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In some cases, it is even considered a rite of passage (Brooks, et. al. 2002: 79). Yet, marijuana abuse is a mounting problem and has in fact led to the experimentation of more hard-core drugs (Anthony, et. al. 1995: 9). Indeed, even though majority of marijuana users do not progress to marijuana dependence, the gargantuan number of marijuana users guarantees that those who do progress to dependence is still a substantial number (Haney, 2005: 360).