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Sir.—In 1984, 125,000 American high school seniors (5.0%) smoked marijuana daily. Currently, "street pot" in the United States is 300% more potent than marijuana specimens analyzed during the mid-1970s and sinsemilla (seedless marijuana) is 600% more potent. Daily marijuana use has been shown to correlate positively with the use of other psychoactive drugs and with school truancy. There has been a negative correlation with school grades. We studied 15 male and ten female (N = 25) middle-class young adolescent (median age, 16 years) daily marijuana smokers (used marijuana two to four times per day; 1.75 oz of marijuana, usually sinsemilla, used per month; $22 spent per week on marijuana; and median duration of daily use, 1.25 years [range, four months to three years]).
This group of daily marijuana smokers used other illicit drugs less than 25 times each per lifetime of use and drank alcohol no more and usually less