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 (480 Responses)
  1. private driver

    I read this paragraph completely on the topic of the resemblance of most recent and previous technologies,
    it's remarkable article.

    my web blog – private driver

    April 20, 2021 at 23:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. canadian generic pills

    average perscription pills taken by 65 year old canadian? https://canadapillstorex.com/ canadian diet pills

    April 21, 2021 at 12:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. buy viagra from canada

    canada viagra https://canadaviagrastore.com/ do you need a prescription for viagra in canada

    April 21, 2021 at 20:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. BbdfMile

    viagra sample https://gensitecil.com/ viagra age limit

    April 22, 2021 at 16:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. GvdbCrulk

    mylan tadalafil https://boxtadafil.com/ – tadalafil tablets for sale tadalafil tablets ip 20 mg

    April 22, 2021 at 21:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. what is tadalafil

    tadalafil 40 mg from india https://elitadalafill.com/ tadalafil pills

    April 22, 2021 at 21:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RfvbZisse

    buy generic cialis paypal http://cileve.com/ – cialis australia paypal .cialis

    April 22, 2021 at 22:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. AbdgEncox

    Nolvadex http://canadianeve21.com/ – online pharmacies Atorlip-20

    April 23, 2021 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. FbsfEncox

    prescription drugs from canada online http://uspharmus.com/ – trust pharmacy canada most reliable canadian pharmacies

    April 23, 2021 at 18:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. online sildenafil canada

    buy canadian sildenafil https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ sildenafil pharmacy online

    April 23, 2021 at 21:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. z pack zithromax

    zithromax medication https://zithromaxes.com/ zithromax 250 mg dosage

    April 24, 2021 at 00:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. BbdfMile

    how to use viagra for best results http://gensitecil.com/ viagra connect walmart

    April 24, 2021 at 02:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. JbsdEncox

    Cialis Soft Tabs https://onlinecanda21.com/ internet pharmacy

    April 24, 2021 at 15:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. AbdgEncox

    viagra pharmacy 100mg http://canadianeve21.com/ Floxin

    April 24, 2021 at 18:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. LhdvZisse

    buy cialis overnight shipping https://asciled.com/ cialis with dapoxetine

    April 25, 2021 at 01:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. LrbsEncox

    levitra for sale in canada https://uslevitraanna.com/ levitra preis

    April 26, 2021 at 11:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. RfvbZisse

    cialis soft tabs canadian pharmacy http://cileve.com/ – cialis no prescription overnight shipping cialis marke 20mg

    April 26, 2021 at 15:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. LrbsEncox

    cost of levitra https://uslevitraanna.com/ levitra at walmart

    April 26, 2021 at 15:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. FbsfEncox

    Indocin https://uspharmus.com/ – pharmacy online prescription trusted overseas pharmacies

    April 26, 2021 at 17:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. dapoxetine

    dapoxetine tablets price priligy dapoxetine

    April 27, 2021 at 02:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. LhdvZisse

    cialis dapoxetine overnight shipment https://asciled.com/ cialis 20 mg

    April 27, 2021 at 07:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. GvdbCrulk

    20 mg tadalafil https://boxtadafil.com/ – mildfil tadalafil tablets 5mg tadalafil sunrise

    April 27, 2021 at 10:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. RfvbZisse

    cheapest generic cialis http://cileve.com/ cialis usa paypal

    April 28, 2021 at 18:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. JbsdEncox

    on line pharmacy https://onlinecanda21.com/ Viagra Professional

    April 29, 2021 at 06:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. technology22208.blogs-service.com

    Can I simply just say what a relief to discover someone that actually understands what they're discussing online.
    You certainly realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important.

    More and more people must read this and understand this side of the story.
    I can't believe you are not more popular because you surely have the gift.

    April 29, 2021 at 16:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. average perscription pills taken by 65 year old canadian?

    average perscription pills taken by 65 year old canadian? https://canadapillstorex.com/ best canadian mail order pharmacies for diet pills

    April 30, 2021 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. AbdgEncox

    Female Cialis Soft https://canadianeve21.com/ – canada pharmaceuticals Cialis

    May 1, 2021 at 15:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. FbsfEncox

    Cytotec http://uspharmus.com/ online drugstore pharmacy

    May 1, 2021 at 17:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. LhdvZisse

    cialis (generic) http://asciled.com/ viagra no prescription cialis

    May 1, 2021 at 22:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. ed supplements at cvs

    erectile master https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ what erectile dysfunction drug works best

    May 2, 2021 at 02:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. JbsdEncox

    Ceftin https://onlinecanda21.com/ Biaxin

    May 2, 2021 at 04:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. BbdfMile

    what is the shelf life of viagra http://gensitecil.com/ – blue chew viagra viagra after prostate removal

    May 2, 2021 at 08:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. GvdbCrulk

    sildenafil vs tadalafil http://boxtadafil.com/ tadalafil cheapest

    May 2, 2021 at 14:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. AbdgEncox

    canadian discount pharmacy http://canadianeve21.com/ buy prescription drugs online

    May 2, 2021 at 22:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. BbshMile

    viagra pill picture https://loxviagra.com/ home remedies viagra

    May 3, 2021 at 08:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. RebfZisse

    does the va approve cialis for patients https://rcialisgl.com/ – cialis no consultation is cialis as effective as viagra

    May 3, 2021 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. AnooEncox

    quanto tempo antes da relação se tomar o viagra https://llviagra.com/ metodos caseros viagra

    May 4, 2021 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. BbshMile

    vietnamese viagra 5 foods http://loxviagra.com/ buy generic viagra online usa

    May 4, 2021 at 16:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. FmrfEncox

    cialis 20 mg dosage http://cialisee.com/ – cialis online 200 mg cialis deals online

    May 4, 2021 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. LbsoZisse

    cheap cialis prices http://ucialisdas.com/ buycialisonline

    May 5, 2021 at 23:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. AnooEncox

    jeremy renner viagra interview http://llviagra.com/ venden viagra en farmacias

    May 5, 2021 at 23:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. GtnbCrulk

    recreational viagra https://jokviagra.com/ can you buy viagra online

    May 7, 2021 at 04:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. FmrfEncox

    cialis 20 mg online usa https://cialisee.com/ cialis with daxopretine

    May 7, 2021 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. LebnEncox

    capsule online pharmacy http://xlnpharmacy.com/ canadian online pharmacy reviews

    May 7, 2021 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. RebfZisse

    where to get free samples of cialis http://rcialisgl.com/ cialis marke 20mg

    May 7, 2021 at 20:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. LebnEncox

    on line pharmacy http://xlnpharmacy.com/ no prescription needed canadian pharmacy

    May 7, 2021 at 21:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. LbsoZisse

    blak cialis http://ucialisdas.com/ cialis mit paypal bezahlen

    May 8, 2021 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. clonidine

    chloroquine moa https://chloroquineorigin.com/ chroloquine

    May 8, 2021 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. для продолжения нажмите

    Отчет на сей вопрос представляется безмерно лёгким: несомненно же, на том сайте, который предоставляет
    перечисленное произвести.
    Но все подлинно незамысловато с этой стороны и еще ощутимо сложнее,
    нежели окзывается, с другой.
    Предварительно в итоге нужно отбирать вэб-страницы не без отменной выборкой порнороликов – это обязательно дает удобный случай
    извечно сортировать те видеороликов, то
    или иное насаждает и потом какое-либо хотелось бы вглядеться.
    Так что если уж на сайте всего-лишь порядочно десятков видео роликов, значит вернее всего-навсего навечно всего этого совершенно не хватает.

    Также возможно бесконечно очень важно смотреть данные обновлений – они должны присутствовать весьма ускоренными,
    в совершенстве – повседневными.
    Это обеспечивает пользователю угодный
    времяпрепровождение или вещает об этом, что начальство
    вебсайта подлинно об нем печется, как будто беспокоится да и о собственных юзерах.

    Особенно, предпочитая, где рассматривать порно в онлайне, потребно просматривать и дополнительно на стилевое
    многообразие. Подобное
    все-таки никак не собственная сборка, в таком
    случае что именно там должно стать изображено все, что единственно можно конечно себе лично
    представить – да и, ясное дело же,
    то, что показать нереально.
    для продолжения нажмите

    May 8, 2021 at 22:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. JebgEncox

    canadian cialis discount pharmaceuticals prescription drugs without prior prescription

    May 9, 2021 at 19:38 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.