“But what about the children?” That’s one of the first thing opponents of marijuana reform invariably cry when the prospect of legalization is raised.
” There’s no real surprise in the recent study by the American Association of Pediatrics which found minors in Washington State haven’t found it easier to get marijuana post-legalization.”
Once adults 21 and over can buy and smoke without penalty, as they can in Colorado and Washington State, the devil’s weed will begin a devious trickle down to teenagers, tweens, and toddlers.
The world will invariably begin on a path toward utter destruction, not unlike the one Dr. Peter Venkman described in Ghostbusters; “Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!”
Of course, like so many other arrows in the quiver of these neo-prohibitionists, the charge doesn’t really stick.
So there’s no real surprise in the recent study by the American Association of Pediatrics, which discovered that minors in Washington State haven’t found it easier to get marijuana post legalization. As Science Daily reported:
“There was virtually no change in the proportion of teens who reported it was ‘easy’ to access marijuana in 2010 (55 percent), compared to 2014 (54 percent) after the new law was enacted, according to the study.”
Generally, the more regulated something is, the harder it is to procure illegally. Looking around the country, it’s easy to find sad, sad, proof of that fact in the heroin epidemic that’s decimating so many communities across the country. The vast majority of the people currently grappling with heroin addiction didn’t begin their decent into drug addition with heroin. Often, it was powerful prescription painkillers—like oxycodone—provided by a doctor which got them hooked.
When their prescriptions ran out, or just buying the heavily regulated pills became too expensive, the users would turn to heroin, which is cheaper. And the people who sell it? They don’t care how old their customers are, or even if their next next fix happens to kill them.
Score another one for legal marijuana. Sorry kids.
[via Science Daily, image Gramercy Pictures]