading mis-information about marijuana causes young people to not trust adults when it comes to truly dangerous substances like heroine. They try pot and realize they've been lied to and assume that they were lied to about all other drugs as well. We need an open, honest risk assessment provided to young people that matches up with their own experiences so that adults can be a credible source of information rather than a mouthpiece spewing propaganda.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:47 | Report abuse |
  33. Upside

    Drugs are not all bad. They have been used for enlightenment in some cultures and religions as well as enhancements to how some great artists have perceived and expressed the world around them for the pleasures and advancement of humanity. I think this notion that anything that offers us an alternative consciousness through organic or inorganc means is bad simply causes us to continue down the same path that has gotten us nowhere. Perhaps we need a paradigm shift?
    After all, don't we create education and policy based on, "they're going to do it anyway..."

    December 14, 2011 at 13:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Joey

    As a conservative I'm getting concerned. This issue is quickly becoming our "illegal immigration" so to speak. We need to pull our heads out of the sand before we lose future generations for good. This is a common sense issue, its as basic as two plus two, all the polls show support for legal cannabis rising at a staggering rate. We need to let go of the old wives tales, let go of the nonsensical horror stories. All the science points in the same direction, all the polls point in the same direction, not to mention basic common sense points in the same direction. We have 5% of the worlds population and we house 25% of the worlds prison population, that costs money, that is insane.

    As conservatives its important that we make it clear to younger generations. We are the party of common sense. We are the party of freedom and personal responsibility. There is absolutely no reason to laugh in the face of science, while holding on to bankrupting, backward policy's for the sake of nostalgia. Its time to let go of the past, we were wrong, period. The war on drugs has destroyed millions of lives, we've wasted over a trillion dollars. This is supposed to be the land of the free, not the land of the incarcerated. We have allowed our government to rob us of our 4th amendment rights, all for what? A plant? Are you kidding me? Stand up for freedom before there's none left to fight for. Freedom and personal responsibility, live it, breath it, preach it. Vote for Ron Paul

    December 14, 2011 at 13:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimbo

      Joey, nice to see a right winger that shares my same views. Unfortunately we are outnumbered with evangelicals that will be close to impossible to talk common sense with, hopefully thier children will be more intelligent.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
    • Tooth Fairy

      The tax money would put our economy in the black, but Ron Paul would be too busy trying to wreck our currency by tying it to gold to do anything about dope.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:41 | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      @tooth fairy

      If you think printing paper money till you can't power the printer is how to get out of this I suggest you take a look at Europe. Ron Paul knows what he s talking about. The status quo is going to turn us into a third turd country.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      Oh My God! Hell has frozen over. I totally agree with a conservative.

      December 14, 2011 at 14:26 | Report abuse |
  35. truthandconsequences

    U.S. government policy on marijuana is based on LIES and IGNORANCE, and Kerlikowske is the currently designated spokesman.

    Most people now do not pay any attention to what the government says because it is just one ridiculous lie after another. And the ongoing stupidity of our government is manifested by the fact that "synthetic" marijuana is much more dangerous than the real thing, and is only in use because of the government's prohibition on real marijuana.

    It is really sad that this is the best we can do in the greatest country in the world.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Bud

    Just more legislation to keep us in order.......id rather be around potheads than drunks anyday

    December 14, 2011 at 13:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Haywood

    AJ – if marijuana is so harmful, cite me ONE case of a user overdosing, or otherwise dying from the "Direct" use of this plant. If you can present factual evidence I'm sure that your comments will be more compelling.
    I'll wait patiently

    December 14, 2011 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Fred

    "Science shows it is addictive. Research shows it impairs driving. Studies show it can degrade academic performance."
    Science, Research, Studies.... that's really specific...

    December 14, 2011 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tooth Fairy

      Science also shows there's no detectable god, and cell phones make you drive like an old Chinese lady. Nobody pays attention to science.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:39 | Report abuse |
  39. Joey

    Actually white kids smoke more marijuana then anyone. Its the safest drug known to man, I'd say that's an intelligent choice given the deadly alternatives.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Tooth Fairy

    This is GREAT! Usually when you drug-test them all the time, kids turn to sniffing paint. Maybe they are getting smarter. Pro Tip: "synthetic marijuana" is dangerous garbage and can cause fits of disoriented rage. DO NOT WANT.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Christy

      It can cause worse than that.My son has been hospitalized since 11/23 in a drug induced psychosis after smoking it. He had to be taken by ambulance from his dorm room, and still isnt clear.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:44 | Report abuse |
    • Tooth Fairy

      We have a local kid facing murder charges after completely freaking out and smashing his girl's head into something. Seconds later he was screaming at 911 operators for help, not sure if he'd done it or if it was intruders or how much time had passed. He's still not right upstairs. Bad stuff.

      December 15, 2011 at 11:05 | Report abuse |
  41. Eric

    Marijuana usage is increasing and hard drug use is declining. Hmm, kinda puts another nail in the coffin of the gateway theory.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • israel

      dont get the facts confused, marijuana is a gateway drug but it depends on the user, if the user is someone who's at risk of moving onto harder stuff then they probably shouldn't be using in the first place

      December 14, 2011 at 13:49 | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      The gateway theory is as scientifically sound as the earth is flat theory. I don't know anyone who buys into that fairy-tale.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:53 | Report abuse |
  42. Tim Green

    Science has proven booze more dangerous than pot. But that doesn't include the danger of getting caught – that can be devastating. Hence the synthetics. What did our ignorant government expect? That people would stick to the real, and illegal, stuff? They're not stupid. Only our pot laws are stupid.

    Get government out of our lives – support the legalization of recreational marijuana use. You won't be alone – the latest polls show 50% of Americans today believe it should be legal to smoke pot.

    BTW – it's much easier to support legalization when you are getting your kicks from the synthetic stuff – don't have to worry about getting busted because you drew attention to yourself by supporting legalization. The synthetics have been a blessing that way. But they have no quality control. Better to have real pot. Hopefully, our gov't will wise up – soon. Because good people are still going to jail. For smoking. And that's not right.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Look at This

    For those who think marijuana and this synthetic stuff is safe, look at this link:

    http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/news/7560384-418/aurora-mom-pickets-smokeshop-selling-synthetic-pot.html

    The son of a friend paniced when on this stuff and it led to his tragic death.

    We also know two poeple who's duaghters went from marijuana to heroin. Drugs are dangerous and have ruined many lives.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimbo

      The daughters more likely went from cigarettes to beer to whiskey to marijuana to herion.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse |
    • Dripping Design

      The synethic isn't safe, marijuna is far safer than alcohol. I bet those "friends" you referenced drank before they did heroine too, does that mean alcohol lead to heroine? They gateway theory is non-sense.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Wow, two people...that's an epidemic!!! The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Kids are also using hydrogen hydroxide (a weak acid) which has lead to LSD use, so we really need to control the chemicals used in producing that too.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:58 | Report abuse |
  44. lovenit

    So basically, the argument about whether or not MJ should be legal is based on people's opinions. NOT FACTS!! I have never seen actual facts that prove MJ is more dangerous than alcohol, cigs, or this K2 crap! I wonder when or If the govt will ever change their minds & stop being so uptight when it comes to this. I think they are more worried about how it would make us look if we did legalize it, & not considering how it could benefit us in one way or another. I think we should have the freedom to smoke whatever we want to smoke. I would rather go into a Pot Shop & by MJ that has been handled by scientists, then get it on the corner from Willy. 🙂 Just saying, you have your OPINION & I have mine!!!

    December 14, 2011 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. QS

    Indeed, we must be clear with our young people Gil.....so how about you stop spreading only the negative propaganda about marijuana and try giving our young people the whole story for a change?

    It's disingenuous at best, and at worst, it's just more rhetoric to lend some sense of viability to the so-called "war on drugs"!

    December 14, 2011 at 13:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. stvnkrs10

    I'm in love with Mary Jane.
    She's my main thing.
    She makes me feel alright.
    She makes my heart sing.

    And when I'm feeling low,
    She comes as no surprise.
    Turns me on with her love.
    Takes me to paradise.

    Do you love me Mary Jane?
    Yeah. Whoa-oh-oh.
    Do ya? Do ya? Do ya?
    Now do you think you love me Mary Jane.
    Don't you play no games.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Eric

    Looks like the synthetic stuff is the bathtub gin of modern prohibition. There is only one way to end that...regulation.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Chris

    Before I smoked weed I was a 2.4 GPA high school student. At 22 I started smoking, (while also maturing as an adult) and proceeded to pull off a 4.0. All while going to school under the influence. Legalize and tax. This economy will see a boost it hasn't seen since the dawning of the information tech age. The individuals passing judgement for something they do not fully understand is frusterating. These are the same individuals who are holding this country back from experiancing the shift bound to happen in the next 10-15 years.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      And as far as they synthetic goes...not a good idea. That has got to be even worse than whatever health effects are present with smoking marijuana.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:54 | Report abuse |
    • Dripping Design

      I agree Chris, I think MJ has actually made me more intelligent or at the least has had some positive impact. I am more creative and thoughts tend to flow easier under the influence. I'm less easily distracted and I find it to a be a great aid for computer programming.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • stvnkrs10

      Before smoking pot I didn't posses the tolerance of dealing with the stupidity of general society on a daily basis.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:57 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      We need to focus on the real drug problem regarding the highest numbers in history of minors on perscription medication when all they need (at times) is a change in their diets. I can't believe the real drug lords of this country (some doctors) get away with keeping health care costs through the roof. But yeah, Design, I agree. I'm also much more confident with my direct superiors at work and with my employees as well.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I'm not saying I am the way that I am because of weed but its MY medication and is less damaging to my body than the effects of alcohol or any perscription drug on the market. I agree, it helps me deal with the morons in society regurgitating close minded, stubborn points of view without being open minded.

      December 14, 2011 at 14:03 | Report abuse |
  49. Big Bob

    Do you all think people are stupid and cant make choices for themselves? how about instead of taking the holier than thou approach and thinking you know whats best for everyone because it works for you, we let people decide for themselves......OK, i said it and i didnt explode Phew PEOPLE CAN MAKE THERE OWN CHOICES

    December 14, 2011 at 13:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. AJ is an Idiot II

    AJ.... http://deep6inc.com/ = nothing but propaganda. They can get permission from Ann Landers to post a Dear Ann letter but they don't post the sources for where their information comes from? You're exactly what is wrong with the American education system. Fat A$$ lazy teachers, probably unionized, teaching our kids from webpages that would get the same student an F for not using 'reputable' sources. Legalize, tax, educate (FROM REPUTABLE SOURCES) and move the hell on. This used to be a free country until everyone started worrying about what everyone else was doing. Whatever happened to live and let live?

    December 14, 2011 at 13:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      Very well said.

      December 14, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • Big Bob

      you sir are definitely not an idiot

      December 14, 2011 at 13:57 | Report abuse |
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