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Clearing The Air About Marijuana Use Among San Diego Teens

Evening Edition

Aired 5/16/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

Dr. Carmen Pulido, Asst. Professor at the Psychiatry Dept, UC San Diego, also VA Medical Center

Transcript

Most of the discussion recently about marijuana use in San Diego has revolved around how to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. Now, local community groups want to change the conversation and talk about the non-medical use of marijuana and its potential dangers to young people. A forum is set for this evening, to talk about the rising use of marijuana among San Diego students and how chronic use can hurt kids.

Marijuana use among teenagers is at its highest in 30 years. In fact, kids smoke pot more than any other illegal drug. Many don't think it's dangerous. But local health officials are alarmed about the harmful effects of chronic marijuana use on learning.

Document

San Diego Data: Youth Marijuana Use

San Diego Data: Youth Marijuana Use

SD County Marijuana Prevention Initiative

According to the San Diego County Marijuana Initiative, kids smoke pot more than any other illegal drug. Approximately 26 percent of ninth graders and 39 percent of eleventh graders in San Diego County reported they had used or tried marijuana sometime in their life.

Public Form

Impacts of Chronic Marijuana Use

Thursday, May 16th from 6PM to 8PM

Cherokee Point Elementary School Auditorium

3735 38th St.

San Diego, CA 92105

The survey also found one in five high school juniors reported using marijuana sometime in the past 30 days and high school students in San Diego County perceive occasional marijuana smoking as less harmful than occasional cigarette smoking.

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Anon11 | May 18, 2013 at 11:21 a.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Good thing no one is advocating for teen use.

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