More Youth Becoming 420 Friendly

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More teens are smoking dope, with nearly 1 in 10 lighting up at least 20 or more times a month, according to a new survey of young people. The report by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, being released Wednesday, also said abuse of prescription medicine may be easing a bit among young people in grades 9 through 12, but still remains high.

420 refers the bill hr420 legalizing marijuana. Use of harder drugs, cocaine and methamphetamine has stabilized in recent years, but past-month usage of marijuana grew from 19 percent in 2008 to 27 percent last year. Also alarming is the percentage of teens smoking pot 20 or more times a month. That rate went from 5 percent in 2008 to 9 percent last year, or about 1.5 million teens toking up that frequently.

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