RAND study: Legalizing marijuana will increase use. Is this what parents want for their kids?(Read article summary)
Legalizing marijuana is on the November ballot in California. A RAND study says making pot legal will cut the drug's cost and increase use. My parents intervened with me when I was a kid and it worked. Today's parents must now take a stand against legalization.
This week the RAND Corporation came out with a study that said that legalizing marijuana in California – as a November ballot measure proposes – could cut the price of pot by as much as 80 percent, and will increase use.
Winerip found his interviewee’s arguments for legalizing pot persuasive. He acknowledged that the pro-pot strategy was aimed squarely at people such as himself: baby boomers who smoked it, enjoyed it, and to whom nothing terrible happened.
“The 20-something me believes marijuana could be legalized, regulated and taxed like alcohol, providing much needed revenue,” he wrote.
However, “the 50-something me – who hasn't smoked in more than 20 years – knows stories in our little suburb about classmates of my kids smoking pot in middle school, using heroin in college, going into rehab, relapsing, trying again. The 50-something me has seen the eyes of those boomer parents – good people – seen the weariness and fear, and thought, 'There but for the grace of God. ...’ ”
Almost 40 years ago, I was a middle school kid smoking pot. My parents intervened, though I didn’t realize it at the time.
I had become a regular user for a stupid reason: to impress a boy. One day, I inhaled something that was either very strong, or laced with another drug. I started hallucinating and was so frightened I came straight home and told my mother.