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DPHSS: 22% of high schoolers used marijuana

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - A forum on medical marijuana hosted by the University of Guam is scheduled for this evening at the Guam Legislature in Hagatna. In June Senator Rory Respicio introduced the Compassionate Healthcare Act of 2010. The legislation would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes only. It would also create centers where the drug would be distributed.

Don Sabang, substance abuse program supervisor at the Department of Mental Health says studies have shown 22% of high school students on Guam have used marijuana. "From the perception of a youth child they will say marijuana is okay because it is being used as medicine that may increase current number with our youth or children," he explained.

Sabang says he has other reservations about legalizing the drug, including what he calls "inconclusive findings" on the effect of over 300 chemicals beside THC that are found in the plant.

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