by Moody Adams
More high school seniors this year used marijuana than smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to government data released Tuesday,” reports Rita Rubin in USA TODAY. “In addition, daily marijuana use increased significantly among eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders, with about one in 16 high school seniors using marijuana daily or near-daily, the annual 'Monitoring the Future Survey' found.”

The survey of 46,000 teenagers shows they see marijuana as less dangerous.

"I don't have any hesitation telling you that I think the legitimizing of marijuana and calling it medicine is absolutely the wrong message to give to young people," White House drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske said.

“Marijuana interferes with memory and learning, which is of particular concern in teens, whose brains aren't yet fully developed,” noted Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse Volkow said her institute plans to fund research into whether U.S. students' grades and test scores have fallen as marijuana use has increased.

"Long-term marijuana abuse can lead to addiction; that is, compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite its known harmful effects upon social functioning in the context of family, school, work, and recreational activities, reports "Long-term marijuana abusers trying to quit report irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and drug craving, all of which make it difficult to quit. These withdrawal symptoms begin within about 1 day following abstinence, peak at 2-3 days, and subside within 1 or 2 weeks following drug cessation.

"A number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and schizophrenia.

"One study found that an abuser's risk of heart attack more than quadruples in the first hour after smoking marijuana, probably because it increases both blood pressure and heart rate and reduces oxygen-carrying capacity of blood."

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Tragically, many teens are more concerned with 'instant gratification' than long term consequesnces.

Esau was hungry after a long day of hunting, and when he smelled his brother Jacob's stew he had to have it immediately. Jacob took advantage of him, offering him a bowl of stew for his birth right. So for immediately ending his hunger he sold his double portion of inheritance and all its other priviledges. It shows the danger of grabbing satisfaction today at the expense of a much greater loss tomorrow.

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