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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Parents Want 21 Legal Age for Marijuana

It is clear that views about marijuana use in America are changing as more states approve medicinal use and some even legalizing recreational use outright. Even parents have more relaxed views, with a new survey showing that a number of parents favor either legalizing marijuana for recreational use and 70 percent support legalizing medical marijuana. However, like alcohol, most parents believe the legal age for marijuana use should be 21, USA Today reports.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org released the online survey filled out by 1,603 adults, of whom 1,200 are parents of children ages 10 to 19. Results showed that 35 percent of parents say they are in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, 46 percent say it should be decriminalized.

Around 90 percent of mothers and 94 percent of fathers are in favor of a legal age of 21 for marijuana use. 95 percent of mothers and 96 percent of fathers would like the use of the drug prohibited in public places where smoking is banned. 88 percent of mothers and 90 percent of fathers believe marijuana advertising should be banned.

“The reality is that marijuana is now legalized for recreational use in the states of Colorado and Washington and it’s clear that society’s views on marijuana are evolving dramatically,” Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org, said in a news release. “This new research provides richer insight into what today’s parents believe about marijuana, their thoughts on legalization and the risks it may pose to adolescents. The data bring to life the fact that parents – including the large number who favor legalization – have serious expectations that legal marijuana will be regulated and restricted to protect kids and teens. Those expectations far exceed how legal marijuana is being implemented. So the fact remains, whether marijuana is legal or not, much more needs to be done to protect the health of our children.”

The wishes of parents may be hard to fulfill considering the fact that it is not illegal to advertise alcoholic products. If marijuana is held to the same standards as alcohol, the drug will need to be treated in the same light.

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