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Fewer US teens see harm in marijuana use: survey

WASHINGTON -- Fewer American teenagers consider marijuana to be dangerous, an influential survey said Wednesday, a fresh sign of growing public acceptance of a substance that U.S. federal law considers on a par with ecstasy.

Some 39.5 percent of high-school seniors view marijuana as harmful — down from 44.1 percent just a year ago — the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) said in its Monitoring the Future survey for 2013.

“That's 60 percent who think marijuana is not harmful!” exclaimed NIDA, a federal agency, on its blog for teenagers. Moreover, nearly 23 percent of school seniors, typically 18-year-olds, said they had smoked marijuana in the month prior to taking part in the survey — and 36 percent said they had done so in the preceding year.

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