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Kids in America Smoking More Pot than Tobacco

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Well it seems that all the Prop 19 hoopla, Showtime’s Weeds, HBO’s Bored to Death, High Times, and the assortment of other pot-friendly media making the rounds may finally be affecting the kids in America.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse released a survey Tuesday showing that this year 21.4% of high school seniors reported using marijuana in the last 30 days, compared to 19.2% who reported smoking cigarettes.

That’s the first time since 1981 that pot surpassed cigarettes.

None too happy with the findings, unsurprisingly, is Gil Kerlikowske, the Obama administration’s drug czar, who blamed California’s medical marijuana laws and Prop 19 on making pot seem safer than it actually is.

Also showing a smidgen of consternation was Dr. Nora Volkow, director of NIDA.

The LA Times reports:

“Volkow called the rise in daily use of marijuana particularly troubling, given that more frequent use, and by teens whose brains are still developing, has been shown to be more damaging to learning and memory than less frequent use. Daily users are also at far higher risk of developing dependency on marijuana and other drugs, she said. She said "one can only speculate at this point" about the cause of pot's reversal, which began roughly three years ago after a decade of declining use.”

No word yet on what the front office of Altria thinks, but given that their stocks up 25% in the past year, what do they care if your kid’s as high as a Georgia Pine?
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TAGS:  POT, TOBACCO    SOURCE:   Las Vegas Review-Journal