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Published on NewsOK Modified: December 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm •  Published: December 24, 2012

Research published by the National Institutes of Health indicates that marijuana use is now more common than cigarette smoking among our 12th grade students, with 21 percent of our seniors having smoked pot in the past 30 days.

Please don't bother sending me emails asserting that marijuana is safe and that its casual use is no different from alcohol. I hear that enough from "experts" in pharmacology, my adolescent clients. Perhaps many people can use alcohol and even marijuana "responsibly," selectively altering their moods while living a healthy and meaningful life.

However, I wonder about all those other people who become so easily dependent upon drugs to change their feelings. I'm mostly worried about our kids, who have to learn ways to feel good, deal with depression, overcome rejection, and get through the day without using chemicals.

And every now and then, I think about the Mick, and wonder what might have been.

Dr. Gregory Ramey is a child psychologist and vice president at Dayton Children's Medical Center. Email: Rameyg(at) This article appeared in the Dayton Daily News.

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