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Depression, teens and marijuana are a dangerous mix that can lead to dependency, mental illness or suicidal thoughts, according to a White House report being released Friday.
A teen who has been depressed at some point in the past year is more than twice as likely to have used marijuana as teens who have not reported being depressed — 25% compared with 12%, said the report by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Correlation does not equal causation.
 

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"I've seen many, many kids' lives negatively impacted and taken off track because of marijuana," said Elizabeth Stanley-Salazar.

Absolutely, it's a drug problem and is in no way a reflection or consequence of the decisions the indivual took.

Blame drugs, not the children! Who want's personal responsiblity anyways?
 
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Denial! It ain't just a river in Egypt! haha :D
 

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Denial! It ain't just a river in Egypt! haha :D
Drug (and/or alcohol) abuse isn't the root of the problem, but rather a symptom. Attempting to control the symptom will not cure the problem. Just like drinking cough syrup will not cure a cold.
 

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Marijuana, like booze, should not be enjoyed until the legal age. Kids should not drink, or smoke.

It's simple.
 

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Drug (and/or alcohol) abuse isn't the root of the problem, but rather a symptom. Attempting to control the symptom will not cure the problem. Just like drinking cough syrup will not cure a cold.[/QUOTE


Absolutely, blaming the drug for the behavoir of people is like blaming weapons for violent crime.
 

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Hell I smoked pot as a teenager and drank. And I had a grand ole time the whole way through. Depression is a state of mind that I'm not interested in.
 
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Why does that first study not tell the total number of case studies?

You have to take these 'studies' with a grain of salt. All too often the test group is very small and does not represent the entire population
 

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Hell I smoked pot as a teenager and drank. And I had a grand ole time the whole way through. Depression is a state of mind that I'm not interested in.
I did plenty of drinking as a teenager but no pot smoking, and I seem to have to survived OK. I wonder if the increased strength of the pot today as opposed to 30 years ago has something to do with this.
 

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Hell 30 years ago I was three, I wasn't toking then!

People use it as an enabler/excuse. The real problem lies within. Our bleeding heart societies focus on the negative and feeling sorry for ourselves so much it's no wonder people get depressed. I gots no time for it.
 

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In my parenting class there is a chart where you look at what type of parents a person had based their level of affection and permissiveness and you can fairly accurately predict what drug they have indulged in.

What I will tell my daughter about drugs and alcohol is that a persons personality evolves over the years and that their is a "you" that you are becoming. If you do a lot of drugs and alcohol or maybe just a little, you may never find out who you were supposed to be. I have noticed personality changes in friends from moderate use of drugs and alcohol.
 

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Shoot you shoulda been at the party I was at last night. All kinds of personality changes took place.

Lol I bet your chart in the parenting class doesn't take into account geographical location. When I hit highschool and we Lumby kids mixed in with all the Cherryville kids it was everywhere.
 

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Its not worth arguing really. People who partake are unlikely to admit any downside to the habit.
 

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OK. I say extensive marijuana use and or drinking does change people. Pot smoking is relatively benign compared to a lot of drugs but I believe it does permanently alter people.
 
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OK. I say extensive marijuana use and or drinking does change people. Pot smoking is relatively benign compared to a lot of drugs but I believe it does permanently alter people.
From personal experience and observation of others, I agree.
 
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