Prompted by “Study: Medical marijuana laws don’t lead to more teen toking”: http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/06/15/study-teen-marijuana-use-medical-marijuana-laws/36166/
Some opponents of medical marijuana have said that legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana could send a message to young people that smoking pot is no big deal, ultimately encouraging them to experiment with marijuana and harder drugs.
Our findings provide the strongest evidence to date that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase after a state legalizes medical marijuana…
They found that marijuana use tended to already be higher in states that went on to adopt medical marijuana laws.
The laws may have caused 8th graders to be less likely to think of pot as a recreational drug, the researchers speculated. Or it’s possible the new laws resulted in some parents working harder to stop kids from trying it, they added.
Or maybe it’s because laws have no significant impact on teen recreational drug use (as the most popularly recognized statistics have confirmed for years, if not decades), so are a serious waste of precious taxpayer resources towards yet another obviously failed prohibition (including all of the flavors of highly regulated legalization — i.e. textured prohibition) in the “land of the free”?
How many teenagers conduct themselves based upon concern towards the law? ‘Human sheep’ (i.e. brainwashed ones strictly tuned in with the highly questionable — if not too often demonstrably insane — status quo) aside, common sense (and maybe past teen relevance, if you vaguely will) shows rebellious teens using illicit drugs don’t give a rats ass (or such) about drug-related law.
Sure they want to avoid being caught, but since prohibition (textured by regulation or not) does nothing to sufficiently prevent supplying their dedicated demand (hint: black market risks), there really is no problem for the “druggies” class of teens (unless they get caught, and then law addiction powerfully presses to ruin lives — as it demonstrably has against millions of lives for decades and counting to literally reckless American satisfaction without even one tiniest shred of concrete evidence proving any societal benefit based upon the whole truth and nothing but).
That includes the unethically arbitrarily legal drug alcohol (the real gateway drug by any common sense) that causes far more damage than cannabis ever could by comparison, despite the publicly obvious abusive favoritism rendering the latter drug experience tortured (not prevented, so a higher risk of harm) by an expensive mess of ironically rights-infringing laws.
That infringement is clearly irrelevant in the minds of the mature version of the aforementioned ‘sheep’, because such rights logically should prevent traditional political agendas (including bipartisan warfare producing judicial ruin in the form of rights-infringing legislation and legal precedence for over two centuries and counting) grossly increasing oligarchical power against us all (go back to sleep, ‘sheep’ — brainwashed into thinking everything is fine in our national jungle). Fundamental rights are quickly mentioned in school at an age when kids could not care less about them and then forever after dismissed to a degree that even minimal public traction is avoided from my complete set of logical points here (and fundamentally grounded here) — instead of properly thorough post-high-school understanding through righteous debate and consideration to ensure adults appreciate that our fundamental rights most powerfully matter in terms of lawful application.
I’m sorry, ‘sheep’, did I wake you? How rude of me. Here — have some mindless reality television and go back to sleep (nothing to see here as judicially always). Need more regulations to feel responsible as an adult? Okay, we’ll see what we can do to increase the overwhelmingly many thousands of pages of clearly rights-infringing law just to make you feel good (shhhhh — there there — pay no attention to the many millions of people negatively affecting by those laws in the “land of the free” and “home of the brave”).
You don’t think cannabis regulations are harmful? I’ll consider that, while I take my “caregivee” to a mandatory periodic medical cannabis followup session (that is clearly unnecessary and illegal by any rational and uncorrupted application of constitutional law) costing roughly some two hundred dollars (ultimately by monopolistic force) that presses against our economic (so mental) health — and I logically assume we (lower income folks astonishingly benefiting from medical cannabis against dementia and more) are nowhere near alone in that unhealthy regard.
Clearly teens are not the only group recklessly paying no significant attention to (l)awful impact.
Maybe teens would do a much better job ‘just saying no to drugs’, if mainstream society would do a much better job (to somehow still put it mildly) from saying yes to sobriety.