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October 14th, 2010
06:23 PM ET

Survey: More children using marijuana

More kids and teens are smoking marijuana at younger ages, according to data collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. From 2008 to 2009, there was a 9 percent increase - to 7.3 percent of people age 12 or older - who currently use marijuana. During the same time period, the average age of first-time marijuana users decreased to 17 years old.

The human brain is still developing throughout the teen years and in to a person's 20s That's why the Office of Drug Control Policy says using marijuana at the age of 12 can lead to addiction, respiratory illness, weakened motor skills, and cognitive impairment not only while the child smokes but for years after a person quits.

 Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Policy, says parents need to know why marijuana use early in a child's life can be dangerous.

"We recognize American families are facing many challenges today, but failing to adequately prevent young people from using drugs now can lead to a lifetime of devastating consequences," said Kerlikowske in a press release announcing the data.

Proponents of the legalization of marijuana have jumped on the survey's findings. The Marijuana Policy Project released a statement in response to Kerlikowske's comments, suggesting that the data demonstrate that legalizing the drug could curb the trend of more young people becoming marijuana users.

"Unlike alcohol and tobacco – which are sold by licensed, tax-paying vendors who are required to check customer ID – marijuana use continues to increase among young people largely because it is sold in an uncontrolled, unregulated criminal market by drug dealers who are perfectly happy to sell to minors," said Steve Fox, with the Marijuana Policy Project, in a statement.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy says parents concerned about whether their child is using marijuana should begin following three steps to insure their children stay drug-free. Kerlikowske said parents need to know the risk factors associated with marijuana use, be able to talk with their children about drug use, and regularly clean out their medicine cabinets so old, unused medicines are thrown away and not abused.


soundoff (565 Responses)
  1. Jerome

    If you don't use, don't start. If you do use, your not alone and there is help. First, stay away from those who are using. Find new friend. if your family uses, just remember. You can't change someone, but you can change yourself. God bless you and keep you.

    October 14, 2010 at 21:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike Hunt

      when you were manufactured in the loony christian manufacturing department did they give you squiggly eyes to look as insane as what you just posted??? Lol

      October 14, 2010 at 22:45 | Report abuse |
  2. Big B

    Teens do not know what they are getting themselves into with this marijuana stuff. They think this drug is amusing. One day, soon, they will realize somoking marijuana is one of the biggest mistakes made. http://www.ididnotknow.net/athlete_abused_drugs.html

    October 14, 2010 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • a slozomby

      yeah people who try pot never amount to anything. just ask our last 3 presidents.

      October 14, 2010 at 21:51 | Report abuse |
  3. a slozomby

    " You can't change someone," yes you can. if you are having problems changing someone just keep increasing the amperage.

    back to the original topic. this is not a binary system where you are either a burnout or never touched it. there are millions of average americans who smoke pot and lead happy successfull lives. just like you can have a drink and not be an alcoholic. you can smoke pot and not be a burnout.

    October 14, 2010 at 21:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marcus

      @slozomby

      Excellent points. Thank you.

      October 18, 2010 at 05:58 | Report abuse |
  4. bobby d

    Anyone who can pass 7th grade science can grow pot in a closet with a few hundred bucks and an internet connection. Prohibition? Please.

    October 14, 2010 at 21:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Drug Problem

    The whole America has a drug abuse problem. Teens abusing cough medicines to get high.
    Watch the kids get high on over the counter meds at youtube.com = search for "Cough Medicine Abuse sherylbass1"

    Oxycontin is heroin in prescription form. They get the pill prescribed by doctor, crush it to powder, then snort it.
    Watch the Oxycontin abuse at youtube.com – search for "The Oxycontin Express: Vanguard"

    October 14, 2010 at 21:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Abbie

    I am a college freshman, and let me tell you, be concerned about kids drinking, not smoking weed. I've never had a friend thats stoned make as dumb of decisions as friends who are drunk. Alcohol is much much more detremental. Get your priorities straight.

    October 14, 2010 at 21:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Vivian McPeak, Seattle, Washington

      This is a great comment!

      October 14, 2010 at 22:20 | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      I agree with Abbie too. Great post!

      October 18, 2010 at 05:59 | Report abuse |
  7. snj

    I got high the other day. Great feeling. Ah, life is wonderful when one is high.

    October 14, 2010 at 21:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry Pomponovitch

      What's the matter loser? Is life too scary for you handle sober. F..ing pu$$y

      October 14, 2010 at 22:10 | Report abuse |
    • Jim B

      Overreact much?

      October 14, 2010 at 22:26 | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      I smell a trolllllllllllllllllllll......

      it's LARRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 15, 2010 at 00:18 | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      Yeah,baby!!!

      October 15, 2010 at 15:19 | Report abuse |
  8. Jerome

    "We recognize American families are facing many challenges today, but failing to adequately prevent young people from using drugs now can lead to a lifetime of devastating consequences," This is for real, and handling challenges with a clear mind is what you want.

    October 14, 2010 at 22:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Vivian McPeak, Seattle, Washington

      No, Jerome. You do not speak for me. You do not know what I need. That is the problem, you folks want to impose your ideals on everyone else. Freedom, liberty, and justice demands that adults in a free society should reserve the right to make their own educated, and informed choices about what they ingest into their sovereign bodies. It would be refreshing if we had truthful, accurate, and scientifically valid information by which to choose from. When it comes to cannabis we have nothing but lies, distortions and half truths.

      October 14, 2010 at 22:19 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Jerome, the only problem with that is that I know of lots of people (most people I meet, in fact) who never do drugs and yet do not have clear minds. And I know lots of stoners who do. There's quite a lot of "clutter" out there, and the vast majority of it DOESN'T come from bongs. It comes from legal sources - politicians, preachers, pundits, parents, professors, and (damn, there goes my alliteration...) advertisers.

      October 14, 2010 at 22:43 | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      Vivian I love you!

      October 18, 2010 at 06:02 | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    Funny time for this survey to be reported. How many days until voters go to the polls? I'd be suspicious of ANY new "findings" reported between now and then. Ditto for all the commercials that will no doubt hit the airwaves (and websites). I made up my mind over 30 years ago. Legalize it! Stop spending my tax dollars to lock people in cages for doing something that President Lincoln did in the White House!

    October 14, 2010 at 22:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Th3rd

    I just love how all the non pot smokers claim to know how it affects people. LMAO. That's what's really funny. And someone mentioned becoming addicted to pot...you're an idiot. You don't become addicted to pot, you become accustomed to the action of smoking. Hence why most pot smokers also smoke cigarettes etc. I find it hilarious people freak out about something that's natural, but don't freak about man mad meds that are riddled with way worse side effects than getting the munchies and being sleepy. The ignorance of some people is quite astounding and hilarious. Just to put it into some perspective, you can't OD on smoking marijuana. You can however OD on pain killers, anti depressants, and get alcohol poisoning. I'll stick with the all natural and go green, and you can have your man made drugs and horrible side effects.

    October 14, 2010 at 22:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Vivian McPeak, Seattle, Washington

    It is unfortunate that the Obama administration is perpetuating the same unscientific, immoral, and unjust arguments for continuing the national disgrace that cannabis policy has become. Clearly, whatever dangers to society that are posed by the taxation and regulation of the relatively safe, therapeutic herb are grossly outweighed by the perils of prohibition.

    America calls itself the "land of the free" but in reality we are the world's largest jailer of citizens on the world. Ever. It is now merely a matter of time, the gears have been set in notion, for a full federal rescheduling of cannabis. Anything less would be unpatriotic, illogical and fiscally unsound. Legalize it and we will monetize it. Gateway drug? Yes, the gateway to economic recovery!

    October 14, 2010 at 22:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stephen Yakima

      @Vivian McPeak

      Like your post, you are wonderful and awesomely rational! 😀

      October 18, 2010 at 06:06 | Report abuse |
  12. teejj

    I love the people that continue to try to use personal life experiences to demonstrate how marijuana should not be legalized. These same people keep making pot the reason for someone that they know going down the wrong path in life. If people need to make a statement like this they better list all the other variables that may have happened in this persons life that may have also led to being in a bad place. Pot should be regulated, taxed and only be able to be used by adults whom will not be driving. Look at all the laws that there are about using alcohol, ex. no open containers in vehicles, cannot consume out in the open in public. Part of the whole fascination about smoking weed is that it is "illegal". I do believe that in two or three generations from now people will look at it just as they do about alcohol. Millions of successful people smoke pot on a regular/semi-regular basis. You may even be very shocked to find out that some people in your life, that you had no idea about, hit the pipe, rip that bong, puff that joint, or even eat those brownies.

    October 14, 2010 at 22:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Tyler

    There are so many aspects to this argument that no matter what not everyone will be happy or approve of what the future of legalizing marijuana will bring. I think we should all see if California legalizes marijuana and what the ramifications will be. Until we a real life sample in our present day, none of us will have the solution to this ongoing debate.

    Personally I believe California will benefit greatly from legalizing marijuana. The alcohol industry as a whole is a multi billion dollar aspect of the American culture. Now all the sudden all the people who are against marijuana "care" about whats good for us and bad for us. No one really mentions fast food, pollution, malnutrition, and other unhealthy aspects of the American culture. My point being pot should not be such a big deal. I guess we will just see what happens in California.

    October 14, 2010 at 22:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Patches

    Sometimes I wonder if it will take the threat of nuclear war to cause America to legalize this s**t.

    October 14, 2010 at 22:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Informed

    GAH pot is not physically addictive...that has been proven. As for your brother being lazy well that must just be him. I smoke pot and i go to college and get good grades. Working people in the Caribbean smoke pot before they work all day and have higher productivity when "high." Video games impair my school far more than pot. I actually find it easier to study after smoking a bowl. Its uneducated people like yourself who have kept this fight to legalize pot going. Its time you blame your brother for his failures and not pot.

    October 14, 2010 at 22:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Ozmo

    Someone said

    "After pot is legalize, the minors will graduate to cocaine, meth, LSD, ecstacy bundled with free pot".

    Hmmm..........I don't see the US legalizing the rest of these drugs anytime soon. Pot isn't a "gateway" drug because the people whom "gateway" to harder drugs would have just done them anyway. My first "drug" was alcohol, as I figure most people's first is.

    However, here is how it works now with alcohol, our "legal" drug.

    "Hey Billy let's sneak some beers from my father's refrigerator"
    TO
    "Hey Billy, I got some guy to score some vodka for us."
    TO
    "Hey Billy, It's my 21st Birthday, I'm a gonna do 21 shots to celebrate."

    Which, of course leads to:

    Hey Billy, let's go get wasted at the Dew Drop Inn tonight, I knocked another bar slut up, lost another job, the gov't is after me for child support, and my liver transplant ain't come in yet, so a drink or 5 sounds like heaven to me."

    "BTW,You better drive, after my last fatal DWI, those liberal bastards took my license, unpatriotic socialist hippies."

    October 14, 2010 at 22:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marcus

      @Ozmo

      LOL I love that post!

      October 18, 2010 at 06:09 | Report abuse |
  17. Informed

    Larry why resort to name calling. My days are better when I'm driving around doing my errands "high." Yes driving high. If you haven't done it then please do not call it dangerous. I go the speed limit and pay way more attention when I'm high. I've never been in an accident and part of that is because I am a defensive driver when I am smoking a J on the road.

    October 14, 2010 at 22:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. A Proud Canadian

    If we could split North America in 2 we would pay great sums of Money to fund it, you Americans really have it wrong and are confused, I'm a border town Canadian my whole life, watching what happens on the other side is like watching a reality show on Fox. We have our own Pot issues but are light years beyond where you are at, I won't quote our studies as most of you will just think I'm lying but look it up (and yes we decriminalized it in many provinces). Its a way different value system here. Ray Bradbury should of written a book about it! Would we get sued by you (lol) if we stole a portion of a published title (Americans are from Mars and Canadians are from Venus) – Ahh your all not that bad but heck the show your media puts on does not paint a good picture to the rest of the countries!

    October 14, 2010 at 22:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bubbles

      Hard to know exactly what you mean if you do not watch mainstream, or any tv media for that matter. The only thing I am into at the moment is 'Trailer Park Boys' which is a Canadian TV show from like 4 years ago. Funny, this is the only show I watch here in America and its on the internets. Lol And I play Ice hockey all year round. Lol Canada rulez. If it werent so damn cold there it might be worth a look at, but I feel more New Zealand at the moment.

      October 14, 2010 at 22:50 | Report abuse |
  19. dangnamit

    gah, pot is not the problem. I can guarantee either you are exaggerating the level that your brother is at, or you have no idea that your brother is in fact cooking up crystal meth in your basement. At any rate, pot is not the issue. If someone gets carried away on pot and it leads to another drug, you can't conclusively argue that marijuana was a gateway for this person into the world of illicit drugs. Marijuana is a stepping stone on a path that runs parallel to infinitely more paths leading to the dark underbelly of American society. People who have addictive personalities will no doubt throw themselves into anything they enjoy, and just as millions of people have become addicted to the whopper, it's the person, and not particular to each and everyone of us. Marijuana is a naturally occurring plant and there is no rational reason it shouldn't be legal. As for the physical and emotinal harm that can come of it, don't smoke it if you can't handle it. Marijuana is not a violent drug and it's not physically addicting. There is NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT AGAINST THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA!!

    October 14, 2010 at 22:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marcus

      I AGREE!

      October 18, 2010 at 06:10 | Report abuse |
  20. Russ

    Increase the penalties for marihuana use, A LOT. If these young punks start facing a consistent double sawbuck in the slam EVERYWHERE in the country with no parole for smoking their "tea", they'll start to gain a little more respect for the law we all have to obey.

    October 14, 2010 at 22:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      Hey Russ, Wonderful idea, but what are you going to do with us fifty-year-old stoners with our masters degrees and our grandkids? Throw us in jail too, so that instead of paying our taxes, we're wasting yours?

      Oh, and uh, just a thought: We aren't here to serve the law. The law is here to serve us.

      October 14, 2010 at 23:04 | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      And, where, pray tell, are we going to put all of these pot smokers? Our prisons are already over-crowded.

      October 15, 2010 at 15:14 | Report abuse |
  21. jim

    "cannibuskiller"
    Your findings are flawed. If it were truly lethal there would litterally be millions of deaths world wide. The truth is that these people had other severe medical problems. Smoking pot will elevate blood pressure. ie Heart attack etc.
    Marijuana is not addictive either. Try and find any scientific documentation that shows it to be so.
    It should be the right of every American to use Marijuana or not

    October 14, 2010 at 22:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Mike Hunt

    Something like this article makes me think...who are these kids getting this pot from? And, are these people giving these kids pot guilty of only giving the 12 year old marijuana, or they guilty of more curious things like wanting to be around 12 year olds getting high and or drunk? It is easy to get marijuana if you are older and into some kind of circle of people who know people, but I would think a kid simply walking up to a person who knows how to acquire such an item and scoring a little grass would be harder than I think most people would believe....at least those that have neither sought such items or been around such scenes if yah know what I mean ; ) Maybe the next CNN story should be a correspondent out on assignment to buy a bag off weed and tape the whole thing. Nothing big an eighth of marijuana is enough, and interview the person who is dealing. No serious profile or anything, just an informal interview about what they do, how they do it, and who the do it for, no details just facts. That might be cool.

    October 14, 2010 at 22:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. shelb2

    legalizing it wont make the symptoms go away, it wont stop kids from using it, it only encourages more underage to try it and puts in their reach. we will ruin our next generation....its a stupid idea marijuana is the first step to more dangerous drugs

    October 14, 2010 at 22:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Ben Pance

    im so high right now.

    October 14, 2010 at 22:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      How utterly irresponsible of you! Just kidding. Pass that thing over here, will ya?

      October 14, 2010 at 23:10 | Report abuse |
  25. Kristan Dean

    I myself am a fourteen year old girl and have never done drugs. I think that most of the kids who do drugs are only doing it because they think it makes them look cooler to your friends and gives you a good feeling. Some of the kids who are doing these things dont think about how it could weaken your immune system and change your body in bad ways. It doesn't make you cool or help your body at all. If your going to do drugs at least research them and know the risks!

    October 14, 2010 at 22:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      Ah, well, you got me there, Kristan. Now that you mention it, it DOES give me a good feeling. How horribly, horribly wrong of me not to suffer as much as I can!

      October 14, 2010 at 22:55 | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      @Chris
      lol

      October 18, 2010 at 06:12 | Report abuse |
  26. ikan14

    in some asian countries, if you are caught with 100gram of drugs(any kind), you'll get the death penalty....

    October 14, 2010 at 22:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      ...And you admire them for that? Let me help you pack.

      October 14, 2010 at 22:56 | Report abuse |
    • steve505

      There is a difference between helping your people because you care, and oppressing them because you don't care.

      October 14, 2010 at 23:04 | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      @Chris XD

      October 18, 2010 at 06:17 | Report abuse |
  27. fuck larry pomponobitch

    hey u can suck a dick i bet u a hundred dollars the first time u get high ur going to love but ur going to say drugs are bad for you they can mess with ur brain stfu u cant say anything about drugs because u never had an experiences with them so until u do and dont make up sum bullshit story saying that u did shut ur trap

    October 14, 2010 at 23:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. bettie

    Don't forget that more and more kids over the age of 12 are also using alcohol, which is more damaging but completely legal.

    October 14, 2010 at 23:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. BBQDPork

    Lemme guess, this is dopers' fault, not the parents.

    October 14, 2010 at 23:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Ajay882

    I'm no math whiz, but how does something increase 9% to 7.3%? The percentage in 2008 was -2.3% and increased 9% to 7.3% in 2009? My head hurts...

    October 14, 2010 at 23:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Tim

    The fact that marijuana is still illegal to this day is pretty laughable. First of all, whether or not marijuana is illegal makes no difference to the amount that kids will smoke, if they want the drug they can get it, legal or not. Hell if you ask me, legalizing it while making it purchasable only for anyone over 18 would make it a lot harder for kids to obtain the drug, because it would crush the dealers. I know this from experience, when I was in high school, marijuana was about the easiest drug to obtain. It took about 15 minutes to find a dealer in school. Alcohol on the other hand took a couple of hours because you needed to get a hold of a brother or friend old enough to get it.

    More kids are smoking marijuana I dont deny that, but thats sure as hell not dependant on it being legal or not. It's just the way kids are trending in todays age when it comes to drugs overall. Look that up, I'm not getting into that but its a fact, kids are exposed to drugs and alcohol much earlier today(I'd venture to say peer pressure is one of the biggest factors for first time users, and that's never going away). That coupled with the lies some kids are told doesn't help. Too many parents just feed their kids lies instead of having a real talk with their kids about this stuff and when said kid realizes the drugs not actually as bad as their parents make it, that makes it more appealing.

    The other fact is that if alcohol and cigarettes are legal and the governemnt makes money off that( a ridiculously high amount of money I am not going to look up), why is it any different with marijuana? Those two substances kill close to 500,000 people a year in the US. Guess what all direct and indirect illicit drug use is(heres a hint, its under 80,000. Marijuana probably accounts for 1% of that. And Im being generous, its probably lower.) I'm not going to get into how bad the drug is for your body because everyone exaggerates this to help their point, whether they are for or against the drug, but it is no worse than alcohol and cigarettes. And for all of you out there crying it destorys your lungs as badly as cigarettes, find another reason because there are these things called vaporizers, look it up, it basically makes the damage to your lungs negligible Its also a lot easier to resist the urge of driving high then it is drunk. Its not even fun to drive high and it really doesnt appeal to most smokers I know. Driving drunk on the other hand, is ridiculously hard to resist for a lot of drinkers and on top of that is pretty fun.

    The bottom line is that marijuana should be legalized. I can't comprehend how it's possible that you have people sitting in jails on marijuana related charges for as long as people who actually physically harmed other human beings and didn't just smoke some plant.

    My last point before this gets too long is for all of you who haven't actually smoked the herb and try to testify how bad it is all based on what you've read or heard. Its different for everyone and as such should be up to the person to decide whether or not it is for them and not the government. For me, I got straight A's in high school and just finished freshman year of university for Engineering, all while smoking weed. I wrote a test on it in science in high school and got 100%. Some people on the other hand become totally lazy and just can't get much done while high. While we're on this subject, when people use the argument that weed kills brain cells over time and makes you dumb I just don't buy it, you can believe what you want, I know someone whos 60 and been using marijuana his whole life and theres not a damn problem. So I choose to believe life experience over propoganda(the internet might be all powerful, but on this subject you can find multiple articles from reputable sources that both refute and also enforce this idea, so it's kind of inconclusive, especially considering the fact that long term studies haven't been carried out with conclusive evidence because of how long science has been around concerning the drug).

    All I'm saying is it should be an individuals choice when concerning marijuana and not the governments, and making it illegal isn't helping anyone, kids or adults.

    I kind of wrote more than I planned on. Maybe it's because I'm high.

    October 14, 2010 at 23:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. thecrackerman

    this is a joke cnn drop the prop. and start focusing on the real drug issue in america....ie prescription drugs-any adult that reads into these claims needs to get real. that attitude is for your parents parents. who made the pot seed? who made prozac? pot is as old as dirt and stood the test of time respect the individual and respect the flowers

    October 14, 2010 at 23:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. The_Mick

    "From 2008 to 2009, there was a 9 percent increase – to 7.3 percent of people age 12 or older – who currently use marijuana." +++++ Anyone who really believes it went up 9% in one year is incredibly naive. As a scientist, I find it disturbing that Dr. Gupta could swallow and then repeat this information. Then again, Dr. Gupta is not above making long infomercials for broadcast in doctors' waiting rooms where people often are ill, headachy, and tormented by the over-and-over-loud-repeated message (my Dr's office finally got rid of it). There's been an epidemic of drug use among teens for a couple decades and no sudden, major, societal phenomenon could account for such an increase in such a short time. While the problem is real, trying to foist such a ridiculous number on us makes me wonder about the true motives of the sponsors of such a study.

    October 14, 2010 at 23:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. jsknow

    All major authorities agree that the vast majority of so called “drug-related” violent crime is caused by the prohibition of drugs, rather than the drugs themselves. This was the same during alcohol prohibition. Alcohol prohibition created violent criminal organizations just like every other drug prohibition has. These violent crimes should be labeled prohibition related, not drug related. Ending alcohol prohibition is exactly why you don’t see shootouts over that drug trade any more. Stop funding criminals, gangsters and terrorists with hundreds of billions of tax free $ every year, LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND RATIONALLY REGULATE IT LIKE ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO!

    Many government studies have cited the relative safety of marijuana but rather than base rational marijuana policy in science and facts, our government ignores science and facts and promotes lies and fear mongering. Here is a great example: On March 22, 1972 the Richard Nixon-appointed, 13-member National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse recommended the decriminalization of marijuana, concluding, “[Marijuana's] relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it.” Richard Nixon chose to ignore the advice of this well qualified commission and start the modern escalation of criminalizing marijuana consumers. The lies he promoted have done much harm but they served his selfish motives and got him re-elected based largely on him starting the “war on drugs”, which is actually a violent unconstitutional war against nonviolent citizens, the vast majority of which are no threat to their selves or society. Google: Drug War Victims. Visit: http://www.november.org/

    In 1988, after reviewing all evidence brought forth in a lawsuit against the government’s prohibition of medical marijuana, the DEA’s own administrative law judge (Judge Francis Young) wrote:
    “MARIJUANA, IN ITS NATURAL FORM, IS ONE OF THE SAFEST THERAPEUTICALLY ACTIVE SUBSTANCES KNOWN. IN STRICT MEDICAL TERMS, MARIJUANA IS SAFER THAN MANY FOODS WE COMMONLY CONSUME.” Judge Young recommended that the DEA allow marijuana to be prescribed as medicine, but the DEA has refused.

    IT’S FAR PAST TIME FOR THE VOTERS IN THIS COUNTRY TO DEMAND RATIONAL MARIJUANA POLICY BASED IN SCIENCE AND FACTS RATHER THAN REEFER MADNESS AND UNSUBSTANTIATED RIDICULOUS UNTRUTHFUL DRUG WAR PROPAGANDA AND SCARE TACTICS.

    October 15, 2010 at 00:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Craig

    a 9% increase to 7.3%? Are you kidding me? Cnn wrote a news article about a change from 6.7% to 7.3%?

    let's crunch some numbers here roughly 8% of the population of the US is children ages 12-17
    that is 8% * 310,000,000= 24.8 million kids between 12-17

    6.7% of that is how many smoke pot from the previous years survey...which comes out to
    6.7% * 24,800,000= 1.66 million kids

    the new study with a 9% increase to 7.3% comes out to 150k more kids TRIED pot this year....that is less than 1% of the entire population of that age range...its actually closer to 1/2 of 1%

    that .5% increase i'm sure is completely inline with the population increase for that year in those age ranges....which means the increase was actually smaller than what they are saying

    that's not statistically relevant to anything!

    fear mongering at it's finest

    October 15, 2010 at 00:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marcus

      @Craig
      Dang, you get a cookie! Good crunching!

      October 18, 2010 at 06:20 | Report abuse |
  36. Strand

    Let's be honest...12 year olds are getting it from their parents, and giving it to other 12 year olds.

    October 15, 2010 at 00:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. RN

    lol

    when i was under 21, it was WAY harder to get beer than it was pot. pot is super easy to get and you would be surprised to find out who is all smoking it.

    as far as "high" driving...i smoke weed, on average, 4 -5 times daily and have never been involved in an accident. people are driving drunk and high around you all the time. legalizing weed wouldnt make the streets any less safe.

    and for those of you who assume i am some sort of burnout because i smoke weed – youre wrong. i have a great paying job that shoulders a lot of responsability, a family, own my home and cars. i am a regular guy who you would never suspect smokes pot. please legalize it so people can stop getting it from "a guy" in the seedy part of town.

    October 15, 2010 at 00:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Vladimir Klimov

    I was an international student from Russia all into sports up until 3rd year University. Tried weed for the fist time at the age of 20 in my 3rd year at the University of Guelph doing a Commerce degree. I loved it from the very first time! I have been stoned ever since. Its been almost 7 years now. I graduated from the University, wrote most of the exams stoned, it was harder but still doable. After school, i worked in Toronto for 3 years smoking everyday, one joint in the morning before shower, and couple more after work at night. Moved back to RUssia to work for a bank, now working for a very innovative rich company and still blazing every morning. Allow me to say that CHRONIK does affect your life. And there are good and bad effects. Probably more bad then good. However, its DEFIANTLY better then Alcohol and Cigarets. FOR SURE 10000%, Here in RUssia you can go to jail for years for selling pot, but Vodka is sold everywhere and its so cheap everyone drinks. Drinking kills people. Weed never does. Drinking makes people angry and stupid. Weed never does.
    Cigaretes are the worst evil though. They do nothing but harm. Its a legal drug considered by many the most addictive of all and is yet legal for the tabaco corps to make money. I think weed should be more legal then cigarets and alcohol.

    October 15, 2010 at 00:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. charles s

    Americans use drugs; people everywhere use drugs. It is in our DNA. Christians off and on have prohibited alcohol for centuries. Muslim have prohibition against alcohol but allow opium. Christians in the Andes in South America chew cocoa leaves. On and on it goes. The usage of chemicals to alter our mental state has been going on for thousands of years.

    The Chinese had a tremendous problem with opium. The Communists were able to solve the problem. They had a three step program something like this:
    1. Talk therapy. You could not be a good citizen of China and use opium. This worked for some.
    2. Work therapy. You were sent to a jail and worked to rid yourself of desire for opium. This worked for some.
    3. Finally a bullet in the head. This cured the problem permanently. It also made Step 1 and 2 much more effective.

    The Chinese method worked but I doubt hardly anyone in the US would want to have that solution. The US uses step 1 and 2 but not step 3. Without step 3, step 1 and 2 will mostly fail.

    Since the Chinese method will not be used here, legalization seems like the way to go. It would probably make the Mexican government and people much happier too. At least with legalization, it could be taxed and some of the money could be used for medical treatment of drug addiction.

    The US probably spends in excess of $100 billion fighting drugs. People in the US probably spend in excess of $100 billion for illegal drugs. Legalization will cut the amount spend fighting drugs, it will probably cut the amount of money being spent to buy the drugs and it will increase the amount being used to treat drug addiction. Will this happen? Probably not, too many people make too much money off of the current situation.

    October 15, 2010 at 00:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. ChrisCAH

    Wow how old are some of you people? Some of you seriously don't know what is going on in my generation do you? Marijuana? Really? Please. You think kids will have easier access to marijuana? To get any type of drug including marijuana, all any kid needs to do is post an Xbox for trade on craigslist for any type of drug and you will easily find anything you want. Marijuana isn't even the real threat. Every kid in high school and college right now know the in drugs right now are the pills. Anything from Vicodin/Norcos/Methadone and Ecstacy. Go into any damn Rave or concert and just start asking random people for E and you will find crowds of people willing to sell right on the floor.

    Besides, our nation survived the 60's. Hypocrites.

    October 15, 2010 at 01:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ChrisCAH

      This is a parenting issue. Teach your kid to make right choices. Maybe he/she will end up smoking Marijuana some time in the future but at least if you instill a sense of responsibility and moderation they will end up find in life.

      October 15, 2010 at 01:06 | Report abuse |
  41. Nick

    I can't believe how much ignorance there is going around about pot in this forum. I hope hope hope you all who are so against pot do not allow doctors to prescribe you or expecially YOUR CHILDREN Ritalin, anti-depressants, and opiate painkillers such as Oxycodone and Vicodin. Drugs like these, which are so stupidly accepted by the masses, because, "oh of course, they're legal, they're safe" are soooo much worse than naturally grown pot. Opiates are so insanely addictive and dangerouse, yet parents have no problem letting they're kids take them after a surgery. Mention pot and kids in the same sentence, heaven forbid! Jesus Christ look at some real, scientific studies. Not these fake Reagan scare statistics put out, but some real, usually European, scientifc studies. Pot does not "rewire your brain", pot does not "cause depression", pot is LESS ADDICTIVE than porn, alcohol, opiates, sex, and many types of food including chocolate. True facts, I dare to you to actually do ten seconds of research. Why is it illegal? Think about it, who contributes the most money to government officials? Pharmaseutical companies. What happens if medical pot is legalized? As soon as people see real studies that pharmaseutical money blocks, studies that show synthetic drugs are worse, the demand for synthetically created painkillers such as oxycodone dissapears and in place of it a plant that people can grow in their house becomes a safer, more effective alternative. They won't make any money off of their main source of profit. Use your brain folks. I've had many friends end up quitting school, going to rehab, becoming depressed, and even committing suicide due to "legal" painkillers. None of this has happened to anyone I know that stuck solely with pot. And we don't even know what the extent of the negative effects on kids are because pharmaseutical money blocked that too. We live in a crazy world.

    October 15, 2010 at 01:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ChrisCAH

      AGREED NICK. This danger with Marijuana is a joke. The real danger are legal meds like Ritalin and Pain Killers. Right now my brother has a serious back injury and he is terribly addicted to Methadone and Norcos as that is all the doctor will prescribe. My brother hated the pain killers because they were making his life miserable. He started smoking Marijuana to help the pain but his doctor drug tests him and threatened to drop him as a patient if he ever tested positive for marijuana again.

      So ridiculous. Parents are so naive.

      October 15, 2010 at 01:10 | Report abuse |
  42. Mike

    I'd rather my kid stay home and smoke pot than go out and drink.

    October 15, 2010 at 01:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • boocat

      I turned my mom on back in the 70's. She was cool. She wanted to know what it was all about so we got high together.

      October 15, 2010 at 15:24 | Report abuse |
  43. Anthony

    Ive smoked pot forever... Since I was probably in 9th grade. What I can tell you is that it hasn't made any different in anyway. I go to college, and I already have a degree. I take care of people thats my job, I dont go to work high. I think alcohol is ten time worse, and Ide rather someone be high any day than be drunk. I also drink occasionally, same with marijuana.. by far alcohol is ten times worse. Just need to legalize, and tax it. Because everyones gunna smoke it anyways. TAX IT.. Less taxes I gotta pay for something so stupid worth putting people in jail, and prison over something thats not even worth it.

    October 15, 2010 at 01:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Single

      But you are impotent, right? Marijuana causes impotency. You will probably never get married. If not, you will need serious viagra by the age of 50. The drug dealers deal viagra, too. They know there are a lot of pot users who will become impotent and will need this badly.

      October 15, 2010 at 05:58 | Report abuse |
  44. h4x354x0r

    Cannabis prohibition has got to be our society's biggest over-reaction to any kind of problem, ever. Sure, pot use creates problems. But really... millions of people in prison? A hundred armed home invasions by government agents to take the cash or stash? It's pure baloney! Countries with 'legal' pot all have lower use rates than those who criminalize it. There is no such thing as a "50% Lethal Dose" (LD50) of pot. It's one of the least toxic substances on the planet; it cannot directly kill you, no matter how much you consume. The "War on Drugs" is celebrating it's 40th birthday. After a $Trillion dollars spent, tens of millions of people put in prison, and virtually no results, I think it's time for this failure of a policy to be having a serious mid-life crisis.

    October 15, 2010 at 01:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Monica Gee

    Kids are using drugs because their parents are either using drug themselves or they are simply not there for their kids. News flash... good kids do not use drugs period. i find it sad and I fear for the up and coming generation. No one is teaching them that you can have a great life without getting high. Why does this society have absolutely no creativity when it comes to self amusement? Why don't parents educate their kids about their contribution to organized crime when they buy illegal drugs? The hippy generation only ever thought about itself, but the effects of illegal drug use results in the oppression of millions of the world's poor. It results in stolen land, extortion and murder if the poor do not comply with the wishes of their local drug lord. This is slavery and they fund it. Strangely, all the drug education programs are silent on this. People walk across the street to buy fair trade coffee, but no one considers the chain of murderous men they just helped support. It is such a pity.

    October 15, 2010 at 01:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Josh

      Perfect example of ignorance. "Good" kids don't use drugs? What hole are you living in? Kids having been using marijuana for years, they have gone on to be the doctors, CEO's, and the Presidents you elect. Marijuana has absolutely no ill effects on life or humanity and your calling it a drug. Read a book, watch a documentary, do some research on your own. The list of extremely successful people in this country is a mile long that have used marijuana. Stop believing what the world tells you and learn to form your opinion from either facts or personal experience.

      October 15, 2010 at 02:42 | Report abuse |
    • son

      If you have a son, no matter how good that kid is- that son of yours will NOT be spared. He will do drugs because of peer pressure and curiosity. Unless you lock your son in the closet 24/7 with you, if your son is socializing with peers or anyone, it is a 100% guarantee that he will do drugs, try cigarettes and/or drink alcohol before the age limit. It is part of the curiosity in humans. What happens after that first puff, first drink, first snort is a different story.

      October 15, 2010 at 06:08 | Report abuse |
  46. Truth

    Awesome. Maybe it will deter them away from booze and tobacco.

    October 15, 2010 at 02:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. john

    Interesting article.... news7dailyreport.info/News7daily-Storyid=43work-at-home-mom-d40fl.html I'm thinking about trying it myself...

    October 15, 2010 at 02:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. h4x354x0r

    Anyone that has ever watched kids spin around until they fall down must realize that the urge to "get high" is a natural part of human nature. How can we ever expect anyone to make rational decisions about drug use, when drug policy is so irrational? Big Pharma meds are pushed as the "solution" to just about everything, despite high toxicity and serious side effects. Anyone that wants any kind of legal pharma, just "ask your doctor if XYZ is right for you." OTOH, we have government agents violently invading homes (a hundred or more a day across the US) to take people's pot, or better yet cash or property. This, despite the fact that pot is a mild drug, with relatively few side affects, and is completely non-toxic. You cannot OD from pot. This is ridiculous. Legalize it, regulate it, be done with it.

    October 15, 2010 at 02:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Josh

    Mainstream media and the elected people in this country have told stories about marijuana for decades. Not only is it not harmful it is non-addictive. The problem lies that once you tell lies for a 100 years, its hard to go back on your word without looking like idiots. Not that they already don't like ignorant. Marijuana is an extremely useful medicine, hemp is an incredible material that could be used for hundreds if not thousands of products.

    There has been absolutely no study to date that has proven that marijuana is harmful, addictive, or is a gateway drug. But even if there was.. we still sell tobacco products to anyone even though the effects have been proven. It is the leading killer in America and not a single politician will fight to ban tobacco. The hypocrisy is just ridiculous. The people that say it is harmful are the ones that have bought into everything else that CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and the government has told them.

    If you were to legalize marijuana and sell it like we do tobacco, the streets would virtually clean themselves up. Crime would go down, drug dealers would disappear, prisons and jails wouldn't be overpopulated. The flip side to that is, no prison union, medical company, or drug dealer wants that to happen, It would severely cut into their profits.

    October 15, 2010 at 02:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Mike

    This world sucks, and everything in it is either tied to lies or fed straight bullshit. All of you losers who argue against recreational use of marijuana are so fucked in the head you need a joint just to chill the fuck out. Religion? Yeah, there's an answer-believe in some invivsible dude who lives in the clouds and hates faggots but ordered the extermination of tribes and cultures while supporting slavery. Then he sent his child, who is himself, down here to preach a message of peace and love only to watch him get nailed to a tree so we can have a shot at going to heaven, if the devil, who has free reign on earth, doesn't take us down with him...????WTF???? Lord of the Rings had more of a plot. As for smoking reefer, everyone who does lives in less of a fairytale world than religious freaks. Most of this world's goodness and peace come from getting a buzz on, and alcohol kills-pure and simple. Weed kills Twinkies and anyone who crosses you playing Modern Warfare...Wake up World!!!!

    October 15, 2010 at 02:52 | Report abuse | Reply
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