Heavy pot use soaring among young people

National Survey on Drug Use and Health finds overall monthly marijuana use up over 10% since last year, to 8.4% among Americans 12+. Fallout from billionaire-funded legalisation disinformation. Click headline for details.

 

(WASHINGTON DC) The Department of Health and Human Services found that heavy marijuana use among monthly users – defined as 20 or more days of marijuana use per month – significantly increased among 12-to-17 year-olds in 2014 compared to 2013. Overall past month marijuana use among those 12 and older also jumped significantly.

“We should not be surprised that heavy marijuana use is on its way up,” remarked SAM President Kevin Sabet. “The marijuana industry is telling kids — indeed all Americans — that their product is safe and healthy. Now more than ever, we need a major public awareness effort launched in this country to counter the misinformation of Big Marijuana.”

The survey also found that the number of young people (aged 12-13 and 16-17) perceiving great harm in smoking marijuana at least once a week also fell significantly. Currently, only a quarter of 16 and 17 year olds find smoking marijuana at least once a week to be harmful.

“Brains are under construction until our mid-20s,” remarked Dr. Stu Gitlow, SAM’s Vice Chair and a former President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. “We should be alarmed at these statistics – they serve as a wake-up call for all of us.”

 

Smart Approaches to Marijuana has four main goals:

* To inform public policy with the science of today’s marijuana.

* To reduce the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest.

* To prevent the establishment of “Big Marijuana” – and a 21st-Century tobacco industry that would market marijuana to children.

* To promote research of marijuana’s medical properties and produce, non-smoked, non-psychoactive pharmacy-attainable medications.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in 30 states.