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Boston is #1!!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mon Rominee, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Hub goes to pot
    By Kimberly Atkins
    Friday, June 17, 2005 - Updated: 01:14 PM EST

    Boston may be at sea level on the maps, but its residents are the highest in the country, a federal drug-abuse report says.
    More than 12 percent of people over the age of 12 admitted to having used pot within the past month when recently surveyed, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported yesterday.
    Behind Boston, which ranked No. 1 in the country, five of the top 15 regions with the highest rates of marijuana use were in Massachusetts.
    ``It's not a surprise to see Boston and other places in Massachusetts ranking so high,'' said Michael Botticelli, assistant commissioner for substance abuse services at the state Department of Public Health, noting the more than 200,000 college students in Boston.
    ``While I certainly think college use is a factor, I don't think that diminishes our concern,'' he said.
    But don't blame college kids entirely.
    The researchers whose findings were released yesterday steered clear of dorms.
    Botticelli said increased pot use in the state has already caught the attention of Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey and state lawmakers, leading to legislation boosting funding for substance abuse services by $20 million in the past year, including initiatives targeting college students.
    But Boston University spokesman Colin Riley said school administrators have had little indication chronic marijuana use is a major problem on their campus.
    ``The number of kids that come to our attention more than once is extremely small,'' Riley said.
    Many local residents said they were surprised at Boston's ranking as the top pot-smoking region, but admitted they knew many people who use the drug recreationally - including many in high school and even younger.
    ``I know a lot of people who use it,'' said 16-year-old Boston College High School student Chris Hallet. ``But I am surprised that Boston is No. 1.''
    Michael Cutler, an attorney for NORML, a pro-marijuana legalization group, said the study ``shows that prohibition doesn't make a difference.''
    But Suffolk District Attorney's Office spokesman David Procopio disagrees.
    ``We stand firm in believing that marijuana use needs to remain a criminal infraction,'' Procopio said, adding that heroin, cocaine and OxyContin - not marijuana - are still the most prevalent street level drugs, according to detectives. ``But that doesn't mean that marijuana is not a problem.''
    Anti-drug groups said the numbers belie a bigger issue of self-medication, which is symptomatic of other problems like depression.
    ``Some use marijuana to make them feel good, but some use it to make them feel better,'' said David Rosenbloom, director of Join Together, a Boston-based substance abuse resource center.
    The Hub edged out Boulder, Colo., where 10.3 percent of those surveyed admitted recent pot use. Regions with the lowest rates of pot use are northern Iowa and southern Texas, where less than 3 percent of those surveyed reported recent use.

    sorry, no link, just a quote. :D
  2. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Go Sox! Go Pats! Go Pot! *lol*

    I haven't felt this proud to be from Massachusetts since I found out the school I graduated from was I believe the lowest performing in the state :D
  3. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    This also explains why the drivers in MA are ranked
    49th in the country in 'Motor' skills. L'il Rhody was 50th,
    no surprise there ...
  4. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    You may be #1 in pot, but we are #1 in binge drinking!
  5. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Nope, no surprise. I think Massachusetts is the only state I've been to where the light turns green and no one moves.
  6. #1 in admitting they smoked pot
  7. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    I think it's funny that the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is worried about pot.
  8. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Yea, there are bigger problem drugs out there. If they just regulated it the same as alcohol and tobacco, it would be fine IMO. Yea people can get burned out on it if they smoke too much of it (pun intended), but alcohol kills brain cells, damages your liver and causes violence and that's legal.
  9. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    Really i know people from there... when they come to cal they are so freaking surprised by way we have it last i heard head shops are still illegal:/

    Or we are talking bad drugs here? not the good kind?

    I would say if your state has survey on who takes drugs who doesn’t then you don’t have it bad... start fearing when they give up and assume 100% of population are potheads...
  10. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    mmmm...gateway drugs. I like ridin' the train in Boston. I have friends in Newton. I dig Shabbat.
  11. metalguy2


    Dec 26, 2004
    I am not a big into smoking pot. But I think that it is a fairly HARMLESS drug. There are legal drugs that do more damage and are more addictive. IE Alcohal, Tobacco?!?!?!?!?!?!
  12. Don't_Fret

    Don't_Fret Justin Schornstein

    Dec 10, 2003
    The Boston Reefers. Has a nice ring to it.
  13. I think a lot of people would be surprised by just how widespread potsmoking is in general. I know when I started smoking more and getting older the realization that many of my friends, friends parents, and even random people I met in society were Followers of Mary Jane was pretty shocking.
  14. AuG


    May 22, 2005
    Fort Collins, CO

    You should come visit Oakbrook Terrace, IL during rush hour traffic. Real nice when you crank some Buckethead Cuckoo Clocks from Hell. The Ultimate in road rage music IMO.

    Oog :rolleyes:

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