The federal government's annual survey of high school senior shows that more than 21 percent of them had used marijuana in the past 30 days, while 19.2 percent had smoked cigarettes during the same period -- the first time marijuana use has surpassed cigarette use in the survey. The Feds are, of course, expressing hysterical alarm over this result. To me it seems very good news. If anyone tells you that smoking pot is worse for kids than smoking tobacco that person is a fool, a liar, or both.
In some further good news, the survey found that "binge drinking" (defined as having five drinks or more at one occasion), continues to decline among high school seniors. Just over 23 percent of high school seniors reported binge drinking in the past two weeks, compared to 25 percent in 2009 and 31.5 percent in 1998.