Marijuana Use among High School Seniors in the United States

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Marijuana Use Marijuana use among high school seniors in the United States has been on the rise causing greater concerns for addiction and health concerns among teenagers. According to the CDC, in 2010, marijuana use among high school seniors rose to 21.4%, with 25.2% being male users and 16.9% being female (Health, United States, 2011, 2011). This shows a steady increase every year starting in 2007 where 18.8% of high school seniors were using marijuana, with 22.3% were male and 15.0% were female. Ages as young as 12 years old also showed the same statistical trends, even in Middle Schools. Up to 1920, there were isolated accounts of marijuana and those that did show up in the press showed marijuana being smoked for recreational purposes (Harrison, 2010). After prohibition, marijuana markets started to emerge in cities. Harry Anslinger, Federal Narcotics Commissioner, alleged marijuana as being responsible for violent cases and waged war against marijuana in 1933. As a result, 46 states enacted anti-marijuana legislation. The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 placed marijuana with Schedule I drugs that included opium and cocaine. The Boggs Bill of 1951 and the Narcotic Drug Act of 1956 served to establish severe penalties for violation of drug laws. The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1961 was enacted to modernize and coordinate international narcotic control. Provisions were made for cannabis. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 consolidated over 50 drug laws and
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