Fewer US teens see harm in marijuana use: survey
December 20, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
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.