There are more pot smokers in the last decade

Posted on: September 9, 2011

According to CBS News, a new government survey says more Americans – 3 million more – are smoking marijuana. This means that nearly 7% of Americans aged 12 or older (do you believe that 12 year-olds are smoking dope?) were illicit pot smokers in 2010.  However other illegal drugs have fallen.

Meth use has plunged by about half and cocaine use that includes crack is down in the last few years. The annual survey by the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also found declines from 2009 in tobacco use and binge drinking among teens.

According to the survey it said that 23 million Americans needed treatment for a substance abuse problem in 2010 but only fewer than 3 million received it.

With the increase in marijuana use it isn’t surprising that this week, the Border Patrol working the Arizona desert got a firsthand glimpse into how much marijuana comes into the country. Agents seized a total of 3,200 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1.6 million. Government agents tracking suspected illegal immigrants Sunday found six bundles weighing less than 279 pounds and valued at $139,000.

In another incident recently, agents responded to a detection sensor and found five bundles of abandoned marijuana weighing more
than 218 pounds. The bundles were estimated to be worth approximately $109,000. Agents also recovered bundles of marijuana during routine searches last week. One search produced 75 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,840 pounds and valued at $920,000. Another search recovered 53 packages pot worth $156,000. Federal agents also recovered 282 pounds of pot with a value of $140,500.

Colorado ranks number 3 of the states that use the most marijuana. More than 15 percent of Colorado residents are truly “Rocky Mountain High.”  To see where your state ranks click here.


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