Dating in middle school linked to negative outcomes for kids--and—a majority of Americans now think marijuana should be legal Show Notes

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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The majority of Americans believe pot should be legal. According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center's 52% of Americans now believe marijuana should be legalized.

Cultural opinion in favor of legalizing pot usage has grown quickly, with support for it jumping 11% in just three years. Also, a decreasing number of Americans believe smoking marijuana is a moral issue.

The new poll shows just 32% believe it's morally wrong, compared with 50% of Americans who thought that just seven years ago. And recent stories involving pot usage by celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga haven't provoked the outrage they might of in the past. 

So what does the bible say about marijuana? Well, although it doesn’t specifically address pot use, we can find some solid guidance in 1st Peter chapter 4. 

That chapter says believers are to be “clear-minded and self-controlled.” So encourage your kids that even though their friends may think there’s nothing wrong with smoking pot, God has a different perspective.

In other youth culture news, kids who begin dating in middle school are four times more likely to eventually drop out of school and twice as likely to use alcohol, marijuana and tobacco as their peers. They're also more likely to struggle in their study skills.

This is according to new research from the University of Georgia. Study author Pamela Orpinas, a professor at the school's College of Public Health, says one likely explanation for this is that these teens start dating early as part of an overall pattern of high-risk behaviors.

Orpinas says her research suggests that "dating should not be considered a rite of passage in middle school."

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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