Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn't use
- Author: Lila Blake Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 0:36
According to the researchers at The Marist Institute for Public Opinion in the USA, most Americans are not especially anxious about marijuana use among the youth. "While marijuana use by their children tops the list of parents' concerns, they are just as apprehensive about other risky behaviors". Doing so would seem to be an unpopular move, according to the poll results which show than only 20 percent of Americans thought the Trump administration's enforcement actions should be tougher than the Obama administration's for medical marijuana and 30 percent for recreational use.
According to a recent poll, most people in the United States (about 67 percent) think prescription opioids pose a greater risk than medical marijuana for pain relief.
The groups surveyed 1,122 adults for the "Weed & the American Family" survey, which has a 2.9 percent margin of error.
Of the poll respondents, 70 percent believe that their parents would not be happy to learn they use marijuana recreationally. Of note, half of current marijuana users and 60% of those who have tried it did not think it would be acceptable for pregnant women to use marijuana.
Social attitudes toward cannabis and parenting have shifted dramatically as more states legalize marijuana. Additionally, teens may use marijuana to self-medicate, and modern iterations of the drug are more potent than the ones that their parents may have smoked.
A slim majority of Americans consider marijuana use to be a health risk.
Sixty percent of parents who consume cannabis say their kids are aware of their use and 54 percent of them have talked to their kids about it. The academy suggests that parents remind kids that marijuana can cause abnormal brain development, and that teens who regularly use it can end up with mental health disorders like addiction, depression, and psychosis. And parents who have tried marijuana at least once in their lives are even less concerned than those who haven't that their kids will do the same.
Eugene Monroe, a former Baltimore Ravens lineman turned medical marijuana advocate, told FOX Business in June 2016 that the National Football League should revise its stance on pot use. Nearly half (47%) of the respondents believed it should be allowed, while an equal number (46%) disagreed. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime pot opponent, said previous year that "good people don't smoke marijuana", and pot backers fear the worst. Twenty percent of users said they'd used marijuana before a funeral.