Legalize pot, but not for teens, many U.S. adults say - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Legalize pot, but not for teens, many U.S. adults say

Updated: July 16, 2013 03:02 PM
© iStockphoto.com / Ron Hilton © iStockphoto.com / Ron Hilton
  • HealthMore>>

  • People seek out health info when famous person dies

    People seek out health info when famous person dies

    WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The deaths of well-known people offer an opportunity to educate the general public about disease detection and prevention, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 1,400 American men and women after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 and learned that more than one-third of them sought information about his cause of death or information about cancer in general soon after his death was reported. About 7 percent of th...
    WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The deaths of well-known people offer an opportunity to educate the general public about disease detection and prevention, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 1,400 American men and women after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 and learned that more than one-third of them sought information about his cause of death or information about cancer in general soon after his death was reported. About 7 percent of th...
  • Mental illness not a driving force behind crime

    Mental illness not a driving force behind crime

    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows. "When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes, so they get stuck in people's heads," said study author Jillian Peterson, a psychology professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. "The vast majority of people with mental illness a...
    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows. "When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes, so they get stuck in people's heads," said study author Jillian Peterson, a psychology professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. "The vast majority of people with mental illness a...
  • How getting fit can get you promoted

    How getting fit can get you promoted

    If you still need to be convinced to exercise, read this.
    If you still need to be convinced to exercise, read this.

TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Most American adults who support marijuana legalization oppose legal marijuana use among children and teens, according to a new survey.

While 40 percent of adults are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, a majority of them believe it should only be legal for adults over age 21, according to the survey results released Tuesday by the Partnership at Drugfree.org.

"The reality is that marijuana is now legalized for recreational use in the states of Colorado and Washington and it's clear that society's views on marijuana are evolving dramatically," Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership at Drugfree.org, said in a news release from the group.

Support among adults for medical use, decriminalization and legalization of marijuana was 70 percent, 50 percent and 40 percent, respectively, and only slightly lower among parents.

Support for each of these actions increased between 3 percent and 11 percent when the participants were given specific definitions for medicalization, decriminalization and legalization of marijuana, the investigators noted.

The online survey of about 1,600 adults was conducted in early March. Of the survey participants, 1,200 were parents of children aged 10 to 19. Of these parents, 200 live in Colorado and 200 live in Washington State, where marijuana was legalized last November.

Among the other findings:

About half of all parents in the survey said they had used marijuana. The number is somewhat higher (62 percent) for parents living in Colorado.

Increasing tolerance does not mean support for an easy-going attitude toward marijuana, even in Colorado and Washington. Ninety percent of parents in those states believe that "marijuana should be sold only through licensed growers/sellers and not in places like convenience stores, grocery stores or newsstands."

Similar percentages of parents agree that marijuana use should be prohibited in public places where tobacco smoking is now banned: 92 percent of Colorado parents and 96 percent of Washington State parents.

A majority of parents in the survey believe it should be illegal to provide marijuana to underage children at home (90 percent of Colorado parents and 91 percent of Washington State parents agree).

More than 80 percent of parents (87 percent of Colorado parents) believe "marijuana advertising should still be banned."

"This new research provides richer insight into what today's parents believe about marijuana, their thoughts on legalization and the risks it may pose to adolescents," Pasierb said.

"The data bring to life the fact that parents -- including the large number who favor legalization -- have serious expectations that legal marijuana will be regulated and restricted to protect kids and teens," he said. "Those expectations far exceed how legal marijuana is being implemented. So the fact remains, whether marijuana is legal or not, much more needs to be done to protect the health of our children."

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more about marijuana.

Health News Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.