If you’re a baby boomer, don’t lull yourself into thinking that marijuana is a fading fad that represents a modest threat to today’s youth, says the Louisville Courier-Journal. Nearly half of today’s teenagers try marijuana before graduating from high school, and by their senior year more than 20 percent are regular users, Science Daily reported in May. More teens use marijuana than all other illegal drugs combined, and they are at greater risk than teens who smoked pot in earlier decades.
A recent federal report said marijuana sold in the U.S. is at least twice as potent as it was in 1983 and has reached the highest level of potency since scientific analysis of street samples began in the late 1970s. Dr. Larry Greenhill, president-elect of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, said, “The benign quality of marijuana, which has been an assumption since the ’60s, is now seriously questioned by researchers, scientists, and doctors.”