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Marijuana: What you need to know College is a time students experience new things. Consuming alcohol and marijuana are two substances frequently used by the college population. With discussions taking place across the U.S. on legalizing marijuana, it’s important to be informed on current laws in Texas. Here is what you need to know about marijuana. According to a survey conducted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, on an average day during the past year, 1,299 full-time college students used marijuana for the first time. Nearly 2 million full-time college students used an illicit drug in the past month, with 703,759 of those students using marijuana. According to Monitoring the Future study conducted by the University of Michigan, in 2014 the prevalence of marijuana was 6 percent lower among college students versus non-college individuals (34 percent, 40 percent). Comparing male and female use, annual marijuana use was higher among males than females (37 percent vs. 32 percent). Male college students had a daily marijuana use of 8.7 percent, while daily use among females was 3.9 percent. Among college students, daily marijuana use rose from 3.5 percent in 2007 to 5.9 percent in 2014. In 2000, annual prevalence of marijuana use reached a high of 36%, and in 2014 it remained at 35%.

aware that even possessing the smallest amounts for personal use can result in serious consequences. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), marijuana falls under the category of a Schedule 1 drug. On the DEA website, a Schedule 1 drug is considered the most dangerous with potentially

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severe psychological or physical dependence. Other drugs classified as a Schedule 1 drug are heroin and LSD. Along with the Schedule 1 classification, comes serious criminal penalties. Schedule 1 drugs are not accepted for medical use and have a high potential to be (See Know the consequences, Page 45)

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