According to CBS Seattle, attitudes towards marijuana in middle school can have a profound affect on students when they reach high school.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 07:  A woman smokes a cigarette of marijuana in an Amsterdam cafe on February 7, 2007 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The city council in Amsterdam has recently voted in favour of introducing a citywide ban on smoking marijuana in public areas. A successful trial ban in the De Baarsjes district of Amsterdam has been declared a success after a reduction in anti social behaviour. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Researchers have found a correlation between positive views of marijuana at an earlier age and intoxicated driving by high school students. They asked over 1,000 Southern California middle school students about their use of alcohol and marijuana and how they perceived drugs. Questions asked whether they thought marijuana was relaxing, dangerous, etc.

The students were surveyed about their attitudes towards marijuana when they were 12, 14, and again at 16.

The students who had positive views about marijuana at 12 were 63 percent more likely to say they had than those who reported more negative views of the drug.

“It is crucial to intervene early to help prevent DUI or riding with a drinking driver in high school,” explained lead researcher Brett Ewing, a statistical project associate at RAND Corp in Santa Monica, California.

The findings show the importance of educating children about drugs and alcohol at a younger age, say the scientists.

If you or someone you know have been stopped, questioned, or arrested for driving under the influence, the first call you should make is to a qualified DUI defense attorneyWe are available 24/7 on our on-call attorney line at 253-691-4453.

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