This article was one that seemed well-rounded. There was a good quote to paraphrase ratio, as well as understandable statistics. For example, the description of what was studied by Staci Gruber an assistant professor of psychiatry at Hardvard Medical School and what was found was clearly stated:
Her Study evaluated 29 non-smokers and 35 chronic marijuana smokers- 20 began smoking pot regularly before age 16 while 15 started smoking after age 16. All were about 22 years old when the study was conducted.
What teenagers do not seem to realize about smoking pot, is the effect it has on their developing brain. Brains are not fully developed until someone is in their mid-20's.
In 2005, the Washington Post wrote an article about teenage drivers and laws being passed. Even then the study of how late brains are developing was in progress:
A National Institute of Health study suggests that the region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully developed until age 25, a finding with implications for a host of policies, including the nation's driving laws.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is the most commonly abused drug. They conducted a study the showed that as many as 10.9% of 8th graders has tried marijuana and as many as 32.4% of 12th graders had.
Nov. 2 was the election, and one of the major issues in Calif. was the legalization of recreational marijuana, which was not legalized. There are 15 states that currently allow medicinal marijuana. ProCon.org covers the history of the legalization of the medicinal use of marijuana as well as stipulations in obtaining it.