More than half of East students may be smoking marijuana


Courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse

One study found that seniors are more likely to smoke marijuana daily than smoke e-cigs.

Daniel Venegas and Jose Gonzalez

It seems that more than half the school of Morton East has smoked marijuana.  

People who start using marijuana before the age of 18 are more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder when they are older. The marijuana plant itself has not been approved as a medicine by the federal government yet. The effects of recreational marijuana can include lightheadedness, a feeling of relaxation, increased hunger, and reduced blood pressure. People can smoke, inhale, brew, and or eat marijuana if they wanted to. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in America. In a random survey of 115 Morton East students, 70 students responded yes, and 45 students reported no.  

“Too many people smoke; some of the people I grew up with used to smoke but now don’t,” Dean Matt Dougan said. 

However, some students think that smoking helps reduce anxiety.   

“(Smoking) helps calm me down, and helps relieve stress,” an anonymous junior boy said.   

Another student agrees.  

“I chill, hang out, listen to music, on the daily.” an anonymous junior boy said. 

The famous Scooby had some words to say about smoking. 

“I don’t smoke — never have,” head security Linda (Scooby) said.  

We asked another student how old they were when they first started. 

“I was in the fifth grade and my brother smoked and offered me one time to try it,” an anonymous senior boy said. 

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