With the legalization of marijuana now in twenty states across this country, (some just for medical use and two, Colorado and Washington for recreational), we can anticipate others joining the ranks in the near future. The floodgates are opening and it looks like there is a growing trend toward legalization in all 50 states.
Support for legalization is not just coming from the Democrat and Libertarian side of the aisle. It is being supported by some Republicans and Conservatives as well. The National Review of all places applauded Colorado for being bold in legalizing marijuana for recreational use and not just for medical purposes. It actually praised the state for understanding that most people just smoke marijuana to get high.
In a report released on Wednesday, The Partnership @drugfree.org finds that more teens are smoking dope, with nearly 1 in 10 lighting up at least 20 or more times a month. Prescription drug use among the same group has fallen slightly since 2010, but it is still a concern and remains high. The harder drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines have stabilized but the upward trend is in marijuana use. In 2008 it was 19% among teens and now it has escalated to 27% as of 2013. About 1.5 million teens are toking up at least 20 times a month. One in 10 teens also use prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin the report states.
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