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Marijuana use overtakes smoking in teens
December 15th, 2010
09:01 AM ET

Marijuana use overtakes smoking in teens

Marijuana use among high school-aged kids is on the rise, according to a new study, and has overtaken cigarette smoking among 12th-graders specifically.

The Monitoring the Future Survey – compiled from 46,000  anonymous questionnaires given to teens – found that 8% of  eighth-graders say they've smoked marijuana within the past 30 days, up from 6.5% just last year. More than 16.7% of 10th-graders and 21.4% of 12th graders say they've smoked pot within the last month as well.

Only 19.2% of 12th-graders are smoking cigarettes in any given month.

"We've seen marijuana use rising among teens for the last several years, but the rates rose significantly in 2010," said Lloyd Johnston, a distinguished research professor at the University of Michigan, and the lead study researcher.

Johnston and his team also found that more than 6% of high school seniors say they're smoking pot on a daily basis.

While they do not have concrete reasons as to why marijuana use has increased, Johnston says he believes it may be related to increased public discussion about the drug's safety.

"There's a good chance that the widespread discussion of the medical marijuana issue, and more recent discussions about fully legalizing the drug may be conveying the notion that it's not as dangerous," he said.

In addition to their findings on marijuana, the researchers found ecstasy use was on the rise – up a half percent in both 10th and 12th-graders since the 2009 survey.

"Ecstasy fell in popularity in the early 2000's, and remained at quite low levels," Johnston said. "It's still not at high levels, but it's clear this drug is making a comeback."

Over the 36-year history of the survey, Johnston says that as the perceived risks of taking a drug like ecstasy decrease, its use tends to increase; and the trends seem to be cyclical.

"These current high school kids were so young when the last ecstasy epidemic occurred, so they forget risks," Johnston said. "I believe there is a 'generational forgetting' of the risks of these drugs."

Use of other illicit drugs such as crystal meth and cocaine and binge drinking rates continue to decline.


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  1. Zach

    This is useless information

    December 15, 2010 at 10:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Useless

      The article or your post?

      December 15, 2010 at 11:01 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Finally America is waking up! This is excellent news. Kids still get a buzz, don't drink as much alcohol and won't wake up with a hangover, and won't die from the 4000 plus chemicals in highly addictive cigarettes.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:16 | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      War on Drugs continues to work! Billions lost every year....check out drugsense.org/cms/wodclock

      December 15, 2010 at 11:33 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Has anybody thought that the reason for more kids smoking weed is because it's cheaper than smoking?

      December 15, 2010 at 11:42 | Report abuse |
    • Vax

      Cheaper? I'm not so sure about that. Perhaps it works a lot better.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:58 | Report abuse |
    • adasd

      gotta love the hoody; it's necessary for a proper drug-user stereotype

      December 15, 2010 at 12:15 | Report abuse |
    • reefermadness

      because the recent talks about medical marijuana has changed the youth's perception about marijuana being "dangerous". Haha, duh we know its not dangerous, damn, ive been high for 6 straight years. still in college, still getting good grades. marijuana use will continue to rise as we get these older perspectives dieing off. contrary to past-popular belief, marijuana does not make you jump off buildings or hallucinate, it actually just makes you dislike oppression in most forms cause it allows you to see things from a more open, accepting perspective. unless your a skin head that toasts, and i just dont get that

      December 15, 2010 at 12:49 | Report abuse |
    • Zeek

      Hilarious. Why would it be that pot is more popular? Perhaps because its illegal. I have no interest myself however logic would point to the fact that if pot was legal it wouldnt be as easy to get, just like cigarettes and alcohol. Strange that the govt spends endless money on this problem that has only increased in use and popularity since becoming illegal and part of the "Drug war". Obviously injesting anything like cigarettes,pot or alcohol is bad for you. But jeez lets no be dumb here.

      December 15, 2010 at 13:30 | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      CNN you act like this is a bad thing? Marijuana much safer than ciggs.

      Legalize.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:56 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      The numbers of teens that admit smoking pot has increased, this does not mean that more or less teens are smoking pot. What it means is that teens have become more comfortable with admitting it in a random study. Worthless information unless published along side factual evidence which includes data based on proven teen drug use.

      December 15, 2010 at 15:30 | Report abuse |
    • JEM

      The reason Pot is illegal is because our current generation of senior citizens along with the generation before them carried a hatred of the reckless, the hedonistic and the young. There were warnings back in the 1960's that laws against drugs would turn this country into a shameful police state and now the US incarcerates more of its citizens for more reasons than any other country. The "Land of the Free" has been transformed into the worlds "Prison Nation".

      We now live in a worthless tyranny because the current generation of OLD PEOPLE always hated liberty and sent their lives destroying it.
      Thanks a lot OLD PEOPLE

      December 15, 2010 at 15:39 | Report abuse |
    • MOD

      Portugal is the best example we have in the world today. they have FULLY decriminalized drugs for a while now and the evidence is clear particularly with high school kids where pot smoking is down since the change in law.
      we call it the forbidden fruit syndrome.
      knowledge is power. News should not be opinionated rather based in hard research, tough questions and most importantly pure fact.

      December 15, 2010 at 19:43 | Report abuse |
    • bob

      i love mary

      February 17, 2011 at 21:56 | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    I would call this a victory

    December 15, 2010 at 10:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • BC

      100% agreed

      December 15, 2010 at 10:33 | Report abuse |
    • Former 12th Grade Habitual Marijuana Smoker

      I smoked pot everyday from 10th-12th grade. Still got all A's and B's, graduated, was accepted into every college I applied to and was awarded scholarships for most of them. With the responsibilities of college and keeping my scholarship, and with getting an internship and starting to work in the adult world, my pot usage steadily declined. Now, at 24, I very very rarely smoke and have no health problems (nor did I ever). Most of my friends who smoked marijuana habitually will tell you the same thing. With the exception on 1, all only do it rarely now, if at all.

      Out of my friends who smoked cigarettes throughout high school, about 80% still smoke. 100% wish they could quit.

      It is a very good thing that high schoolers are smoking more pot than cigarettes. As they get older, they will do it less and less (some will continue to smoke, however). The cigarette smokers, however, will have a much harder time quitting their addiction, a great deal will never kick the habit.

      Lastly, cigarettes (until we turned 18) and alcohol were much harder to acquire in high school than: pot, meth, cocaine, x, and heroin. Legalize pot!!!

      December 15, 2010 at 11:31 | Report abuse |
    • PIc

      Wow, just reading some of the posts and it sounds like Marijuana is a very healthy choice and can actually be good for you. REALLY?

      December 15, 2010 at 11:46 | Report abuse |
    • Vax

      Healthy? That's debatable.
      Better than cigarettes? Yep!
      Addicting? No.

      There are a ton of people who actually need this because it does help with stress when nothing else can. It's definitely not addicting, especially compared with cigarettes.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:55 | Report abuse |
    • LJS

      I agree with most of these guys. I am not a pot smoker, but have been a cigarette smoker for years. Out of my friends who smoked pot in HS/University, maybe 10% still smoke pot once in a while. Out of all the cigarette smokers I've known, most still smoke 1/2 to a full pack a day. In terms of health, I think cigarettes are much worse. Just an opinion...take it or leave it.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
    • Squeeker

      I have to agree with the other posts. I smoked all through high school and college and then went on the steady decline as I got older. I'm 46 now and still take a toke now and then, but it's use subsided on it's own. Cigarettes, now that's another story. I smoked all through high school and my first year in college, but when I TRIED to quit it was an awful battle, but I finally did and, unlike MANY others, I never went back to it and HATE cigarettes now! Don't be the tobacco industry's bit*h!!! You only look stupid smoking cigs anyway AND you stink! I wish I'd gotten that earlier than I did.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I agree completely!!!

      December 15, 2010 at 13:22 | Report abuse |
  3. jake

    it's because POT is safe!!! 4loko has killed students and other drugs are just wrong!

    The government needs to stop be hypocrites and either BAN alcohol AND pot or legalize pot and control it just the way booze is controlled.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Leo

      i agree thats proble the most smartest thing ive ever heard all year

      December 15, 2010 at 11:05 | Report abuse |
    • hamdemon

      4 Loko has not killed anyone. Alcohol has killed many people, but it's ok for you to climb down off of someone else's bandwagon on the 4 Loko bashing. Try thinking for yourself in the future instead of repeating what you THINK you heard on TV.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:10 | Report abuse |
    • Vax

      They should do an article on alcohol vs. marijuana.

      I wonder which substance would win?

      December 15, 2010 at 11:23 | Report abuse |
  4. Justina

    These kids responsible for all the tragedies in Mexico?

    December 15, 2010 at 10:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jackie

      ya feds need to step up sooner then later and we should be able to choose what happens we should be able o vote on it

      December 15, 2010 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
    • Damian

      No, our federal government, who are fighting a bogus "war on drugs" is responsible.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:45 | Report abuse |
    • There are no gods.

      Matt, you are so ignorant it is almost staggering.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:54 | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      not in anyway, the corporate "war" on drugs is

      December 15, 2010 at 12:04 | Report abuse |
    • Vax

      No more than people who wear diamonds being responsible for war in Africa.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
    • Legalize It

      Matt...Some great weed is grown in Mexico...but I like the weed that comes from California USA....that is grown for medical marijuana and is high grade drug cannabis....most of it is what locals could call chronic. Keep your Canadian weed.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:51 | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Amsterdamn doesnt even compare to California anymore. We used to go to Amsterdamn every 2 years. Pointless now that the best stuff is grown in the good old USA.

      December 15, 2010 at 13:00 | Report abuse |
  5. Sabu

    It is really time for the Feds to step in and end the nonesense that is going in California, Colorado, and the other medical marijuana states.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Caste

      Just you.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
    • truth2power

      Yes, it's time to make marijuana legal and widely available!

      December 15, 2010 at 10:43 | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd

      Yes, let's end this nonensense and make it legal.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:49 | Report abuse |
    • hamdemon

      Sabu is the kind of guy who screams about government spending too much money UNLESS it's for his favorite pet cause. Grow up, Sabu. You're an adult now. Start acting like it.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:12 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Yes, lets end the nonsense and make it legal and we will continue to increase the percentage of students graduated after 12 years of school that can read at a 4th grade level and cannot add 2+2 without a calculator. Remember the old commercials about the young adult in his mid 20s sitting in a bedroom smoking a joint saying that "I've been smoking pot for over 10 years and nothing has happened to me." Then you hear his mommy holler "what are you doing in there?" He opens the window and starts trying to push the smoke out the window at the same time answering "nothing ma." The point being that pot can make nothing happen to you too. That commercial was very accurate. Those of you that think you are successful and have been smoking every day for years, think of how successful you would have been if you did not kill your brain cells. And no, I don't think alcahol should be legal either. However, I do agree that if one is legal then the other should be made legal, it would fix a lot of the tax/deficit problems. But be prepared to remain lowest in the world in terms of the education and intelligence of our countries citizens.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:39 | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      If you keep doing the same thing you will get the same result. Drug use has been on the rise way before those states decriminalized it. Amsterdam has seen a significant drop in crime since they have opened their coffee shops. And drug use among teens has stayed the same over the past few years.

      People will always abuse drugs whether they are legal or not. What you fail to realize is the amount of kids that use drugs because it is illegal. Amsterdam's results show this and our battle with the war on drugs since Nixon was in office has gotten worse and worse. You have to be mentally retarded to not see the facts...

      December 15, 2010 at 11:41 | Report abuse |
    • Randy Fromm

      Perhaps if you lived with someone with chronic pain who now is relieved by Marijuana you would be singing a different tune. It is far from "nonsense." The only nonsense is that it is illegal.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:45 | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      No, the Feds just need to legalize it already. I'm an adult and should be able to choose whether or not I want to purchase and smoke weed (just like people who choose to drink booze). The hypocrisy, misinformation and propaganda against MJ needs to stop already. If you choose to inhale, fine. If not, that's fine too. Just don't tell me what I can and can’t do. "Keep your government hands off my Medicaid" – as stated by some un-intelligent American during the Health Care debate. I thought that was a good one too. 😉

      December 15, 2010 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      says the uninformed fool

      December 15, 2010 at 12:05 | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      @Reality Chews....Pot does not kill your brain cells. It's been proven medically -_-

      December 15, 2010 at 12:52 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas

      @Reality Chews, do you have any idea how many people are far more successful then you who smoke cannabis. It does not kill brain cells and may even be a neuroprotectant. That stereotype in that stupid commercial could have easily been a writer or a scientist toking up and coming up with ideas that they would have never if they were not high. Can you say Carl Sagan.

      December 15, 2010 at 13:55 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Jared, you and Tomas need to google the research done in amsterdam and israel. I did agree that it needs to be legalized, and neither one of you can prove wrong the statistics of the number of high school graduates that can't read above a 4th grade level or do simple math without a calculator, rising in correlation with the increased pot usage by that age group. Tomas you are right, I don't know how many out there more successful than I, that smoke pot. But then again you don't know how successful I am. Neither one of you gave more than an opinion response, just your opinion, many of the potheads on this blog, including the self described successful people, gave intelligent research based responses, only judgement and opinions, along with name calling, which says something about their maturity level.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:41 | Report abuse |
    • JOhn

      well that's idiotic. really?

      December 15, 2010 at 15:30 | Report abuse |
    • ....whatever

      @Reality Chews.....do you have children? The sad part isn't kids smoking pot. What is hampering our children's math and reading skills is actually the education system. I have 2 step children in high school and they are encouraged to use calculators in math classes. They are encouraged to research the Internet about projects rather than researching through reading. They also have new lessons to teach adding math by estimating, same with multiplication tables.....and these new lessons have been effective for quite a few years! (No child left behind...thanks George W Bush)...Teachers are instructed to not teach math and reading like it was 10 even 15 years ago. And technology has crept into the classroom so children are not using their full potential. Before you go accusing some research about a drug/medication that can help (unlike MANY FDA approved prescribed medications which cause liver and kidney failure) do some research on how our children are educated first!

      December 15, 2010 at 15:34 | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      @Reality Chews – The fact that these things are happening in tandem doesn't prove a correlation. What have you found that actually proves a direct correlation between marijuana use and academic achievement? By the way, I'm highly literate, have a degree, a happy family, a good job, good health, a nice house, a well manicured lawn, AND a bong.

      December 15, 2010 at 15:40 | Report abuse |
    • JEM

      Governments serve THEIR interests; not yours or mine.
      Stop talking like the STATE has your interests at heart.

      Legalizing pot would certainly serve OUR interests and the interests of the American people, but what is important is the interests of the state. Stop thinking like the wants and needs of us serfs matter to government.

      The STATE is not your friend.

      December 15, 2010 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      .....whatever, I agree with you completely. I believe the "no child left behind" law was the stupidest thing done as far as for the future of America. But I won't get on my soap box about that. All I was saying is the increase in the percentage of graduates being unable to read above the 4th grade level, has almost exactly coincided with the increase in pot usage in teenagers. If I read correctly, the coincidence was not exact, but very close. I do remember the higher number was in graduates being unable to read above a 4th grade level.

      December 15, 2010 at 15:55 | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable

      @Reality Chews,

      Funny how you forgot to mention that HS marijuana use was MUCH higher in the 60-70s (upwards of 50%) yet they managed to graduate (and ironically, are the ones who fail to see this logic).

      That so many kids graduate on a low reading level is ENTIRELY the byproduct of pushing kids through the system. They are falling behind as early as 2nd-3rd grade... are you going to tell me it's because elementary school kids smoke pot?

      Funny thing is that of all the people I know in life who do nothing, about half of them have never smoked before in their life. I know it doesn't mean much to you since you've already formed an opinion on the subject, but just some food for thought.

      December 15, 2010 at 15:57 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Sara, how often do you use the bong? If you really are that literate, then locate and read the stats of the people answering the poll, then at what level there reading and math skills were when they graduated. I belive that will show the correlation. Though .....whatever's posting was accurate for the major cause. The younger teachers (some of my kids teachers are in their early to mid 20s) some of whom smoke pot regularly (some have been fired in my sons school system when caught) does not help their teaching skills any.

      December 15, 2010 at 16:01 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Reasonable, didn't you read my post where I said I agree with ....whatever? I agree with you as well except for the part of your using the capitalized "ENTIRELY," that is kind of like using the words "always" and "never." which shows a closed mind. I am an analyst for a living and am accustomed to considering all possibilities, factors, and variables, plus research, before coming to a conlusion. It drives my wife nuts, because when I tell her something, I tend to be correct and she can't argue.

      December 15, 2010 at 16:09 | Report abuse |
  6. Sonic

    Weed and ciggies are nearly the same price anymore...must as well get high if you smoke something. 🙂

    December 15, 2010 at 10:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • julsie

      Ha, wow. I hope that didn't persuade anyone.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:06 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Why would you hope it didn't persuade anyone? What's the point of smoking something if there's no high? Cig smokers get a "buzz" when the first start smoking, after there addicted there's no point in smoking except feeding an addiction.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:40 | Report abuse |
    • Haakonas

      It is now 2010 and we have had many years to study this plant. I know testing on this plant has gone further than I have been alive. As we read, we see benefits to the millions of children with ADHD and the studies from not only doctors but loving mothers on how their children have become stable after a Pot Brownie or Cookie. How some Cancer patients are no longer Patients of cancer. ADHD was not as prevelant as it is today and since this is a new more significant problem we are currently facing we need new ways to help the children grow up well and healthy. There are many of you who will not believe but in light of the situation we are facing there is a difference POT will not kill you Cigarettes WILL. Pills from pfeizer and other pharma's usually have a miilion and 1 side affects possibly have issues for the rest of your life. POT gets you high and helps with whatever ails you. in life. Yes even asthma for those who say that weed is as bad as smoking.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:41 | Report abuse |
  7. bbb

    Safer than cigarettes. But Justina may be partially correct because youngsters will smoke Mexican crap weed as they don't know any better. Go local. Lazy stoner kids are better than drunk driving kids.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. laura

    Exactly – there is a reason why binge drinking is on the decline – because its harder to get alcohol than marijuana. Legalize and regulate it! It's a no-brainer!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • king

      This! I dont see this mentioned enough. Because it is illegal can make it easier to get for minors. Dealers dont card....

      December 15, 2010 at 10:46 | Report abuse |
    • Ashi

      It is not as simple as what you said. Bottles of beer are much harder to hide in your pockets. That is probably the bigger issue. A dealer selling alcohol could not just stand around on a corner with it in their pockets, and kids could not just hide it in their pockets.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:15 | Report abuse |
    • 100yearswar

      that's why kids get some crazy of-age person to buy them the cheapest fifth of vodka available ($5) and put it in a water bottle, then slam the whole thing in their parents' basement. So alcohol isn't easy to conceal?

      December 15, 2010 at 11:37 | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    Not surprised at all. Cigs are gross anyway.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. razzlea

    I think this is a never ending battle. http://razzlea.blogspot.com/

    December 15, 2010 at 10:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Eric T

    Cool.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. fivetwenty

    wow they need a study for that? i could have given them this insight and i'm 45 with no kids but lots of nieces and nephews and i'm glad they are smoking pot instead of cigarettes actually. "Use of other illicit drugs such as crystal meth and cocaine and binge drinking rates continue to decline." if we de-criminalize pot, the use of those other dangerous, dirty, illicit drugs will continue to decline. imo

    December 15, 2010 at 10:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. jackie

    feds step up and let us vote on it

    December 15, 2010 at 10:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andy

      California did vote on it you ignorant moron. It lost 60/40. Maybe if you weren't high all the time you would be able to read these things...

      December 15, 2010 at 11:28 | Report abuse |
    • ja75477

      @andy if you had not been an arrogant idiot you would have read that one of the main reasons it was turned down is because the growers in N cal didnt want it legal because they wouldnt make as much money. They had huge campaigns against its legalization. The majority of america wants it legal because its not dangerous if used responsibly. ive smoked for many years and know lots of people that did and still do

      December 15, 2010 at 11:45 | Report abuse |
    • Vax

      It's the people who think they know what they're talking about who are misinformed on marijuana and voted against it.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:09 | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Andy, what's with the name calling? What are you, 12?

      Jackie is right, we need to legalize it on the federal level, tax and regulate it just like alcohol (a far more dangerous drug). Let's start by not calling it marijuana, a label given to it many decades ago in a racist effort to make the white majority fear it. We should make an effort to call it cannabis, a more proper name without racist overtones. The California initiative failed for many reasons, most of them propaganda-related. You obviously don't live here in CA or you would have known that. That is, if you actually have a couple of brain cells to rub together . . .

      December 15, 2010 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      It failed because it's such a huge cash crop, medical marijuana dispensaries and pot dealers who actually are pro legalization all voted against it because they would lose their job. It's an odd situation because anyone who currently sells it while they are morally for legalization they are financially against it.

      December 15, 2010 at 13:25 | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Look guys, i too think it should be legal. If people want to get high, fine let them. But you need to realize that most people who are pro legalization are probably under 30. That leave a huge group of people who grew up with it being this bad voodo and they will not change their minds about it. If this whole country voted on it, it would fail again just like it did in California. California is probably the most pro legalization state in the union, and if it wont pass there it certainly will not pass overall in the whole country.

      And yes, I am being very harsh, but how hard is it to google these things before you post?

      December 15, 2010 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas

      @Andy, if you are going to round at least know how to do it. I believe it actually was 46% in favor... that would make it 50/50. and as others said many of the against are for legalizing just not by that specific proposition.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:00 | Report abuse |
    • motamorfosis

      great reply Tomas on the rounding! it did only lose 54to 46 or so quite close considering all the growers and Med MJ patients voting against the Proposition.
      another thing Andy....COLORADO is the most pro pot state in the Nation! it will legalize 2012 just as Breckenridge colorado did in 2008.

      December 16, 2010 at 21:03 | Report abuse |
  14. whoopee!

    Legalize it. It is completely absurd for marijuana to be illegal. Booze kills 100 times more people than marijuana ever would! The kids are getting smarter! Stick to the pot.....cigarettes kill .

    December 15, 2010 at 10:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Breathe Air Not Smoke

      The human body is not designed to inhale smoke. Marijuana use and tobacco use both put the lungs at risk for numerous health issues. Breathe air, not smoke. Otherwise you will be smoking pot to ease the pain while you go through the late stages of cancer.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:56 | Report abuse |
    • DK

      Guess you'd have to ban cars, factories, campfires, etc. They produce smoke which you breath every day.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:05 | Report abuse |
    • rh

      Anyone who thinks that marijuana smoke and tobacco smoke are significantly different in terms of lung disease potential are kidding themselves.

      Alcohol may be a worse public health risk than marijuana, but that's partially because it is legal.

      Tobacco is equivalent to marijuana in health risk, except that you don't want potheads driving around or performing surgeries (hey man, that's a cool red color!).

      December 15, 2010 at 11:07 | Report abuse |
    • You Dont Know Everything

      @Breathe Air Not Smoke...ever heard of edibles or a vaporizer? you dont inhale smoke and you can still get extremely high, with no adverse health effects. Educate yourselves.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:15 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @Breathe Air not Smoke:

      The human body also isn't designed to drink alchohol, caffeine, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, excess fat, etc etc etc...

      That's an utterly useless argument and really beside the point. It's about choice, in my opinion. Also, I imagine kids are under a lot more stress these days than when I was in high school 14 years ago. I don't blame them one bit for seeking some release, at least it's safer by far than binge drinking.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:20 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      I doubt kids are any smarter. I would guess the rise in pot use will correspond with the growing percentage of students graduating from high school being able to read only to the 4th grade level and cannot add 2+2 without a calculator.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:45 | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Amazing, i did not know only stupid uneducated individuals smoke pot. Astonishing what you learn from self educated tards on the net.

      December 15, 2010 at 13:11 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      While I agree that pot smoke is just as bad as cigarette smoke I have to educate you a little because clearly you've never touched the stuff. Most pot smokers will take a few hits of weed and be high for hours while a cigarette smoker will smoke an entire cigarette and then possibly light up another one only minutes after they're done. An extreme pot smoker may take 50 hits in a day while an average cigarette smoker will take well over 100. Personally I take between 2 and 10 hits depending on the day, that's the equivalent of maybe a cigarette or 2. I don't know any regular cigarette smoker who only smokes 1 cigarette a day

      December 15, 2010 at 13:35 | Report abuse |
    • Clay

      @RH: you said:"Anyone who thinks that marijuana smoke and tobacco smoke are significantly different in terms of lung disease potential are kidding themselves."

      Yes they are different. first you dont have chain smoking pot heads. two hits off a bowl is enough for most people depending on the weed. Cig smokers can smoke 20+ cigs a day, at 10+ hits a cig thats conservatively 200 hits a day as opposed to less than 10. pot smoke has also been linked to decreasing lung cancer tumor growth by more than 50%. there are many empirical studies on this subject. google: pot cures cancer.

      "Alcohol may be a worse public health risk than marijuana, but that's partially because it is legal."

      No its because alcohol is supremely addictive. Marijuana has zero physical addiction. Alcohol on the other hand...

      "Tobacco is equivalent to marijuana in health risk, except that you don't want potheads driving around or performing surgeries (hey man, that's a cool red color!)."

      Just as you don't want people under the influence of alcohol doing those things either. Im not sure what your point is. Tobacco has been proven to be much more of a health risk than Pot. the only reason its still legal is because the government is making too much money from big tobacco, big alcohol and big pharma to make them illegal.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:19 | Report abuse |
  15. NotForMe

    Make it legal. Tax it. Boom, less debt, everyone wins.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Reality Chews

      "Everyone Wins", except the parents that still have their 35-40 year old stoned kid living in their basement.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:49 | Report abuse |
    • Vax

      It'd probably be better than a kid causing problems on the street? You choose.

      Also, there are plenty and plenty of adults who do this. Not just kids.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:10 | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      That would be the parents fault. Also, people do that now and its illegal. I fail to see the point you are trying to make...

      December 15, 2010 at 13:13 | Report abuse |
    • Clay

      Reality: I smoke every day, am in my mid twenties and make 100k per year. I would consider myself successful. sorry but your argument does not hold water.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:24 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Clay, perhaps for you, you might be an exception. Then again, you might possibly have been a "Bill Gates," if you did not smoke pot.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:46 | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable

      RC, how absurd of you to suggest "could have been a bill gates".. are you doing as well as he is?

      I guess there's literally nothing that would change your mind. Why waste your time here? You are obviously in the minority, and I don't see a single person backing up your claims.

      What agenda are you pushing? Do you work for Phillip Morris?

      When faced with endless examples of how you are wrong, *most* rational people would simply shut up.

      December 15, 2010 at 16:08 | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      RC is always bringing up some bogus studies that supposedly back up his arguments and when you ask him to cite them he tells YOU to look it up,,,I say they don't exist,if they did he would prove me wrong by citing them.

      December 15, 2010 at 18:56 | Report abuse |
  16. Chuck Gaffney

    Even US teens are going green.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. T3chsupport

    Cigarettes are legal and easy to get from just about anywhere. Hell, some kids are just bums and will jack butts out of ash trays and smoke those.

    Yet pot is illegal, and more teenagers smoke pot than cigarettes.

    Yeah, prohibition is working.

    Really though, be glad it's pot and not cigarettes. Pot isn't nearly as harmful or addictive as cigarettes OR alcohol.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Reality Chews

      "Really though, be glad it's pot and not cigarettes. Pot isn't nearly as harmful or addictive as cigarettes OR alcohol."

      You sound like "nothing has happened to you too" and you so addicted and stoned you don't even realize it. You can get the same cancers and lung damage from smoking pot as you can cigarrettes. The bad part is you won't feel the damage in time to possibly do anything about it.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:52 | Report abuse |
    • T3chsupport

      Way to assume things. I'm not stoned right now at all. I'm at work.
      And no, the smoke isn't nearly as harmful as cigarettes, and doesn't have the same chemicals at all.
      Plus, you don't actually have to SMOKE weed to get high. You can vaporize it, eat it, or drink it.

      Thanks for playing, though.

      December 15, 2010 at 13:03 | Report abuse |
    • T3chsupport

      * it has SOME of the same chemicals when smoked, but not nearly as many is what I meant. If it's smoked, it's definitely still smoke.

      December 15, 2010 at 13:04 | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Go tell that to the people at Harvard that released a study saying Marijuana may slow or stop the growing of cancer cells. You do not know what you are talking about. Please educate yourself before spewing at the mouth...

      December 15, 2010 at 13:15 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I'll stick with my pot and you can have your Oxycontin, let's meet back here in 10 years and see how our lives turn out.

      December 15, 2010 at 13:37 | Report abuse |
    • ....whatever

      @Reality Chews.....Why are you so against something that has helped so many sick people? Did your physician not provide to you a prescription for Viagra when you complained about your ED?

      December 15, 2010 at 15:42 | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Reality Choose strikes again, "smoking Cannabis causes the same cancers as Tobacco"

      ,,,,,where did you get that bit of misinformation Mr.Analist... Care to cite that study,,OH I forgot,it's not your job to back up your stupid claims it's the other guy's job. Well OK, everyone Google Dr.Donald Tashkin UCLA Cannabis studies.

      December 15, 2010 at 19:03 | Report abuse |
  18. Wake_up_Right_America

    You can punish those who use this drug under the direction of their doctor.... but really what is the point. The people selling your kids pot are not checking ID.... there are no undercover sting operations to ensure minors are not sold illegal substances.

    Even with strict regulation the government can't keep booze and tobacco out of the hands of kids. How do you expect them to do it with pot and other drugs?

    December 15, 2010 at 10:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eric T

      What about punishing under the direction of a doctor? What are you trying to say?

      December 15, 2010 at 10:51 | Report abuse |
  19. Cheech

    I'd hit it.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Patrick

    Cannabis on the rise.....Cigs and alcohol on the decline......Hmmmmmm. Which of these drugs is illegal again? Please, please lets come to our senses and legalize cannabis. Regulation of this safe drug will help keep it in the hands of responsible adults and keep decent people from being branded as criminals.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Texas Pete

      Please start arresting the stoners in our schools.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:38 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Very few "decent people" smoke cannibis.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:53 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @chews Prejudge people much? I can do that too, everyone who is gay has aids and everyone who is a muslim has a bomb on their body... oh and my favorite every christian wants to invade the holy land and move the vatican there.

      Prejudice people (like you) are ignorant.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:14 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      @chris, it is not prejudice or ignorance, it is education and observation. Just the fact that they are doing something illegal and harmful, precludes them being "decent" and says a great deal about their morality, or lack there of.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:42 | Report abuse |
    • Dev

      Hey reality chews, what do you mean by "decent people"? I have a law degree, my brother is a doctor, and guess what? we smoked pot ?!? Am I a decent person? Whats your education? I'm willing to bet that you probably don't have much going on since you've been all over this blog talking trash on weed b/c you're too square to do it. But you know what I think? I think that you are just jealous b/c people like me exist who are superior to you in almost every way and therefore you have to bash pot heads to give yourself the illusion of higher ground. Well unfortuneatly that doesn't change the fact that you are a loser and your arguments are worthless. I think its obvious from all the posts here that the general population understands that it should be legal. But please, next time you try bash pot heads and say they are losers, think of me, think of my millionaire family that has accomplished more while smoking than you ever will sober. Marijuana users come from all walks of life and it is truly the people's drug. Stop wasting your time because nobody believes your outdated propaganda anymore anyways.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:49 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      It's really funny because I know a lot of people that smoke pot and most of them are extremely hard workers, the most successful person I know smokes daily yet maintains a very high position as an engineer at the worlds largest telecommunication company. I think the key is not getting stoned when you go to work, some people don't realize that just because you smoke pot doesn't mean your stoned all the time. It's the same as alcohol, just because you drink doesn't mean you're always drunk

      December 15, 2010 at 13:43 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Thank you DEV for proving my point, you had no single logical, researched or educated argument. All you could do is resort to name calling. You do not know me, yet make such lengthy judgements. You showed your arrogance and the level of your stupidity with your posting. Must be from all the pot smoking, which you doing with a law degree (supposedly, as I don't know you either) tells of an even lower character than a typical stoner. If you were as smart as you think you are you would know better. By the way, I don't mind ignorance as that is curable. There is no cure for stupidity.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      By the way DEV, in no posting have I used the word "loser," which shows your level of reading comprehension.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:22 | Report abuse |
    • ....whatever

      @ Reality Chews....are you a decent person? Why? Because you don't smoke? Must be nice to live in your world. Sad, weed would probably not help you become a more pleasant person.

      December 15, 2010 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • Dev

      Wow Reality Check, you're right, I am an arrogant person in many ways, but you obviously seem to think highly of your self as evidenced by you spilling you're many ejaculations all over this page. I'm not sure why you hate pot users so much. Were you abused by one as a child? I would not be surprised if someone abused you at some point because you seem to be a very bitter person. I hope that you can learn to enjoy life without having to have prejudices towards others. But even if you can't I think you should atleast know that all those stereotypes you keep making about pot users aren't really true. You must know very little about marijuana and the people who smoke it because there really are many people from all walks of life that use it, and many of us lead normal non-loser lives. You would probably be surprised by how many people you know from your own life that secretly get high, but they would never tell you because you obviously are not cool with it.

      December 15, 2010 at 20:38 | Report abuse |
  21. Wake_up_Right_America

    Eric T
    I was simply responding to the ridiculous calls to have medical marijuana banned in Cali and other western states..... doing this I believe would be punishing the people who use MJ under the supervision and reccomendation of their physicians.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Joe, LA, CA

    more 'pot' hysteria...

    December 15, 2010 at 10:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Madness

      Like Reefer Madness?

      December 15, 2010 at 11:02 | Report abuse |
  23. Summarex

    The worst thing of all is that there are some idiots who probably think this is somehow good.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Smoking Kills

      I agree with you that it is not. Smoking leads to lung related illnesses. It does not matter whether you use tobacco, marijuana, banana peels, or burn the leaves in your front yard. Your lungs are not made to inhale smoke. Why do you think your body has so many systems to protect the lungs through filtration?

      December 15, 2010 at 11:05 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yes it is good. How many people die each year from smoking ciggs? Millions? How many people die from smoking pot? Right around zero

      December 15, 2010 at 11:05 | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      @Chris your logic is laughable... To say there are no death due to smoking pot compared to tobacco just shows your level of ignorance. It's zero because they aren't keeping track of it because is illegal, that doesn't mean they don't happen.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:16 | Report abuse |
    • M

      @Leo – they aren't keeping track of deaths caused by pot because it's illegal? That is wonderful logic. They don't have reports or keep track of deaths due to cocaine, heroin, meth, or x because they are illegal either. The fact is, there has never been a death due to marijuana use, period.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:35 | Report abuse |
    • brian

      sorry Leo, but Chris is 100% correct. Also through numerous studies, it is also not cancer causing.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:40 | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      Not true Leo. A local grower of the MJ was killed when he crashed his car while transporting his cargo.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:40 | Report abuse |
    • Vax

      To whoever thinks this is bad. Take a good and very very long look at alcohol.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:14 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I'll give you a limit less supply of pot then a limit less supply of alcohol, smoke or drink as much as you possibly can in an hour and see which one lands you in the hospital and which one sends you to the kitchen. Notice I listed pot first because I know what that outcome will be, the alcohol however could easily result in death

      December 15, 2010 at 13:49 | Report abuse |
  24. rh

    That's because like all illegal drugs, the FDA and government does not focus on publicizing long-term health effects.

    I daresay there are many more 20+ year olds who smoke tobacco regularly, and pot occasionally, but there aren't that many who are chronic pot users to the same extent our parents smoked (two or more packs per day).

    Hey kids, no filter = more cancer...

    December 15, 2010 at 11:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Denizen Kate

      Cannabis is most definitely not a carcinogen. There are many studies that prove this. Smoking it isn't completely harmless, but to damage your lungs with cannabis, you would have to smoke the equivalent of a couple of packs of cigarettes per day (40 or so "joints") to cause asthma or emphasema (I may have spelled that wrong). It isn't possible to smoke that much cannabis, you'd be comatose before you were halfway there.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
  25. A. Goodwin

    As a mom of a 6 year old with Epilepsy and for which his seizures are not controlled through medication. I found out recently that pot has helped many adults with seizure disorders to either control their seizures completely or reduce the amount of seizures they are having (a small percentage do increase when smoking pot). If I knew pot would help my son control his seizures, I would move to CA in an instant. Not willing to test this on him, but I'm hoping that someday I'll know if it works.

    Pot NEEDS to be legal. For kids like mine, for kids with ADHD where its been working, for individuals suffering from cancer or general diseases that cause pain. When are we going to wake up? My son take THREE seizure meds currently that have all sorts of side effects. Pot – very little. I'm angry that so many people want to take away my sons right to SAVE himself. If only I knew it would work....

    December 15, 2010 at 11:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • FedUp2

      Maybe pot could help with hyperactivity, but attention deficit or impulsivity? Really? Just wishful thinking by some people, really. There are other meds on the market today that try the same approach at reduction in ADHD symptoms. Calming some of those hyper kids down may help them focus, but making kids that already can't focus all lucid and sleepy doesn't really help much.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:29 | Report abuse |
    • M

      @FedUp – yes, the ADD and ADHD medications you speak of are legal meth and cocaine. I would much rather my child eat a pot brownie than take a legal meth or cocaine pill to calm him down.

      PS- I did my best mathematics work while high. I even did a little experiment – take a math test high vs sober. I switched it up for every test in that class for a full semester. The results showed an overwhelming improvement in scores while I was high. I also took all my AP exams while high, as well as the SAT. I received 4-5's on my AP exams and was in the 96th percentile for SAT scores. Man, that marijuana really did awful things for my concentration.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:41 | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      GoodWin;
      I hope that you are writing your representatives and telling them to reschedule Cannabis out of schedule1, until they do they have a lock down on all Cannabis research done in this country. Do a Google search on Cannabis and Israel, I hear that they are far ahead in this field of research, Good Luck with your child.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:54 | Report abuse |
  26. TECH

    MAKE WEED LEGAL, TAX IT, AND LETS GET USA OUTA THIS RUT !!!

    December 15, 2010 at 11:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Leo

    We are screwed, the next generation is going to be a bunch of potheads with the munchies all the time...time to invest in Frito-Lay stocks

    December 15, 2010 at 11:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • FedUp2

      Yes, it's really going to mess up their military training they have been getting through violent video games. Just when they've found how to unlock that killer instinct and channel it through a joystick too. Next thing we know, they'll want to love their neighbors, and other dumb sissy stuff like that. Can't have that.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:35 | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      The military is pretty strict on MJ use in the ranks.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:41 | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Moron

      December 15, 2010 at 11:56 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Texas Pete, the military is not only "pretty strict," they won't even let you in if you have much more than tried it. If you are proven to use it after you joined, you are discharged immediately, well perhaps not immediatly, after the associated jail time is finished.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      try thinking for yourself, that is a stoooopid comment

      December 15, 2010 at 12:07 | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable

      RC, there may be a bit of truth to that – and then a whole lot more to the story.

      A friend of mine recently sat down with a recruiter. He answered the question "countless times in the past six years, most recently 3 months ago". The recruiter told him to change what he wrote to "a few times in high school".

      So maybe they won't accept people who used a lot of pot or maybe they just want to project that perception. They certainly had no qualms about telling him to lie on his application and were more than willing to let him join...

      December 15, 2010 at 16:18 | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm, Interesting

      Reasonable, sounds like your friend's recruiter might have been low on his quota. If he got caught doing that, he would get jail time before his discharge. Fraud is highly frowned upon in the military.

      December 15, 2010 at 18:04 | Report abuse |
  28. Mark

    That's a lot of cigarette smokers, can't the police crack down on tobacco barons?

    December 15, 2010 at 11:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. ShoelessKYBoy

    I hope that kid knows he got taken on that weed. Stuff aint even green.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. killallthewhiteman

    One of the main reasons I smoke cigs in high school was to cover up the pot smell. Would have been nice if I never had to start smoking cigs. .

    December 15, 2010 at 11:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Reality Chews

      I see, and did you graduate high school being able to read at 10th grade level? or even at 4th grade level?

      December 15, 2010 at 12:04 | Report abuse |
    • Vax

      Actually I have a friend who used marijuana in high school. He's a college graduate and wanted to be a counselor, but is currently a teacher. He's 21 right now and probably still uses it too. That any kind of proof how this doesn't affect our true judgment?

      December 15, 2010 at 12:17 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Vax, more confirmation one the reasons the percentage of high school graduates that cannot read, write, or do simple math without a calculator, is increasing.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable

      Wow, RC must have been one of those who graduated with a 4th grade reading level. Honestly, does anyone on this blog believe a word that comes out of his mouth? I guess me and just about everyone else posting here are the exception, graduating 4th in my class of several hundred, kept a 4.0 throught first 3 years of college (still graduated with 3.8), got a good paying job, etc.

      Oh well, back to closet we go. One day people will realize that smoking pot doesn't effect your ability to succed in life anymore than smoking cigarettes. By that time over half the population will be smoking, but will probably lie about it to protect themselves.

      December 15, 2010 at 16:22 | Report abuse |
  31. Mark

    At this point, the country doesn't produce anything the world needs, there's no question that with 10-20% unemployment, we need to start growing hemp again. The fact that this hasn't happened yet is a travesty.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Rachel

    Pot is the lesser of the two evils, if you can even consider it that.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Bzas

    The US government has a response for dealing with their drug policy that has allowed this usage increase among minors - continue doing the same thing: imprisoning teenagers and denying them college student loans and financial aid. The logic goes, since it hasn't worked in the past, then it must work in the future.

    Of course, if they were serious about curbing this increase, they would regulate it, so that the only people selling pot would have a vested interest in only selling to adults (via regulation). In truth, federal marijuana policy isn't about curbing teenage drug use; it's about the continued vilification of all things related to hippie culture from a half-century ago. Hippies liked pot, ergo we must put people in prison who smoke it.

    At some point, the public will need to start making the argument that support for continued prohibition is tantamount to being "soft" of drug use. Because ultimately, prohibition means availability without rules.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. NH

    It was easy to get it in high school (gratuated 2008) its cheaper then alcohol, and honestly I would rather find out my kids are doing pot rather then drinking or smoking.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • feelfreetohate

      Too bad you can't spell graduated correctly. I guess you're not one of the intelligent ones.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:20 | Report abuse |
    • TECH

      you're one of those morons that misses the point in statements and looks to correct everyone's grammar. probably because u have a small penis and have no other way of feeling adequate in society. i leave this comment to you in spite of all those on all websites who shoot down peoples comments based on spelling. your a HERB.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:36 | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      FeelFreeTo Hate;
      You certainly do.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • Vax

      Being intelligent has nothing to do with how well you're life is. Don't you think you should know that?

      December 15, 2010 at 12:19 | Report abuse |
    • NH

      I was on break at work, and wrote the comment from my phone, I was not worried about things like that, I just wanted to add my perspective on this article, and my personal feelings about this study. You cannot judge my intelligence on one subject and use it to come up with a conclusion, that is just plain ignorant.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:39 | Report abuse |
  35. citizenUSA

    Hate to hear about the increase in ecstasy use. Reminds me of Angel Dust days. Totally useless. I never thought that getting high, (which I include booze), to the point that you cause trouble for yourself or others, or you can't remember even doing whatever, made sense. I want to be alive, active and enjoying the high.

    I believe that the findings are accurate in saying there is more curiosity with all the recent hub-bub about pot. I guess if my kid was going to do anything I'd want it to be only pot.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Evil

      you must not have done Ecstasy if you don't think you're "alive, active and enjoying the high" when on it. Pot should be treated like tobacco but then the Tobacco companies would have no costumers, why would anyone smoke a cigarette over a joint?

      December 15, 2010 at 11:22 | Report abuse |
  36. Loretta Nall

    This is good news actually. Cigarettes will kill you. Marijuana will not. And it isn't like it's crack, heroin or meth. Be glad the kids are making safer choices.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Reality Chews

      Safer choices???? And the dumbing down of america continues.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
    • Vax

      Safer? Most likely. I guess you would choose cigarettes and alcohol over this. Maybe some heroin as well?

      December 15, 2010 at 12:21 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Vax, use your head man, the safer choice is none of it. I have a low tolerance for stupidity, (not ignorance, ignorance is just a lack of knowledge, which is curable, there is no cure for stupidity) and you and Dude are testing my tolerance level.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:12 | Report abuse |
  37. Matthew

    It's also worth considering if the increased attention paid to marijuana in the news doesn't make kids feel they can be more honest on a survey (anonymous or not people lie for many reasons). Perhaps adding a question like "have you lied on this survey?" would be a good idea.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Loretta Nall

    And really this is the government's fault because of their stupid insistence on prohibition as opposed to regulation. They have made marijuana easier to get than alcohol or tobacco. Want fewer kids to smoke pot? Then legalize it YESTERDAY!

    December 15, 2010 at 11:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Placido

    First thing's first, everyone needs to stop referring to marijuana as a "drug" because it is not. It is a plant that can be found in the wild in many parts of the world. The plant contains naturally occurring chemicals that induce a euphoric sense of being when the smoke or vapors are inhaled. There are several other plants that grow in the wild that will produce similar effects, but they are not as common, marijuana just happens to be more mainstream. Until we stop treating this plant as a "drug" nothing is going to change. Even if it becomes legalized, which I believe it will during my lifetime, it will still carry a stigma because it is labeled as a "drug".

    December 15, 2010 at 11:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Matthew

      Look up the definition of drug and you will see that the ingesting of marijuana smoke or other is the taking of a drug. Though not necessarily any more harmful than sugar, coffee or tylenol which are also drugs.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:28 | Report abuse |
    • Bzas

      Well, it is a drug because it contains chemicals that alter the body's biochemistry, whether those chemicals are produced naturally or not. By your logic, neither heroin, cocaine nor opium would be considered drugs, as they are all derived from naturally grown plants as well (coca and poppy).

      I'm in favor of legalization as much as the next person, but pot is still a drug. It just needn't carry the current stigma. Aspirin is also a drug, but there's no social stigma attached to it.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:32 | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      You do know that both Heroin and Cocaine are also plant products, right?

      December 15, 2010 at 11:43 | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Cannabis IS a drug, 14 states declare that Cannabis is medicine,ergo it is a drug.
      As a MedMJ person I always get a laugh when some people call me a "drug" user,while they are loaded up on "legal" prescription drugs, go figure.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:10 | Report abuse |
  40. Matthew

    boooooooooooooooooo cigarettes !

    December 15, 2010 at 11:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Americanno

    Regardless of where an illegal drug is obtained someone has been brutalized in the production or trafficking of the drug. Not to mention the social problems drug use can cause. So the next time you get your fix, just think of all the people you will be hurting. Research like this is interesting in identifying a trend, but it doesn't tell us why the trend in happening. The question I would have liked answered is why these teens, or anyone for that matter, sees a need to get high. Is it how it makes them feel, an escape, an act of rebellion, peer pressure...?

    December 15, 2010 at 11:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • nepawoods

      "Regardless of where an illegal drug is obtained someone has been brutalized in the production or trafficking of the drug" ... Not quite true, as there are decent people growing it in their attics or basements and selling to friends and acquaintances. But to the extent there is some truth in that, it is exactly why it should be legalized. We have petty thugs becoming rich, powerful, dangerous drug lords over a WEED that anyone could grow in their back yard effortlessly were it not for prohibition.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:02 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      The fact that the law is being broken by these people growing illegal drugs in their attics or basements, sort of belies the fact of them being "decent" people.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:09 | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Humans have been "getting high" from the very beginning , it is a part of our nature to seek "the other" some even say that religion has it's roots in entheogens. This is not something to be feared regardless of what the government wants you to believe. If you choose to not use drugs ,fine, but do not make me a criminal because I do, thank you.
      Your comment points out the need to legalize Cannabis, not to continue the prohibition that spawns the violence .

      December 15, 2010 at 12:22 | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Reality Chews

      The fact that the law is being broken by these people growing illegal drugs in their attics or basements, sort of belies the fact of them being "decent" people.
      *************************
      WRONG, when laws are unjust decent people oppose them,it is our duty, if we do not we risk tyranny. Decent people do not support criminalizing their fellow citizens for preferring Cannabis over the " legal" toxic, government approved drugs.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:37 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Dude, another attempt to justify your actions. I'm suprised that you are still making up things or using things that don't relate to try to justify your actions, kind of like what my kid started doing at 16 or 17. Still doing this at your age???? Yep, smoking pot "made nothing happen" to you too.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:10 | Report abuse |
    • You Dont Know Everything

      @Reality Chews...slavery was once legal, and it was obviously illegal for said slaves to run away/escape. oh, and the underground railroad? Wasnt that illegal? Oh and screw rosa parks, she broke the law too. and the millions of people that get arrested for driving 40 in a 35. So each one of these people arent decent people, just cause they broke the law once or twice? Random fact: JFK smoked pot for medical reasons while he was in the white house. He definately didnt graduate with above a 4th grade reading level. i mean, president is kind of a below average job to you i guess, being as the last three presidents have also smoked pot. Did you know pot was legalized briefly during WWII to increase money flow and open a new job market? But it was re-illegalized by Reagan. Ever wonder why? Well apparently, a study performed in the 70s showed that "smoking even one joint, was equal in brain damage to standing on an island during a nuclear blast." But if you decide to do some research for once, you would find out that this is an extremely invalid experiment. The "scientists" hooked gas masks to monkeys and pumped straight marijuana smoke through them. Every monkey died within five minutes. Now you may be telling yourself, "proves my point, im such a cool dude for being on this little website, even though no one is on my side and i havent disproved a single argument yet"...but it doesnt take a genius that these monkeys DIED FROM LACK OF OXYGEN. im pretty sure that if you deprive brain cells of oxygen, they die. and then the animal dies. because of no oxygen. not from marijuana. is any of this ever gonna get through to you? go to google videos, search for The Union: BC Bud. Watch it before you post anything else on this story, and then come back here and try to argue if you still can.

      tldr: quit being so closed-minded, smoke a bowl, and try to understand our side of the argument before making assumptions and stereotypes.

      December 17, 2010 at 01:14 | Report abuse |
  42. Mood

    DO NOT DO DRUGS!!! Let's take Michael Phelps for example. He smokes pot and lets see what that has done to his life. 8 gold medals in one olympics. The most medals ever won by an individual in the olympics. His work out regime and physical fitness is all but 2nd to none. He has world wide sponsors that pay him millions to 'rep' their products as well as be their spokes person. KIDS, DO NOT DO DRUGS OR YOU MIGHT END UP THIS WAY!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 11:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Reality Chews

      Think of how much better he would be if he didn't do drugs?

      December 15, 2010 at 12:10 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas

      @ At warped Reality, you can just as easily say... or how much worse

      December 15, 2010 at 14:04 | Report abuse |
  43. ShoelessKYBoy

    My real opinion though... People who have never tried pot, or only smoked it once are the ones who make all the "im so stoned that I can't do anything but sit on the couch and see things that don't exist" references. TV doesn't help because it only shows the negative connotations associated with marijuana use. CNN is about the only source that provides both sides of the argument, without shunning its use.

    The logical argument is unnecessary because the facts are there. It would save money. We ask our US Citizens to cut back on excessive spending but don't fully expect the government to do the same. COME ON PEOPLE!

    Just think. Not about the laws of the past. But about NOW and about YOUR FUTURE. "But this is how its always been" is not acceptable anymore.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. YOUBRO

    WHAT WAS THIS STORY ABOUT AGAIN????

    December 15, 2010 at 11:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Eric

    Keep it illegal, for the children!!!
    ...............to get it easier

    December 15, 2010 at 11:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. wcb2009

    Good. We'll have less deaths due to cancer.

    I would rather my kids experiment with smoking weed before cigarettes and booze any day!

    December 15, 2010 at 11:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Reality Chews

      If you were educated about the consequences of cannibis use, you would not have that opinion. I would suggest you do research on the long term affects of cannibis usage in countries that have legalized it, i.e. amsterdam. The results of the research are not real publicized, but it is out there and can be found.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:14 | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Reality Chews;
      Methinks the pot doth call the kettle black.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:41 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Dude, methinks you need to do some research yourself. You are probably one of the stoners that thinks "nothing has happened to you too."

      December 15, 2010 at 12:51 | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      I'm almost 66 years old, been using Cannabis for most of those years,retired,ex-Navy,raised a family,even went to church for a while,lived a pretty good life. Have you even tried Cannabis?

      December 15, 2010 at 13:19 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Aaaah Dude, so that explains your lack or ability to only give insults rather than thoughtful/logical responses to posts, you have no brains left and "nothing has happened to me from smoking pot." It also says something about your character that you were smoking pot while active duty in the military, dealing with the countries secrets. I wish you had been caught, spent some time in jail, and been summarily discharged. Maybe it would have taught you a lesson. Did you ever stop to think there might be a reason the military has such severe penalties for smoking dope and drug use for active duty personnel. The use of drugs is one of the reasons some of our secrets were given to the russians and chinese.

      December 15, 2010 at 14:05 | Report abuse |
  47. mick

    ecstacy use is on a rise because of bands like the disco biscuits. kids are being brain washed

    December 15, 2010 at 11:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bzas

      It's true. If it weren't for those damned Disco Biscuits and their ilk, there'd be no incentive for teenagers to experiment with euphoria-inducing club drugs. Damn those hypnotic beats!

      December 15, 2010 at 11:37 | Report abuse |
    • TECH

      you are a moron. every genre and scene has elicit drug use.. listen to JAY_Z... "MDMA got u feelin lika champion"

      December 15, 2010 at 11:39 | Report abuse |
    • Bzas

      It must be. I take it satire is not something you're familiar with in your neck of the woods.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:43 | Report abuse |
    • TECH

      LoL. just too much coffee today

      December 15, 2010 at 12:08 | Report abuse |
  48. chuck

    Good I'm glad the percentages are up. Who cares. Put one in the air for me 12th graders. Maybe then they'll legalize it and get us out of this deficit.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Stoned Illinoisan

    I smoke pot every day to alleviate my clinical depression. I was a suicidal, reckless individual before I started dabbling in marijuana and other psychedelics. Although one can be psychologically dependent on weed, I feel that in my case it has helped immensely with overcoming personal issues in my life. I have become much more sociable, assertive, and analytical over things. Although I don't agree that children and adolescents should partake in this activity, I find that marijuana has made me into the person I am today. Hey, I'm not dead; what do you think that says?

    December 15, 2010 at 11:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • fronc

      You were a coward! Just kidding! I can relate. It did the same for me and I'm much happier and outgoing now. It's a wonderful life!

      December 15, 2010 at 11:48 | Report abuse |
    • Reality Chews

      Yes, and have either one moved out of your parents basement?

      December 15, 2010 at 12:15 | Report abuse |
    • Stoned Illinoisan

      Good comeback for a troll.

      December 15, 2010 at 13:17 | Report abuse |
    • fronc

      Yes, I have and I'm married with two wonderful children.

      December 15, 2010 at 15:05 | Report abuse |
  50. fronc

    Let's go Operation Johnny Appleseed and start planting it everywhere. Anytime you find a seed in your stash (crappier weed has tons of seeds), stick it in the ground somewhere and let nature take its course and no one can be claimed responsible cause no one would know who stuck it in the ground. It'd be great. You could walk down the street and be like "wow" that's a nice plant. And you could pick a little piece off and be on your way! I know!! Stupid idea!! Though I can dream!

    December 15, 2010 at 11:40 | Report abuse | Reply
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