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WASHINGTON — Teens are heeding the message to stay away from cocaine and cigarettes. But that’s not the case when it comes to marijuana.

An annual survey by the National Institute on Drug Use found the 60 percent of high school seniors don’t think regular pot use is harmful to their health.

More than a third of those surveyed admitted to smoking pot within the past 12 months.

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Nearly 7 percent say they smoke marijuana daily. That’s nearly triple from what it was 20 years ago.

“This is not just an issue of increased daily use,” said NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D. “It is important to remember that over the past two decades, levels of THC – the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – have gone up a great deal, from 3.75 percent in 1995 to an average of 15 percent in today’s marijuana cigarettes. Daily use today can have stronger effects on a developing teen brain than it did 10 or 20 years ago.”

“These increases in marijuana use over the past few years are a serious setback in our nation’s efforts to raise a healthy generation of young people,” said Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy.

Researchers say going forward they’ll explore the link between teen drug use and states that allow medical marijuana.

Some teens report getting their hands on pot from someone else’s prescription.

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18 comments

  • pot smoker

    smoke pot!!!…screw heroin, coke & whatever other drugs that are available..not ONE scrap of evidence that it does any harm at all…….Dr Volkow is a propogandist because there have been numerous studies done over the years…get a real job doc & stop taking republican money to "skew" research

  • tonyWill

    When the National Institute on Drug Use says " going forward they’ll explore the link between teen drug use and states that allow medical marijuana" what they really mean is "we're going to do a study that makes states that allow medical marijuana" which the National Institute on Drug Use opposes, " look bad. We haven't started yet but that's going to be our results".

  • Richard P

    Teens are also turning away from alcohol and that is showing up in less DUI accidents and deaths in weed tolerant states. Check the stats. That is a FACT. Google it

  • Steven

    First off this study is bull,

    1. We didn't have 0.000001% of the capacity to collect data 20 years ago, that we do today.
    2. Marijuana is far more accepted today, and in some cases actually legal than it was 20 years ago,
    so I imagine for more teens are going to admit to using it.

    And I highly doubt they surveyed every teen in the country.

  • Larry

    I live in Washington state, and a week doesn't go by that the news media isnt reporting something negative about pot. We the people spoke, we voted to legalize it, now shutup and take your loss.

  • ProtectTheChildren

    Yes, let's continue to protect our youth. Coddle, coddle, coddle! We need to make sure none of the young people have any fun! Let's keep them so tightly wound up, that they steal their parents firearms and take it to school.

  • Dennis Madden

    More teens smoking pot????

    Why would anyone think they wouldn't. More shootings every week. Lawlessness at a all time high. Unemployment at a all time high. Food stamps and welfare at a all time high. What else is there to do except in your crib and smoke MJ.

  • Old hippy

    Smoking ANYTHING is harmful to you. Of course, that only happens to others. I don't choose to smoke it until I'm dying and need relief from pain. Others may choose differently, but please, don't be bullheaded as to think it is not harmful. Light em if ya gottem! Boneheads.

  • tericrosschetwood

    The difference between pot and cocaine and cigarettes, is that the kids' own parents don't see it as harmful. They see mommy and daddy toke up, so they're going to do the same.

    I'll get a lot of comments telling me there's no evidence that pot is harmful. That data's out there, you just choose not to listen. ANYTHING you suck into your lungs is harmful to you body, except good, clean air.

    Less harmful than cigarettes and alcohol? Yeah, probably. So are nasal sprays. doesn't mean I want to use them.

    As a kid, I did them all: weed, alcohol, cigarettes, coke, you name it. I'm still hooked on the damn cigarettes, but the rest are gone from my life.

    Whether you smoke pot or not really doesn't affect me, but don't get all bent out of shape when your kid smokes pot if he's seeing you do it.

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