According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 14 percent of teens in the United States are at risk of developing heart disease, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure due to being overweight. The development of a more sedentary lifestyle compounded with poor dietary habits are the most obvious reasons for this figure that has tripled in the last 20 years.
We see it everywhere: plastered on bus stations, on buttons and bumper stickers, even in the reddened, bleary eyes of the occasional student. We hear it whispered about among the halls and joked about during passing period. Marijuana has always infiltrated our communities, although some might try to deny it. However, after years of battling a slew of failed marijuana policies, California has placed the long overdue Proposition 19 on the November ballot.