Legalizing weed unlikely to turn kids into potheads


By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

A central idea of the war on drugs has always been that loosening restrictions on drug use — by decriminalizing it, or allowing medical use, or legalizing some drugs completely, or even simply discussing legalization — will “send the wrong message” to kids and lead to increased teen drug use and all the problems associated therewith.

But particularly in the realm of marijuana policy, the evidence has repeatedly shown this notion to be inaccurate. After all, 20 states have passed decriminalization measures. And since 1996, 34 states have passed some sort of medical marijuana bill. But, according to two studies published in the past month, teen use of marijuana has fallen over that same period.

“Despite considerable changes in state marijuana policies over the past 15 years, marijuana use among high school students has largely declined,” concludes one of the papers, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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  1. Steve Kubby says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    EVERYTHING THEY TOLD US ABOUT MARIJUANA IS A LIE. Harming kids? A total lie. They also told us that weed kills brain cells, but the latest research shows that cannabinoids actually cause new brain cells to grow. That’s right, potheads are getting smarter, while the haters are just getting older and dumber. See the evidence here:

  2. sunriser2 says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    When I think back on how many lives were ruined by the lies and actions of law enforcement I still get pissed off.

    One hell of a price to pay just to have cops play with their military toys then take early retirement.

  3. Kits Carson says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    Sun: Don’t hate on something you haven’t the guts to do.

  4. Justice says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    Maybe the word “pothead” is subject to vast speculation and redefinition depending on what the author’s motive is.
    There are already enough studies that show brain psychosis from the U.K. from cannabis use. More use and there will be more psychosis. Teens don’t need any further availability of illegal drugs, period. This drug is not harmless as portrayed by many seeking to profit from drug sales.

  5. Haddi T. Uptahere says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    I really find it interesting that some folks (Justice and Kits) can so easily talk about things that they have NO experience with. No facts backing them up, simply spewing rhetoric that they have heard in the past. Where is the link to this UK study? Who conducted it? Who sponsored it? What controls did they use? Where is the actual data? Where is the science? That is what you should post. Not just some blowhard redneck BS.

  6. Justice says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    Do your own net search and see that the U.K. studies are very legit, real, and accurate. Inhaling smoke into the body is dangerous and eventually lethal, obviously. The brain damage from cannabis is well documented, just not in the US where the profit for sales and politics come into play, this is a corporate target to produce and sell for profit, it will be a new source of income and thus the reality and dangers of it must be well hidden.

  7. TeaTotal says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    AAarrgh! The stupid it burns!!

  8. nature bats last says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    Kubby, keep on smoking your weed and all the things you seem to be ranting about (using capitals, man I can hear you screaming, stop!!!) Will be true. It is interesting how you think smoking weed will increase brain cell activity. Look at the authors of your supposed research, no biases there. I also have first hand experience with knowing friends and family who were irrepribably harmed by consuming weed that has become stronger and stronger since the 70’s. I have a teen ager who I will discourage from smoking pot, or smoking anything cuz SMOKING DAMAGES YOUR LUNGS. that is a true side effect and somehow gets overlooked in your rants about how good smoking pot is for young brains and bodies. Keep on smoking kubby, your lungs will give out before your brain runs out of cells.

  9. Lisa says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    Nature Bats LAST SAY, Thats a crock of BS WHAT YOU JUST SAID, Try it ,you will love it ,because you of all people need it.

  10. Kits Carson says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    haddi: Your ASSumptions are quite far off base.

  11. Biggerpicture says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    More people die every year taking selfies than die from the use of marijuana, which is ZERO! 500,000 people die every year in the US due to the physiological effects of tobacco use costing our country billions yearly.

    Oh yeah, and up until the last few years we have subsidized the tobacco industry with billions in taxpayer dollars yearly.

    Go figure!

  12. Steve Kubby says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    MARIJUANA CAUSES LUNG CANCER? ANOTHER DRUG WAR LIE! Did you see the Hater who just said that weed causes lung cancer? Another lie. Actually the latest studies show weed protects you from lung cancer.

    “We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer…What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.”

    See the details here:

  13. nature bats last says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    Kubby, just keep on smokin dude…its obviously helped you, cough, cough, choke, duh…

    lisa, I have smoked pot and I find that it makes me cough, then it makes me paranoid, then I get the munchies, then I get a head ache…ya, thats how I wanna live my life,

  14. Biggerpicture says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    Nature Bats Last do you ever drink alcohol? And let’s not forget that in this day and age many folks ingest marijuana byproducts as opposed to smoking it.

  15. Liberule says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    Nature and kits have to be 2 of the dumbest folk in all the mountains. They deserve each other.

  16. Haddi T. Uptahere says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    Pro pot or no pot. Why can’t people decide what they want to put in their own bodies? Kits, nice rebuttal. Really liked the facts you put forth.
    Justice, yep, if it’s on the interweb it gots to be true. You two should definitely stick to alcohol. I would never think of trying to tell you how your life should be lived. Why do you two insist that your way is the only way? Are you Gods?

  17. billy the mountain says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    “Do your own net search and see that the U.K. studies are very legit, real, and accurate.”

    Yes, do your own research, justass is misleading you.

  18. Chief Slowroller says - Posted: September 30, 2015

    as I told you Kubby when I smoked it, it was called Dope.

    so all you folks want your children and grand children to be stoned.

    I would suggest that you folks stop smoking for a year or two and then make your decision.

  19. Dogula says - Posted: October 1, 2015

    Be careful out there. Even though they say they won’t bother medical marijuana users and providers, as long as it’s still officially illegally on the Federal level, and as long as government regulates and controls and taxes you, you are not safe from harassment and imprisonment.
    And no, I don’t smoke pot.