Anorak | Legalise cannabis now: it’s lost its stigma

Legalise cannabis now: it’s lost its stigma

by | 29th, December 2012

SO. What do you American kids think about cannabis?

As states increasingly adopt laws allowing medical marijuana, fewer teens see occasional marijuana use as harmful, the largest national survey of youth drug use has found. Nearly 80% of high school seniors don’t consider occasional marijuana use harmful — the highest rate since 1983 — and one in 15 smoke nearly every day, according to the annual survey of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders made public Wednesday.

More than one in five high school seniors said they smoked marijuana in the month before the survey, and 36% smoked marijuana during the previous year, according to Monitoring the Future survey of 45,449 students from 395 public and private schools. After four straight years of increasing marijuana use among teens, annual use among 10th and 12th graders stabilized and use by eighth graders declined slightly since 2010.

Cannabis is not benign. There are dangers in taking it. But it’s prescribed as a medicine. The drug has lost its stigma. It’s acceptable to smoke it. So. It must be fine to smoke it every day. Right?

All this pussyfooting around sends out a mixed message. Marijuana should be legalised in

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