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Popularity Of Marijuana Increasing New Research Shows

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health was released this week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and while methamphetamine abuse is dropping, the popularity of marijuana is steadily increasing. According to the survey of 67,500 randomly-selected people over 12 years old, nearly one in 10 Americans report regularly using drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription drugs. Marijuana’s popularity is increasing with 6.9 percent of the survey respondents saying they used marijuana regularly. Among 12 to 17-year-olds, 7.4 percent admitted they used marijuana in the past month. The increase in marijuana use is attributed to the increase in the number of states that have approved the drug for medical purposes. In May, Delaware became the 16th state to approve medical marijuana. “People keep calling it medicine, and that’s the wrong message for young people to hear,” said Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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