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Marijuana Stats: 7 Eye-Opening Figures Related to Pot in America

By    |   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 02:25 PM

From adolescents using marijuana to drug busts statistics to trips to the emergency room, there are numerous statistics out there that can separate marijuana facts and myths.
Here are seven eye-opening facts and figures relating to marijuana.

1. Marijuana and the Younger Generation

A 2012 study from the Center for Disease Control cited a 1.2 percent use of marijuana among 12-year- olds, a fact that has held fairly steady over the past decade. This is a stunning realization for many parents. For people between the ages of 18 to 25, that number hovers around 19 percent.

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That percentage is perhaps low, according to the National Institute for Drug Abuse. The organization cites a Monitoring the Future survey from 2014 in which it was reported that almost 12 percent of eighth-grade students reported use during the past year. More than 27 percent of 10th graders responding to the survey said they consumed marijuana at least once in their lives, and nearly 17 percent described themselves as current marijuana users.

2. Stronger Stuff

The National Institute on Drug Abuse claims those newcomers to marijuana will be trying something far more potent than their elders. According to the organization, the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of marijuana, or the measure of psychological potency, has increased, on average, from around four percent to 15 percent from the 1980s until now. 

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3. Many Visits to the E.R.

That could explain a Drug Abuse Network Study that marijuana was mentioned in more than 456,000 emergency-room visits in 2011. Contrast that to a 2005 United Nation study that cited 242,000 marijuana-referenced emergency-room visits in the United States. 

4. Fewer E.R. Trips Per User

While the numbers are not a myth, Washington Post blogger Christopher Ingraham said he believes that percentages must be taken into account. His research showed that marijuana users had fewer emergency-room visits on a per-user basis than other drugs and alcohol. He also found that marijuana users had only 27 emergency-room visits per 1,000 users, which was slightly lower than alcohol and four times lower than even casual pharmaceutical users. 

5. Driving Under the Influence

The use of marijuana can cause impaired driving. According to a study by Columbia University’s Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, the percentage of fatally injured drivers in accidents who tested positive for marijuana had almost tripled from 1999 to 2010, going from 4.2 percent to 12.2 percent. 

6. Busted Every 48 Seconds

Since marijuana is not legal across the nation, its use can cause problems. The Marijuana Policy Project, a lobbying group for the legalization of marijuana, cites the fact that a person is arrested for a marijuana-related offense every 48 seconds and, of those arrests, 87 percent are not busted for sale or manufacture of the drug.

7. The DEA’s Pot Haul

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency cited that 40 percent of men arrested and tested for drugs tested positive for marijuana at the time of their arrest. But the amount of marijuana seized by the DEA has fallen dramatically from a high of more than 725,000 kilograms in 2010 to more than 267,000 in 2013.

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From adolescents using marijuana to drug busts statistics to trips to the emergency room, there are numerous statistics out there that can separate marijuana facts and myths. Here are seven eye-opening facts and figures relating to marijuana.
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