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See, this is the kind of reactionary thinking that, IMO, clogs efforts to carve out effective and progressive drug policies in this state and in this country.

Nowhere in this editorial does the writer point to concrete evidence that marijuana use causes significant harm. Instead, there's an emotional cry of "what about the children"—stemming from new reports from the University of Michigan suggesting that teens' attitudes about marijuana use may be softening—and some vague alarms about what "some studies are indicating." Worse, there's the suggestion that people's attitudes are changing about weed simply because Mary Jane has better PR...

In the 1960s the drug became well known and many thought legalizing it was only the right thing to do. Today, a group backing legalization of marijuana said the figures show the futility of trying to ban pot, rather than regulate its use.

We disagree with this group's conclusions. The fact is those backing legalization have been louder and more constant proponents.

In other words, they've done a better job of marketing.

Are you serious? This nation has spent decades--not to mention trillions of dollars--churning out official, government-sanctioned overblown distortions about the harmful effects of weed and engaging in all sorts of anti-marijuana draconian crackdowns on everyone from casual users to the seriously ill. Sorry, but NORML can't hold a Bic lighter to the Office of National Drug Control Policy when it comes to marketing.

I think what we're really seeing is a PR failure by those who want to continue to demonize weed.

I'm not encouraging teen marijuana use, mind you. But I also don't think that because young people aren't as uptight in their perceptions about marijuana that that means they're all on the verge of becoming heavy users. No, I think that, like a lot of us, they're more exposed to the arguments for and against marijuana and to the evidence that puts the lie to the traditional scare tactics used to buttress the "Just Say No" rhetoric. And it's becoming harder for them to take that rhetoric seriously.

Living in the information age has put adults in as strong a position as ever to have serious discussions with young people about drugs and their effects. But I worry that we forfeit that position--as well as our ability to have reasonable statewide and national discourse with adults, too--when we traffic in lies, exaggerations and alarmist editorials built on dubious arguments.

What do you think?

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  • 1

    To be honest I think all drugs should be legal, Alcohol and Tobacco are legal and they are a drug so why not have all drugs be legal.

    Look at it this way, if you want to be a huge looser and do drugs, go right ahead. If you want to smoke some pot and act like a fool that is your choice, just like if some one was to drink and act the same it is their choice to do so.

    Why should my tax money be spent fighting a drug war? A war that no one really cares about anyway. So I say make all drugs legal, and when you cant get a job because your a drug addicted loser too frickin bad.

    Besides sooner or later people will be dropping dead from overdose of harder drugs and the problem will slow down, because as soon as you see your buddies die from drug use, you just might think "hey I should not do this anymore".

    • 1.1

      LEGALIZE ALL DRUGS?!? What have you been smoking? Legalizing marijuana is one thing, but to legalize all street & prescription drugs would be social suicide. We have a hard enough time in this country getting and keeping drug users clean. I worked in the rehabilitation industry for 20 years and I'm here to tell you that I don't care what anti-drug campaign marketers use there will always be people, teenagers included, who will continue to try and use drugs. The greatest anti-drug campaigns will be won by parents, friends, & family members. The influences in people lives, who they see die from it or are affected by it will keep them from becoming addicts. Their support system is what will be effective & that is the only true campaign that is winning the battle against drug use.

      I am on the side of legalizing marijuana though, I truly believe that its medicinal purposes far outweigh the risk of teenage drug use. The "Support-System Anti-Drug Campaign" is the only campaign that is going to keep teenagers from using any drugs, marijuana included.

      I for one care very much about fighting the "Drug War" and I'm sure all families & friends that have been affected by drug use care about it too. Taxing the legalized marijuana use and putting the funds back into the medical system is a great idea and a great use of taxpayers money.

    • 1.2

      Got a rise out of you I see. Yep I said it, screw em, is what I think I have zero respect for drug users and alcoholics. Make it all legal and there will be no money in it at all. And we might all just get lucky and more then a few will go on a huge bender and rid us all of their pathetic lives.

      What good are they anyway to be honest, Drug wars are a huge strain on the tax payers, both with fighting the "Drug War" and with treatment of them.

      Why should I or any other tax payer have to pay for that? Beside it would spawn a hole new resurgence in the sale of coffins, and crime would go down too. Sure there will be those that lose their jobs, drug councilors, and rehab facilities, but that is a small price to pay.

      I'm sure that next you will say "what it was one of your family members or your child?" Well it was one of my family members and when he overdosed it was his fault not mine, help was given and it did not work.

      Am I sad about it, you bet ya. But at least I can admit to the fact that there are those of us on this planet that really deserve to go to what ever god they believe in by their own hand if they choose to. Now he will no longer hurt people due to his inability to control him self.

      The war on drugs has not stopped drug use, not has it caused crime due to drugs vanish off of this great world of ours, so it is painfully obvious that, to me, that we should make them all legal and take the profit out of the pockets of drug dealers. Besides what right does any one have to say that someone can't do something to them selves.

      Net we will outlaw steak because red meat is bad for you, because some fat fu*k ate him self to death on it.

      I don't think that the drug war will be won by parents, because in most cases the parents are not even involved with their kids, how do you think they get hooked on drugs to begin with, either their parents are addicts or they just don't care. I'm sure you saw a lot of parents when you worked in the rehab business, Those were the few that cared, but those few are only a drop in the buck of those that don't.

      Sorry if I offended you, but it's how I see it.
      Have a Happy Holiday.

  • 2

    People will always have substance abuse problems. Making drugs illegal just makes addicts criminals as well.

    To understand the motivation to keep drugs illegal you have to follow the money and see that drug enforcement is a huge industry just like the health insurance industry.

    Happy Holidays!

  • 3

    The funny thing about the "what about the children" argument is that, at least in my day, illegal drugs were way easier for high schoolers to score than alcohol. The dealer was someone you knew at school, and he never checked ID. Now yeah, we all knew the bar that would sell you a six-pack if you at least plausibly looked 21, but that was way more hassle than scoring an ounce of pot.

    In the meantime, continuation of the war on drugs has resulted in continuing erosion of civil liberties, the militarization of police departments, the deaths of completely innocent people, virtual civil war in Mexico, etc. Need I say more?

  • 4

    I too think the idea of legalizing all street and prescription drugs is ridiculous, and dangerous, but I like the idea of legalizing marijuana . I used it for years and held a job, paid taxes and did other "normal" things. When I didn't have any, I wasn't driven to violent acts because of some serious withdrawal symtoms, which many other drugs produce. Like any drug, it should be evaluated for its effects, which brings to mind the "hippie" era. Who would feel threatened walking into a "gang" of stoners? It's laughable, but walking into a bunch of crackheads or people jacked up on some other "wind up" drugs as I think of them, would make me a lot more nervous. Mr Price, you talk about people getting high and killing themselves as if it's the norm for anyone who uses drugs and that it happened in your family. It happened in my family too, and my folks always blamed pot. To think that that would happen on a large scale makes me think you buy into the movie "Reefer Madness", that to even try a drug will send you down the "road to ruin".I doubt it. If you're worried about your tax dollars, then legalizing every drug out there will surely burn up a lot of money trying to help a lot of new addicts, because there will be a lot of survivors of a policy like that, and they will have serious problems. As far as your respect goes, you probably don't respect a lot of people unless they look like you, dress like you, think like you, yada,yada,yada. I can live without your respect. I say legalize the stuff, we could use the revenue, and I could use a hit right about now.

  • 5

    "Meh" is right for people doing research at U of M. They can buy cheap weed in the D, and then drive back to Washtenaw county, where A2 is, and smoke a blunt without a dent to their criminal record.

    And, they're probably not doing silly things that drunkards and crackheads are. Crack is sometimes easier to find than pot, which is creepy. But, people are going to cook what they're going to cook, especially in Detroit. All of those abandoned buildings are perfect for it.

    Irony is seeing a gutted-out false growroom in the Packard. Too bad they had already harvested. Too bad they had to grow it in a disgusting building, where people are going to smoke it and the chemicals from that labyrinth of expired commerce. Too bad people can't smoke pot without having the possibility that it was in some guy's tire for 2000 miles. That's why it's so compressed and tastes like farts, silly.

    Maybe people need to adopt the lenient ways of Ann Arbor. The people writing that report were probably stoned, and it's coherent. Better than a report written while drunk or cracked out, that's for sure.

  • 6

    guys i found this blog, its really a good read and funny

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