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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Study: Teens Obtaining Medical Marijuana

The manager of Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary fills a marijuana prescription in 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The manager of Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary fills a marijuana prescription in 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A new federal survey measuring drug use and attitudes among U.S. high school students finds that “34 percent of marijuana-using 12th-graders living in states with medical marijuana laws say that one of the ways they obtain the drug is through someone else’s medical marijuana prescription.”

The survey also reveals that marijuana use is on the rise nationwide, and increasing numbers of students — 60 percent of 12th graders — do not view regular use of the drug as harmful.

Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the study.

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