National Drug Survey Shows Big Drop in Meth Use
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National Drug Survey Shows Big Drop in Meth Use
Posted by CN Staff on September 09, 2011 at 08:18:24 PT
By Donna Leinwand Leger, USA Today
Source: USA Today 
Washington, D.C. -- Nearly one in 10 Americans report regularly using illegal drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription drugs used recreationally, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health made public today. The survey, sponsored by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), collects the data from interviews with 67,500 randomly selected people 12 years or older.
Marijuana, with 17.4 million regular users, is by far the most commonly used drug. Its popularity is growing: 6.9% of the population reported using marijuana regularly, up from 5.8% in 2007. Among 12- to 17-year-olds, 7.4% reported having used marijuana in the past month, about the same as last year.Drug use among young adults 18 to 25 has inched up steadily from 19.6% in 2008 to 21.5% in 2010. Marijuana use in that group rose from 16.5% in 2008 to 18.5% in 2010.Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, attributed the uptick in marijuana use to the increase in the number of states that have approved it for medical use. Delaware in May became the 16th state to approve medical marijuana."People keep calling it medicine, and that's the wrong message for young people to hear," Kerlikowske said.Marijuana use rates rise and fall in states that allow medical marijuana in the same fashion as they do in other states, said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates decriminalizing marijuana."In the field of medicine, whether or not a youth might abuse something doesn't determine whether or not an adult should have access to a medication and whether a doctor should prescribe it," Piper said.Rebecca McGoldrick, 21, a Brown University senior smokes marijuana to get relief from pain and nausea caused by fibromyalgia. "Most of my friends are still unaware of its legal status as a medicine," said McGoldrick, who is involved with Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, which advocates decriminalization of drug use. Snipped   Complete Article: USA Today (US) Author: Donna Leinwand Leger, USA TodayPublished: September 8, 2011Copyright: 2011 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #16 posted by ekim on September 16, 2011 at 08:01:21 PT
Nader made compairison
that the US Gov't gives all the money for nuclear power plants 
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Comment #15 posted by ekim on September 15, 2011 at 17:08:09 PT
now on the Judge at dir tv ch 359
will be interviewing Nader and Kucinch on the solar panel
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Comment #14 posted by RevRayGreen on September 13, 2011 at 21:17:57 PT
a little poem I've been known to circulate/recite is deathpot is notthe law is wrongnot the bongcrack is wackso is smackbooze or a pilldaily killcoke is a jokesmart people tokeJust Say NopeTo FDA DopeSay YesTo CannabisLive LongVaporize or BongChoose BoozeYou Lose
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Comment #13 posted by HempWorld on September 12, 2011 at 18:34:12 PT
Wrong ...
the US gov't is more corrupt than Canada's or China's when it comes to hemp. That is the best explanation I have found so far.
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Comment #12 posted by The GCW on September 12, 2011 at 17:45:39 PT
??? why is Canada allowed to grow hemp and our farmers are not.???BETTER  ????Why are communist Chinese farmers allowed to grow the superplant and free American farmers are not?????UN-American! Somethin's wrong! The people that support hemp prohibition are the bad people. Our whole country is getting screwed because of it.Very very wrong.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on September 12, 2011 at 11:28:37 PT
We recorded it when you posted it before. We started watching it too close to bedtime last night but what I saw it was very good. We will watch the rest of it soon. Thank you for the heads up.
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Comment #10 posted by ekim on September 12, 2011 at 10:19:47 PT
today on dir tv ch 375 Gashole 4pm
show tells of TX man who got over 100 miles per gallon of gas.where are the inventers. why is Canada allowed to grow hemp and our farmers are not.the 18th Annual HIA Convention will be held in San Francisco, CA on Sunday and Monday, November 13 - 14, 2011 at the Holiday Inn - Civic Center"According to data released by the Canadian government earlier this year hemp production in Canada almost doubled in 2010 with total acreage growing to 26,815 acres", says Eric Steenstra, HIA Executive Director. "The HIA estimates the total retail value of hemp products in the U.S. at around $419 million, when including clothing, auto parts, building materials and other non-food or body care products. This number combined with the increased acreage in Canadian hemp fields further validates U.S. farmers' concern that they are being shut out of the lucrative hemp market that Canadian farmers have cashed in on for over a decade now."
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Comment #9 posted by runruff on September 11, 2011 at 18:53:05 PT
You know what they say:
"There is always a calm before the storm!"
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Comment #8 posted by josephlacerenza on September 11, 2011 at 10:15:16 PT
O.T. this September 11th 2011
I hope all are well this 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001. I remember it vividly. I hope to never remember a collective moment like that ever again. One is enough for me.I will say first, ANY drop in meth use is a good sign! It is a DRUG that was used to fuel a war machine, enough said. On the other hand, cannabinoids are MEDICINE! Healing, clothing, feeding, this is what cannabis is for!O.T.I am having a sale on Grow Buddy potency analysis test kit. The kit allows someone consuming or growing cannabis to discover what cannabinoids are in their marijuana. You can tell if it has CBD and in what relative levels! We all know CBD is NON-psychoactive and extremely therapeutic! Re-Discover the science behind cannabis with Montana Biotech! 
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Comment #7 posted by rustyfugger on September 11, 2011 at 09:51:52 PT:
Total Failure
There no way to end this war on drugs. Why not focus on the s**t that is legal and kills more people than all drugs combined. They continue to let people smoke tobacco and consume alcohol, which accounts for about 500,000 deaths a year (just in the USA). Now unless they see this as population control, I can't see the plus side to this.
That doesn't even account for the deaths due to prescription drug abuse. Wake up America and FREE THE WEED!
It just doesn't make sence that the government would continue to pour good money after bad, in a financially struggling economy. Think outside the box. The industry that would be created w/ leagalization of hemp alone would put millions of americans back to work. I just don't get it.
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Comment #6 posted by CropReport on September 11, 2011 at 07:11:38 PT
My Conservative Math Says
there are between 235,000 and 245,000 jobs in a legal US cannabis industry. Why this administration is afraid to embrace that fact I don't know.Maybe the reality of having to reapply for employment next November will open their eyes. If not, there are plenty of *other* applicants to choose from :OIn the meantime, here's some Charlotte Bruyn ~ love this girl :)
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Comment #5 posted by rchandar on September 11, 2011 at 00:50:44 PT:
Get Real, Gil
People are out of work. Your system doesn't want us to be productive. Do us all a favor and save us your moral tripe.We had faith in your Administration. You kicked us out of our jobs and instructed us to never work again. Your stance is lame, families are going to be hurt-by you.
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Comment #4 posted by rustyfugger on September 10, 2011 at 13:03:16 PT:
Office of National Drug Control Policy LIES
They have been lying about MJ for 30 years. At least people these days are more educated on the issue and can read between the lines. They can also tell when they are being fed a line of BS. You know, just like Obama, everytime he opens his mouth.
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on September 09, 2011 at 10:09:42 PT
Office of National Drug Control Policy LIES again!
"People keep calling it medicine, and that's the wrong message for young people to hear," Kerlikowske said.It's not a "message for young people," Gil. It is a very ancient, effective and wide-spread medicine. We know your office requires you to lie about cannabis, but we are no longer buying your half-baked, baldfaced lies!!!
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on September 09, 2011 at 08:54:19 PT
Inspired to spout!
Until recently it was thought that tomatoes were poison because they belong to the Deadly Nightshade Family. Today we still have naysayers revealing how uninformed and deeply shallow they are. Many substances are harmful to the human body. Alcohol, tobacco, refined sugar, processed foods, soda pop, FDA approved drugs, just to name a few, but cannabis is in harmony with the human body in every way. It is the most useful plant on the planet and that is why it is illegal. Industries cannot compete. 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on September 09, 2011 at 08:20:24 PT
About The Article
Marijuana is popular because it helps sick people to feel better and it also relaxes people who are stressed no matter if they are healthy or sick.
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