For the first time, high-school seniors say marijuana isn't harmful

  • Article by: Jane Roberts , Scripps Howard
  • Updated: December 26, 2013 - 9:38 PM

The finding is a first in a drug survey’s 40-year history.

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ruphinaDec. 27, 13 7:34 AM

Future members of the bottom quintile. Pass the Doritos, dude!. Bill G.

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jdlellis1Dec. 27, 13 8:36 AM

The issue with marijuana, as with other drugs, should be taken out of the concept of "health" and focus on the "economics" of the "global" drug market. Assume, for the sake of discussion, that using drugs is not good for any individual. The tragedy with today's federal and state legislation results in far too many "innocents" being caught in the middle. This includes robberies of self or property and at times, killings. Thus, it would be "wise" to enact legislation to protect innocents by removing the incentives ($) of the drug trade. Further, while this may sound cruel, for those who chose to do drugs, let them fend for themselves as they made the choice and it is not societies obligation to constantly hold up those who make poor decisions. Otherwise, behavior never changes. In summary this decades long "War On Drugs" has been an abisimal failure costing billions of dollars and disrupting the lives of far too many innocents. Drug traffickers have boats, planes and submarines and dig tunnels in excess of twenty miles to traffic drugs. In summary, if we keep doing, what we are doing, we will keep getting what we are getting. How successful has that been?

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owatonnabillDec. 27, 1311:26 AM

"For the first time, high-school seniors say marijuana isn't harmful" ............. Heh. Sorta like polling the foxes on the security of the henhouse.

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shushyn78Dec. 27, 1311:42 AM

It defies logic that you would inhale a smoke from burning material of any sort and claim there is no inherent physiological damage, however minute. If you can blame second-hand cigarette smoke for deaths with a straight face but proclaim there are no hazards with marijuana, good luck with that.

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Izzy96Dec. 27, 1311:56 AM

And in a follow up study, the majority of high school students say they don't remember participating in the first study.

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ssptechdudeDec. 27, 1310:02 PM

This study tells us more about the seniors than it does about the marijuana.

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muckandgrindDec. 27, 1311:27 PM

The most harmful aspect of marijuana are the legal consequences of getting caught with it.

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comment229Dec. 28, 13 5:18 AM

I was a teenager decades ago, and now you are telling me what we knew back then? And talk about hypocrites! Getting high on weed is a no-no, but you can go out and get stinking drunk on alcohol, and that is OK? Legalize it in all 50 states, and watch the bottom fall out of the market and drug trade for that drug.

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foneboothDec. 28, 13 7:34 AM

Not being a physician or scientist of any kind, I cannot speak to the health consequences of weed. However, I was a teen once, I raised 2, and I worked with many. It's fine to report their opinions, but putting stock in them goes down a very rocky road.

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la0tsuDec. 28, 13 9:16 AM

What a horribly biased article. No quotes from any legalization or harm reduction advocates. Only people whose livelihood depends on prohibition. The thing is, compared with legal drugs, like alcohol and tobacco, and prescription drugs, like OxyContin and Adderall, cannabis truly is much less harmful. As has been stated many times, the most harmful aspect of cannabis are the legal consequences.

What this study shows us that teens are getting more sophisticated when it comes to interpreting propaganda. It's clearly not just those who use it saying it isn't harmful, either. 60% say so, but only 6.5% use it. That means that almost 90% of that group are basing their opinions on observation of others who do use. The sky is not falling. Kids just are realizing that the emperor has no clothes.

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