THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: CDC Study Says Teens Now Smoking More Marijuana Than Tobacco

CBS: A study from the CDC finds tobacco use among teens continues to decline, but there is some alarming news in this study.The government study shows more teens are smoking pot than are smoking cigarettes.The study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveys over 15,000 teens across the country looking at all kinds of risky behavior in 2011.And while only 18 percent of teens reported smoking a cigarette in the past 30 days, a higher percentage – 23 percent — say they smoked marijuana in the past month. MORE

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RELATED: Andrew Cuomo may not be high on medical marijuana, but he doesn’t necessarily seem to have a problem with a bit of bud. In an attempt to help fix the Bloomberg administration’s stop-and-frisk problem the Times reports that the Governor today is going to call for the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view. Between gay marriage, gambling, and ganja Andrew Cuomo is really gunning for the title of New York’s Great Legalizer, eh? More than a dozen states have already decriminalized possession of a small amount of weed (Connecticut, which just legalized medical marijuana, did so last year). In fact, since 1977, marijuana possession in New York has already been decriminalized for amounts of 25 grams or less, as long as it is not in public view. The push from Cuomo would make public view okay too, and just in time. NYC holds the title as the marijuana arrest capital of the world with 50,680 arrests in 2011, many of which are for small amounts of the drug found when pockets are emptied during stop-and-frisks. MORE

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