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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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  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    still seems like yesterday i tried this and vowed to make it legal everywhere…only took one year to get my friends and family in cali, my high school senior project was legalizing weed in my first vote ever…come a long way


    • Andy Voter

      You r responsible? sounds like u r taking credit for prop 215?

  • whatthehell

    Read the artical people!!!. 60% believe that real marijuana is less harmful than k2. You twist the words around to make it seem. 60% of all 12th graders now use marijuana, and try to make it seem like the medical marijuana industry is the cause. K2 & other synthetics are way more harmful. I’m surprised Phillip morris has not packaged it and don’tsell it over the counter, with aadvertising it twords teens, k2 & other synthetics and STILL safer that cigerrets. But let’s not go there right. Marijuana is the problem! Right!

    • kevin_hunt

      ” But many may be surprised to learn that some of the most commonly used formulas for “synthetic marijuana” were created by an American professor conducting research for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (drugabuse dot gov).

      Former Clemson University chemistry professor Dr. John W. Huffman is the namesake of JWH-018, JWH-073 and JWH-200, three of the synthetic cannabinoids banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2011.

      “The National Institute of Drug Abuse wanted to research marijuana,” said Dr. Victor Tuckler, the emergency room toxicologist at Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans. “They were looking at different receptors of the brain to see if they could come up with a way that people wouldn’t get addicted to this stuff.”

      “Who knows how this got out,” Tuckler said. “Pretty soon, it’s on the Internet and people are making it over in China.”

  • Andy Voter

    And how do they get booze? Prescription drugs? A BS story.

  • A Freedom Fighter

    If You want to keep kids safe, keep them away from booze, tobacco and prescription drugs. Figures from CDC dot gov show that no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose in all recorded medical history, while tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs kill over 350,000 per year in the US. END THE LIES and LEGALIZE.

  • A Freedom Fighter

    US CDC Figures directly from the CDC dot gov web site on numbers of deaths per year in the USA :
    Prescription Drugs: 237,485
    Tobacco: 81,323
    Alcohol: 39,199
    Marijuana 0, none, not a single death in all medical history
    Sited direct from CDC dot gov. Stop the lies and Legalize!

  • Joe Sixpac

    Now stand back and complete the observation…. if medical Cannabis Rx’s are being used illegally, that probably means legal patients are buying it from a registered legal operation and not putting money into the pockets of cartels. My read is that the kids are smoking it regardless and now they have a source that at least does not perpetuate cartels and that, I think is a good thing.

  • alanmonrovia

    “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.”
    And that compares to 100% who obtain it through drug dealers in states with no medical marijuana laws. So, obtain it they will, and it is preferable that the state regulate the sale, and heighten educational efforts to reduce underage use.

  • kevin_hunt

    Prohibitonists are not happy unless everyone is obtaining marijuana from the Mexican Cartels; who also oppose legalization.

    A study finds there is no evidence that legalization of medical marijuana increases teen drug use. “There is anecdotal evidence that medical marijuana is finding its way into the hands of teenagers, but there’s no statistical evidence that legalization increases the probability of use,” Daniel I. Rees, a professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver, said in a written statement.

    Source: “Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use” Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

  • Mike

    I apologize in advance. I am NOT one that would you normally remark on anything out here on NPR.

    I heard some remorse today did I felt compelled to say something about.

    This whole debate over legalizing marijuana which I predict what happened in 1974, only serves to prove how wrong I was.

    What I don’t get is this the debate seems to be over the money in marijuana. Over the past several weeks I have listened too many
    professionals profess their knowledge on fhis ssue.
    I have always advocated say no to drugs.

    Most likely in excess of 50 percent of the population has smoked marijuana or experimented with it.

    In my youth I smoke enough marijuana to fill up a gymnasium. There is all this talk today about the addiction to marijuana. Any drug can be psychologically addictive. Marijuana in my opinion is not one of those drugs.

    From all of the mumbo jumbo that I have heard it occurs to me either or people trying to make money out of making it a problem.

    Now there is talk of subjecting students to random drug test and if they fail therapy to help them get over there marijuana addiction.

    This is not like the old movies reefer madness can’t we jump over and get to a new day?

    To my knowledge no one has ever died from smoking marijuana.
    Don’t we have bigger issues to worry about?

    1 should be more worried about narcotics in my opinion. I have had a successful career for over 40 years and do not feel any side affects from having smoke marijuana

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