Many people tell us that the solution to the problems of marijuana legalization is “regulating,” so that the stronger stuff will no longer be sold. Let’s go back to the marijuana of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, they say. (THC levels had skyrocketed from 3.6% in the 1990s to around 20% in Colorado and more than 20% in Washington.) Can states regulate marijuana?
Since states are the “laboratories of democracy,” and several states have had legalization for years, we can evaluate whether or not regulation works.
The answer is no. Continue reading Can states regulate marijuana?
Dear Mr. Steves:
Your advocacy for marijuana legalization is insulting and offensive to the families of people who have lost children and relatives to this vicious drug. You need compassion for people and families who have been indelibly harmed by marijuana. Most of us like to think of ourselves as open-minded and compassionate, and certainly if you are, you will read this and answer to it:
Parents Opposed to Pot represents parents whose children have been killed or indelibly harmed because of marijuana. The stories of are on the websites. Of course the destruction is greatest to those who begin as teens, but there’s also a potential for damage from pot for people who begin as adults. Legalization tends to increase teen usage and keep the black market alive. Continue reading Rick Steves ignores letter, offends parents who lost children
State has teen violence problem, or is it just legalization of pot?
On December 7, in Everett, Washington, 5 teens killed a boy’s mother when she tried to defend her son. The violent 16- and 17-year-olds who were trying to steal the son’s marijuana and meth. In Alaska, another state where pot is legal for adults, 5 teens murdered another teen over marijuana. Allegedly, it was because the victim smoked his friend’s joint.
What other substance makes people so greedy and barbarous that they often kill for it? Only meth can inspire so much, but meth use has gone way down. Marijuana, or cannabis, inspires a cult-like following, with some advocates worshiping the plant as a god. Several recent incidents back up the scholarly research on marijuana’s deleterious effects on the teen brain, promoting violent behavior and even murder. Continue reading Washington State Teens Murder over Marijuana
As of this week, marijuana-infused gummy bears can no longer be sold in Colorado. On October 1, a law banned marijuana treats in the shape of animal, people or otherwise designed to appeal to children. Smart Colorado, a non-profit group, worked diligently to pass child protection laws.
As Colorado tightens restrictions on the sale of marijuana edibles, the problems with pot candies have reached other states. Children all around the country have accidentally eaten pot-infused sweets and turned up in hospital emergency rooms. Continue reading Marijuana gummy bears make children sick throughout country