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Baby boomers fuel jump in pot use
Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 5/5/04 | Lindsey Tanner

Posted on 05/05/2004 2:30:07 PM PDT by qam1

CHICAGO -- Habitual marijuana use increased among U.S. adults over the past decade, particularly among young minorities and baby boomers, government figures show.

The prevalence of marijuana abuse or dependence climbed from 1.2 percent of adults in 1991-92 to 1.5 percent in 2001-02, or an estimated 3 million adults 18 and over.

That represents an increase of 800,000 people, according to data from two nationally representative surveys that each queried more than 40,000 adults.

Among 18- to 29-year-olds, the rate of abuse or dependence remained stable among whites but surged by about 220 percent among black men and women, to 4.5 percent of that population, and by almost 150 percent among Latino men, to 4.7 percent.

Among all adults ages 45 to 64, the rate increased by 355 percent, to about 0.4 percent of that population. The report, published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association, was led by Wilson Compton of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who said the rise in dependence was probably due at least partly to increases in the potency of pot over the past decade.

Also, the figures may indicate that baby boomers "bring their bad habits with them into old age," he said. The researchers said adults were considered marijuana abusers if repeated use of the drug hurt their ability to function at work, in school or in social situations, or created drug-related legal problems.

Drug users were considered dependent if they experienced increased tolerance of marijuana, used it compulsively and continued using it despite drug-related physical or psychological problems.

Overall use of the drug -- that is, casual use and habitual use -- remained stable at around 4 percent of adults.

"This study suggests that we need to develop ways to monitor the continued rise in marijuana abuse and dependence and strengthen existing prevention and intervention efforts," said Nora Volkow, the institute's director. Programs that target young black and Latino adults are particularly needed, she said.

Increases in dependence among young minorities may reflect their growing assimilation into sectors of white society where marijuana use is more accepted, Compton said.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism contributed to the report.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: babyboomers; genxpunks; growupalready; junkies; libertarians; likewowman; losertarians; ondcpagentpaulsen; pot; potheads; tattooedlosers; tertiarydoesmeth; wod; wodlist
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1 posted on 05/05/2004 2:30:08 PM PDT by qam1
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To: qam1; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; tortoise; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; malakhi; m18436572; ...
Xer Ping

Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social aspects that directly effects Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations (i.e. The Baby Boomers) are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.

Freep mail me to be added or dropped. See my home page for details.  

2 posted on 05/05/2004 2:31:30 PM PDT by qam1 (Tommy Thompson is a Fat-tubby, Fascist)
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To: qam1
Baby Boomers are the worst generation ever
3 posted on 05/05/2004 2:35:12 PM PDT by boxsmith13
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To: boxsmith13
Your souls belong to us !!
4 posted on 05/05/2004 2:39:22 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: boxsmith13
The Baby Boomers are really two generations,the early ones that practiced sex drugs, and rock and roll in the sixties,and the later ones born in the early sixties who actually have more in common with Gen X.


5 posted on 05/05/2004 2:40:07 PM PDT by Mears
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To: qam1
Increases in dependence among young minorities may reflect their growing assimilation into sectors of white society where marijuana use is more accepted, Compton said.

Sure. I know down here in Texas all the blacks and Latino's get all their pot from whitey. ROFLMAO!!!

6 posted on 05/05/2004 2:40:09 PM PDT by stands2reason ( During the cola wars, France was occupied by Pepsi for six months.)
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To: qam1
The researchers said adults were considered marijuana abusers if repeated use of the drug hurt their ability to function at work, in school or in social situations, or created drug-related legal problems.

So one of the ways they consider someone an abuser is if they get into some drug-related legal problem. So every single person that the police bust, by definition, are marijuana abusers. So the more people the police bust, the more marijuana abusers they find. The more money they put into arresting marijuana users, the bigger the problem they find that they have with "marijuana abusers" and the more money they need for the future. Sounds like a nice little system they have set up...

Oddly enough, using this definition, the best way the government could discourage marijuana abuse would be to stop arresting users!
7 posted on 05/05/2004 2:43:01 PM PDT by Stone Mountain
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To: qam1
The prevalence of marijuana abuse or dependence...

Objective journalism.

8 posted on 05/05/2004 2:46:00 PM PDT by eno_ (Freedom Lite - it's almost worth defending)
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To: onedoug
ping
9 posted on 05/05/2004 2:51:35 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: qam1
Habitual marijuana use increased among U.S. adults over the past decade, particularly among young minorities and baby boomers, government figures show.

The prevalence of marijuana abuse or dependence climbed from 1.2 percent of adults in 1991-92 to 1.5 percent in 2001-02, or an estimated 3 million adults 18 and over.

So which is it: habitual use, or abuse or dependence?

Also, the figures may indicate that baby boomers "bring their bad habits with them into old age," he said.

The number of baby boomers is increasing?

10 posted on 05/05/2004 2:53:50 PM PDT by The kings dead (O.C.-Old Cracker:"It's time for some of our freedoms to get curtailed for the sake of the Republic.")
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To: Renegade

11 posted on 05/05/2004 2:58:21 PM PDT by GunnyHartman (Dave's not here!)
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To: The kings dead
The number of baby boomers is increasing?

Yep, and we're not telling anyone how we're doing it.

12 posted on 05/05/2004 2:58:52 PM PDT by wtc911 (Europe without God plus islam = Eurabia)
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To: qam1
Execute these deviant scum.


/sarcasm
13 posted on 05/05/2004 3:00:24 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: Mears
Thank you.

I was born in 1960, and I have nothing in commen with Boomers. ( My SIL springs immediately to mind! LOL!)

Add to that, I was in the hospital for much of my childhood, so I never clicked culturally until the late 70's.
14 posted on 05/05/2004 3:03:38 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: wtc911
The number of baby boomers is increasing?

Yep, and we're not telling anyone how we're doing it.

"After two puffs I was turned into a bat twins."

15 posted on 05/05/2004 3:05:59 PM PDT by The kings dead (O.C.-Old Cracker:"It's time for some of our freedoms to get curtailed for the sake of the Republic.")
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To: qam1
Increases in dependence among young minorities may reflect their growing assimilation into sectors of white society where marijuana use is more accepted, Compton said.

A pox on those white people.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism contributed to the report.

Stick to drinking. It's a more socially acceptable habit.

16 posted on 05/05/2004 3:06:15 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: DumpsterDiver
Stick to drinking.

What's a little violence, addiction, and death among friends?

17 posted on 05/05/2004 3:09:47 PM PDT by The kings dead (O.C.-Old Cracker:"It's time for some of our freedoms to get curtailed for the sake of the Republic.")
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To: The kings dead
What's a little violence, addiction, and death among friends?

Exactly!

18 posted on 05/05/2004 3:14:51 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: boxsmith13
Baby Boomers are the worst generation ever

Yes
19 posted on 05/05/2004 3:18:37 PM PDT by Vision (Always Faithful)
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To: qam1
The conclusions expressed in this report are depressing and disgusting. It is obvious that the drive to legalize pot for medical reasons is but a sham. Supporters of legalization want to use pot for recreational not medical purposes.
20 posted on 05/05/2004 3:33:27 PM PDT by quadrant
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To: qam1; All
Among all adults ages 45 to 64, the rate increased by 355 percent, to about 0.4 percent of that population.

The prevalence of marijuana abuse or dependence climbed from 1.2 percent of adults in 1991-92 to 1.5 percent in 2001-02, or an estimated 3 million adults 18 and over.

0.4 percent boomers vs. 1.5 percent all adults Seems like the rates of marijuana abuse or dependence is almost 25% less in boomers than other generations.

21 posted on 05/05/2004 3:33:42 PM PDT by WASH
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To: qam1
My standard pot reply...

Smoking pot makes ya stupid and argumentative. Prolly has someting to do with the sugar peaks and drops that occur. I have done no scientific research on this.

Thank you.

...and don't drink the bongwater.

22 posted on 05/05/2004 3:37:25 PM PDT by Khurkris (Ranger On...Rest with the Lord Ranger Tillman.)
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To: qam1
This chart would seem to indicate that the major growth in use & dependence occured among blacks and latinos. The white group use looks to be less than the average % of increase during the years specified.

Damn white man be holdin' 'em down again!

23 posted on 05/05/2004 3:41:56 PM PDT by Khurkris (Ranger On...Rest with the Lord Ranger Tillman.)
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To: windcliff
PUNG
24 posted on 05/05/2004 4:03:09 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: WASH
0.4 percent boomers vs. 1.5 percent all adults Seems like the rates of marijuana abuse or dependence is almost 25% less in boomers than other generations.

Well, duh. It's highest among the youngest. But it's much much higher among the Boomers than among their predecessors in that age bracket.

25 posted on 05/05/2004 4:09:56 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (It's a nice day for a white wedding)
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To: JohnnyZ
But it's much much higher among the Boomers than among their predecessors in that age bracket.

Please - A link or reference to back that claim up.

26 posted on 05/05/2004 4:18:24 PM PDT by WASH
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To: qam1
Wow, great reason to increase the law enforcement against all things related to illegal drugs. I can imagine the hell hole the country would be if this ever was legal.

I heard other how past countries that tried legalization are having to go back to enforcement since they are killing their civilization.

Well, duh! Hart to figure legalizing it would grow addicts.
27 posted on 05/05/2004 4:27:13 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: GunnyHartman
Back when that was made, pot was far weaker compared with today.
Sure is good we enforce the law.

We need to hunt down the foreign distributers and start helping them reach room temperature as well to help childern aviod this evil busines of self medicating with illegal drugs.
28 posted on 05/05/2004 4:29:42 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: DumpsterDiver
Acceptable if you don't get drunk while in public to get people hurt or at home while caring for kids.
29 posted on 05/05/2004 4:31:01 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: WASH
Please - A link or reference to back that claim up.

Among all adults ages 45 to 64, the rate increased by 355 percent

HellOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, did we read the same article???

30 posted on 05/05/2004 4:31:14 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (It's a nice day for a white wedding)
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To: qam1
$400 billion a year. Big industry for something that grows wild along the railroad tracks.
31 posted on 05/05/2004 4:31:47 PM PDT by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: qam1; All
Just out of curiosity, is there anything such as marijuana use?

Why is it always called abuse?

32 posted on 05/05/2004 4:33:14 PM PDT by expatguy (Fallujah Delenda Est!!)
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To: boxsmith13
Hey, I resemble that remark...

No no no no
I don't smoke it no more
I'm tired of waking up on the floor.

Some never grow up...
33 posted on 05/05/2004 4:36:06 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: quadrant

The pathetic boomers will remain their indulgent selves till the last shovel of dirt hits the last boomer casket. How could the World War II generation be such flops as parents?
34 posted on 05/05/2004 4:36:48 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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1.2 percent of adults in 1991-92 to 1.5 percent in 2001-02

There for a minute, I thought this was a statistic for LP voters in America, then I realized it was probable over inflated numbers.

35 posted on 05/05/2004 4:40:32 PM PDT by LowOiL (Christian and proud of it !)
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To: kittymyrib
You know, I really resent that sort of stereotyping. I was born in 1947 fathered by a 1st Cavalry Sargeant and all I've ever done is work my ass off. Now if some people want to smoke a little weed that's OK. I have never seen anyone addicted to pot and I have been around plenty of people who do it. On the other hand I have seen so many lives f'ed up by alcohol it ain't funny. Stop the stereotyping BS. It ain't the weed that that causes so many problems it's the illegality. Furthermore stupid people on pot are stupid when they're straight.
36 posted on 05/05/2004 4:51:59 PM PDT by fuzzycat
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To: qam1
*Wonders how long this thread will keep out of the Smokey Backroom... marvels at the politeness of the thread so far*
37 posted on 05/05/2004 4:55:00 PM PDT by KangarooJacqui (Hamas: Things that make you go "BANG"....)
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To: A CA Guy
I'm gonna have to go back to using the "/sarcasm" in my posts.
38 posted on 05/05/2004 4:57:38 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: A CA Guy
Back when that was made, pot was far weaker compared with today.

Wrong.

The original ONDCP "Facts" correspond with estimates from UCLA professor Mark Kleiman that marijuana has roughly tripled in potency. Kleiman also notes that there is no evidence at all that marijuana is getting kids more stoned than it used to. Writing on his own blog, Kleiman cites the respected annual University of Michigan study that asks respondents about levels of intoxication. Writes Kleiman: "The line for marijuana is flat as a pancake. Kids who get stoned today aren't getting any more stoned than their parents were. That ought to be the end of the argument." Kleiman points out that the average joint is now half its former size, so even if kids are smoking more powerful pot, they are smoking less of it. " 'Not your father's pot' is a great way to convince [boomer parents] to ignore their own experience, personal or vicarious, and believe what they are told to believe."

39 posted on 05/05/2004 4:59:39 PM PDT by ThinkDifferent
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To: Stone Mountain
Oddly enough, using this definition, the best way the government could discourage marijuana abuse would be to stop arresting users!

Ssshh! You're not to supposed to say that aloud!

40 posted on 05/05/2004 5:05:49 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: fuzzycat
True dat!
41 posted on 05/05/2004 5:05:53 PM PDT by jjackson
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To: KangarooJacqui
That's just because most people haven't gotten from work, had dinner, etc., before settling in to an evening of FR! ;D
42 posted on 05/05/2004 5:08:46 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Hey, not my problem. (*grins*)

It's mid-morning here, and I've only had one cup of coffee, hence my own restraint... heheheh...
43 posted on 05/05/2004 5:13:04 PM PDT by KangarooJacqui (Hamas: Things that make you go "BANG"....)
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To: KangarooJacqui
Ha! Just wait 'til you have that second and third cup! :D
44 posted on 05/05/2004 5:14:18 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: KangarooJacqui
... marvels at the politeness of the thread so far*

I am also pleasantly surprised, I thought I was asking for trouble with a WOD and Baby Boomer combo.

Maybe I shouldn't have been afraid to post the other article I found

Illegal immigrant, libertarian baby boomer Darwin supporters fuel jump in pot and cigarette use

45 posted on 05/05/2004 5:16:58 PM PDT by qam1 (Tommy Thompson is a Fat-tubby, Fascist)
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To: A CA Guy
I heard other how past countries that tried legalization are having to go back to enforcement since they are killing their civilization.

What countries are you referring to?

46 posted on 05/05/2004 5:19:38 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: qam1
Is this like a really old story or something?
47 posted on 05/05/2004 5:21:21 PM PDT by BJungNan
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To: stands2reason
"here in Texas all the blacks and Latino's get all their pot from whitey"

You could be right. Domestically grown pot (by whites) appears to be dominating the market. Blacks seem to have the crack market cornered. And Browns & bikers (Banditos) seem to sell the most coke.

48 posted on 05/05/2004 5:22:58 PM PDT by bayourod (To 9/11 Commission: Unless you know where those WMDs are, don't bet my life that they don't exist.)
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To: qam1; NYC GOP Chick
Maybe I shouldn't have been afraid to post the other article I found

Illegal immigrant, libertarian baby boomer Darwin supporters fuel jump in pot and cigarette use


*giggles* You're kidding, right?

...Or maybe you aren't...

*shotguns 2nd and 3rd cups of coffee, rubs hands together with glee*
49 posted on 05/05/2004 5:23:05 PM PDT by KangarooJacqui (Hamas: Things that make you go "BANG"....)
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To: GunnyHartman
Don't forget " Cocaine Fiends"!!
50 posted on 05/05/2004 5:45:57 PM PDT by Renegade
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