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U.S. Marijuana Use Grows, While Other Drug Use Falls

U.S. Marijuana Use Grows, While Other Drug Use Falls

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 09/21/2011 in Medical Marijuana News

A national survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health  Services Administration (SAMHSA) found some interesting stats on drug use in America: as marijuana use grows, the use of other illicit drugs is dropping.

The study found that from 2007 to 2010 the proportion of people aged 12 years or more using marijuana rose from 5.8% to 6.9%. And the overall number of users of marijuana rose from 14.4 million in 2007 to 17.4 million in 2010. Meanwhile, the study found a huge drop in other illicit drug use including:

  • The number of methamphetamine users dropped by half from 2006 (353,000) to 2010 (731,000)
  • Cocaine usage fell from 2.4 million users in 2006 to 1.5 million in 2010
  • Drinking (alcohol) rates among 12-17 year olds fell from 14.7% in 2009 to 13.6% in 2010

However, overall illicit drug use rose between 2008 and 2010—which the authors of the study explained is due to the rise in marijuana use. This is understandable considering that many marijuana states have sprouted across the nation, giving patients safe and legal access to their meds. While we think this is great, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the National Drug Control Policy, views this as a negative thing, saying:

“Emerging research reveals potential links between state laws permitting access to smoked medical marijuana and higher rates of marijuana use. In light of what we know regarding the serious harm of illegal drug use, I urge every family – but particularly those in states targeted by pro-drug political campaigns – to redouble their efforts to shield young people from serious harm by educating them about the real health and safety consequences caused by illegal drug use.”

Sorry Gil, but we beg to differ. Wouldn’t you want a rise in use in a drug that is proven to fight cancer, alleviate chronic pain, improve IBS and help with countless other medical conditions—all without the dangerous side effects of many pharmaceuticals and without being addictive?? (Not to mention cannabis is effective for people battling addiction). We sure would.

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