Opponents of legalization measures in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon all face the same obstacles in this election season. Those issues are well addressed in an article on Reuters News Service. I want to pull out — for your examination — just a bit of this column. This little bit describes the entire cosmos of the legalization crossroads. The question posed is, “how best to prevent teenagers from acquiring pot.” Will the opponents of legalization go first?
“The bottom line is, if you care about young people succeeding in education and later in life in your state, then you don’t want to legalize marijuana,” said Kevin Sabet, a former adviser to Gil Kerlikowske, the Obama administration’s drug policy director. Sabet, who is working with anti-legalization groups in the three states, said the risk to young people has emerged as a focal point of their campaign. The federal government considers marijuana a dangerous, illegal narcotic. So = PROHIBITION?”
Now, someone for the legalization effort, please?
Mason Tvert, co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is the main group behind the legalization measure in Colorado, said voters see prohibition as the “worst possible policy” for protecting teenagers. “Because it’s putting marijuana in an underground market, where it’s entirely uncontrolled,” he said.
His group points to a survey by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed while pot use went up nationwide, the percentage of teen users in Colorado fell to 22 percent in 2011 from 25 percent in 2009. That coincided with the creation of a state agency in 2010 to oversee medical marijuana use, which Tvert’s group says shows that regulating pot – not prohibiting it – may reduce teen use.
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So that’s it, Greenies. The crossroads where we stand — answering the question of how to best keep teens away from pot while they are young — we are told offers us the selection of (1) keep doing what we’ve done for 70+ years, which has failed and is failing, by the way, or (2) try something new.
What do you say?
Original column, which is worth a read, is HERE.
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