More teens are “toking up” these days, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. The Partnership characterizes the behavior as “unhealthy,” but just as unhealthy is what happens to a young person caught in the criminal justice system, facing a drug possession charge for marijuana or prescription drugs.
“Parents are talking about cocaine and heroin, things that scare them,” says the man who heads up the Partnership, which has just released a study indicating a trend in use of marijuana among teens. “Parents are not talking about prescription drugs and marijuana. They can’t wink and nod. They need to be stressing the message that this behavior is unhealthy.”
In a story written by the Associated Press and published online by the Washington Post, roughly 1.5 million teens are “toking up” 20 or more times per month these days. And across the board, the Partnership is reporting hefty percentage increases in marijuana usage, from casual to habitual.
Some people view experimentation with some types of drugs as a “right of passage” for teens. Others are strictly against it. Still, across the nation, you’re finding an increasing push toward legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, and those who support full legalization for all purposes often argue that marijuana is no worse – and perhaps even better – than drinking alcohol.
Yet young people facing drug charges will have trouble finding a job with a criminal record, for starters. That’s not a good way to start out, which is why teens deserve a strong defense.
Source: Survey finds long decline in teen pot use has reversed