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Marijuana use climbed in 2017: Study

September 14, 2018

A lot of people got baked in 2017.

That’s according to a new study from Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) that found that twice as many people are smoking pot on a daily basis than a decade ago.

“The marijuana industry is getting their wish,” SAM President Kevin A. Sabet said in a press release. “More people are using highly potent pot edibles and other items much more often, and the perception of harm for these products is plummeting. It is time we woke up as a country and put science above ideology.”

The study found that the level of marijuana use people between ages 12 to 17 was similar to the previous two years, while the level of marijuana use for people 18 and older reached a 15-year high.

The group said there are more than 8,000 new marijuana users each day and that 22 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 25 are using marijuana.

Mr. Sabet said the public should be alarmed.

“We should put the brakes on marijuana legalization and start a national science-based marijuana awareness campaign similar to successful anti-tobacco campaigns,” he said.

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