Originally published May 16, 2013 at 11:30 a.m., updated May 16, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.
Dr. Carmen Pulido, Asst. Professor at the Psychiatry Dept, UC San Diego, also VA Medical Center
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.
San Diego Data: Youth Marijuana Use
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.
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.