Marijuana

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Marijuana

Marijuana


The statistic I chose to analyze was something I pulled from the
Washington Post about a month ago. The article stated that "68% of high school
seniors admitted to trying marijuana at least once during their high school
career." The article was about the resurfacing drug problem among the teenage
age group. It was aimed at an audience of parents and others who could be
affected by such an alarming rate.

A number of thoughts crossed my mind when I read this statistic. My
first thought was to question where the Washington Post had surveyed. As a
resident of the metropolitan DC area, I am aware of the differences between the
outer suburbs and DC itself. If the Post had focused on the DC area I would be
able to believe the statistic much more than if they had focused on the
surrounding area. Another thought was whether the Post had interviewed more
boys than girls or vice versa. Racial makeup of those involved in the study was
another issue that the Post did not elaborate on. I also felt it relevant to
ask what the percentage of that initial 68% were seniors who had only tried it
once. I think the percentage would drop significantly if the Post changed the
wording from "tried it once" to "used multiple times".
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