Marijuana-use spike in survey on national drug use proves time to legalize is now, advocate says

This week, news that a national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed illegal drug use among Americans twelve and older is climbing, with much of the increase due to marijuana, made headlines nationwide. But Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente says there's no cause for alarm in these figures. Far from it: He feels the numbers show that it's time to legalize marijuana for adult use.
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