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Marijuana

There were many who felt that the use of marijuana, the drug of choice for the Baby Boomer Generation, was no longer the danger it once had been. From its peak in 1979, when studies found that more than 60 percent of 12th graders had tried marijuana at least once in their lives, the percentage of 12th graders who had ever used the drug dropped to 33 percent in 1992.

Still, there are a number of reasons to be concerned. Marijuana continues to be a drug of entry for many Americans. Reports indicate that the marijuana available today can be five times more potent than the marijuana of the 1970s and that teenagers can often obtain marijuana more easily than alcohol.

Marijuana – known by such names as pot, grass, reefer, weed, herb, mary jane, mj – is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant. Most users smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes called “joints.” Some use pipes or water pipes called bongs. Also becoming popular are marijuana cigars, called blunts, where the tobacco in cigars is replaced with marijuana and often combined with another drug, such as crack cocaine.

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