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Ex-marijuana users’ kids also likely to use drug

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WASHINGTON — Parents who once used marijuana are about three times as likely to have children who use the drug, according to a government study.

The study by the Department of Health and Human Services was based on 9,463 surveys of parents and children conducted between 1979 and 1996 by federal researchers.

"The study points out, once again, the power of parents to help their children stay healthy and drug free," said Joseph Autry, director of the department's office on drug abuse.

The study found that children mirror their parents in other ways. Parents who felt that taking marijuana wasn't risky tended to have kids who felt the same way. But researchers also concluded that an increase of drug use in the 1990s can't be blamed on baby boomer parents.