"Habitual marijuana use increased among U.S. adults over the past decade, particularly among young minorities and baby boomers, government figures show.Yeah, I lot of us I haven't found god yet. But don't you worry, when we do, we'll make him pick up the tab!
The prevalence of marijuana abuse or dependence climbed from 1.2 percent of adults in 1991-92 to 1.5 percent in 2001-02, or an estimated 3 million adults 18 and over.
That represents an increase of 800,000 people, according to data from two nationally representative surveys that each queried more than 40,000 adults.
Among 18- to 29-year-olds, the rate or abuse or dependence remained stable among whites but surged by about 220 percent among black men and women, to 4.5 percent of that population, and by almost 150 percent among Hispanic men, to 4.7 percent.
Among all adults ages 45 to 64, the rate increased by 355 percent, to about 0.4 percent of that population.
The report, published in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association (news - web sites), was led by Dr. Wilson Compton of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who said the rise in dependence was probably due at least partly to increases in the potency of pot over the past decade.
Also, the figures may indicate that baby boomers 'bring their bad habits with them into old age,' he said."