Why you should be alarmed about Marijuana Legalization

Why You Should Be Alarmed About Marijuana Legalization, According to a Former Obama Drug Adviser

Marijuana legalization poses a significant health risk to America’s youth—and many parents have no clue about the consequences, says a former Obama administration drug policy adviser.

“Today’s marijuana is not the marijuana of the ‘60s, ‘70s or ‘80s. It’s five to 15 times stronger,” Kevin Sabet said in an exclusive interview with The Foundry. “I think a lot of Baby Boomers’ experience with pot—a couple of times in the dorm room—they don’t correspond to what kids are experiencing today.”

Sabet, a former senior adviser at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, wrote the book “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana” to shed light on the marijuana legalization movement.

He pointed to Colorado, which has operated with de-facto legalization for five years, as a case study. By 2011, Denver had more medical marijuana shops than Starbucks or McDonalds.

The state has more kids using marijuana, he said, resulting in more kids in treatment and higher rate of car crashes. There have even been two deaths tied to marijuana use, including one involving domestic violence.

“Legalization in practice is a lot scarier than legalization in theory,” Sabet said. “It means a pot shop in your backyard, mass advertising and commercialization and greater health harms.”

In the book, Sabet takes on the myth that marijuana isn’t addictive. He said one in six kids who try marijuana will become addicted—the same as alcohol. That’s because young people are vulnerable than adults.

“There are more kids in treatment for marijuana today than all other drugs, including alcohol, combined,” Sabet said.

 

He worries that as other states and the District of Columbia consider legalization, more people will be hurt by the drug.

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Comment by donp on June 4, 2014 at 9:12am

If alcohol prohibition is an example, the greatest beneficiary of their war on alcohol turned out to come from the alcohol industry after Congress finally signed a "truce".  Alas, they had both a more expensive alcohol to buy but a new army of alcohol users.  

Could bolstering the army of drug users depict the true motivation for the war on drugs? Why else would an otherwise free people tolerate such a usurpation of the un-granted power to criminalize a human behavior that preceded the formation of this country?

Comment by donp on June 4, 2014 at 9:12am

If alcohol prohibition is an example, the greatest beneficiary of their war on alcohol turned out to come from the alcohol industry after Congress finally signed a "truce".  Alas, they had both a more expensive alcohol to buy but a new army of alcohol users.  

Could bolstering the army of drug users depict the true motivation for the war on drugs? Why else would an otherwise free people tolerate such a usurpation of the un-granted power to criminalize a human behavior that preceded the formation of this country?

Comment by Hawperz on June 4, 2014 at 6:54am

I'm tired of the Prop 215 mess in Calif.  The illegal growing of plants that are polluting our forests and stealing water.  There seems to be an entitlement attitude. I agree marijuana helps some people.  It needs to be taxed and regulated like alcohol and cigarettes.

Comment by Michael Bryant on June 3, 2014 at 11:33pm

Perhaps we should learn from the past? Otherwise we might keep repeating it, over and over again. Prohibition of alcohol required a constitutional amendment. That worked out well, did it not? So another amendment was required to repeal it.

Interesting that prohibition of a natural plant that can grow most anywhere required only an edict, not a constitutional amendment. Yet for decades many have ignored the unconstitutional violation and have continued to cultivate this “evil plant”, and even abuse it by smoking or ingesting it. Does not matter that it does provide benefit for some.

Prohibition is for the greater good. Is it not? So lets start a war on drugs, and knock down a few doors and lock them up in prisons, because it is now only the criminal element that uses and sells this evil product. In addition, ...  We must have a militarized police state to combat this evil, so we can bust down these doors with military precision and force and put these criminals in prison. If we run out of room in our prisons, just release a few ............

Besides, today who would care to indulge in a simple plant when today we have legal mind altering psychopharmaceutical drugs to control our kids???

Has anyone had their Xanax today?

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