Cannabis Regulation is Designed to Keep Pot Away From Kids

I’ve come across another scare article about re-legalization.  The argument boils down to any system but what we have now will lead to more kids using pot.  Will the class open their textbook to page one?  Let us try again:  In a re-legalized and regulated world, where cannabis is legally available to adults, where are kids going to get their pot?  It is the expectation of those advocating to re-legalize and regulate, that this new way of doing things will make it harder for underage people to find pot.
Here’s a bit of the article, with the link below:

When Sion Kim Harris, a Harvard Medical School substance abuse researcher, visits high school classes to talk about marijuana and other drugs, she does not hang up a “Just Say No” banner or talk about how a drug charge can stain a student’s criminal record.

Harris instead talks about cannabinoid receptors and brain development, about how regular marijuana use may affect performance on a test now, or 10 years from now. As states loosen their laws around limited marijuana use, raising concerns that it could cause an increase in use by teenagers, recent studies have found that marijuana dependency among teens can change their brains for the long term.
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Some say a change in perception of marijuana is warranted. Dr. Lester Grinspoon, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has been working for decades to disprove claims about the harmfulness of marijuana like those portrayed in “Reefer Madness.” The 1936 propagandist film that became a cult classic called the drug a “menace which is destroying the youth of America,” leading to murder, lasciviousness, and “incurable insanity.”

Grinspoon dismissed the modern idea that persistent marijuana use leads to schizophrenia or other mental health problems, though he said the IQ study is strong and the drug — like much of what is sold by prescription — is not harmless. But Grinspoon has been collecting stories for years about people’s experience with marijuana for medical and casual use, and he believes it is a safer recreational drug than alcohol. Someday research will reveal it as “a wonder drug,” he said.

“I have always been against young people using it,” Grinspoon said. “If it turns out to be right [that marijuana harms brain development in adolescence], that’s the most urgent reason for us to get the prohibition defeated, to treat it like alcohol.” Regulating marijuana would allow for better tracking and punishment of people who sell it to minors and would eliminate some of the “forbidden fruit motivation” for teens trying the drug, Grinspoon said.
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Original article is HERE.

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Author: DavidB

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