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Opinion

December 19, 2013

More teens smoking pot

NORMAN — There is good news and bad news coming from a recent survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes, but more of them are smoking marijuana and don’t believe regular use is harmful.

The study found that 60 percent of 12th-graders do not view regular marijuana use as harmful. More than 12 percent of eighth-graders surveyed said they had used the drug in the past year.

The administration’s drug czar blamed legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Twenty-three percent of the high school students surveyed had smoked marijuana in the past month compared with 16 percent who smoked cigarettes.

The survey also found that fewer students were using alcohol and synthetic marijuana. Misuse of prescription stimulants also was cited as a cause for concern.

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