when i was in school, it was easier to get pot than to get alcohol. the reason is that alcohol was available legally, which meant the dealers didn't sell it. you could get it, but you had to pay an adult a bunch of money to take the risk. pot, on the other hand, could be obtained easily, and dealers don't card. i suspect that once it's available in stores to adults with IDs, the dealers aren't going to waste time on it.
but you know what? let's say that your fears are founded and high school kids can get pot more easily. it's still lousy policy to arrest people, ruin lives, and waste money on incarceration in a futile attempt to prevent anyone from using a drug that pretty much everyone has tried, and which is much less harmful than other legal drugs.
Again, come back to me once we have a few years of data under our belt and we can talk. So far virtually all of the historical precedents in relaxation in drug laws have resulted in a decrease in underage use.
This is a large component of why I back ending drug prohibition. To put controls in place where there currently are none to make it more difficult for youth to attain.
edit: and for the claim in the article about the 1/2 ounce possession in middle school. I frequently had a 1/2 oz stuffed down my pants while in middle school during the 80's, this is nothing new.
*note I have not used drugs in close to a decade, and rarely drink, I cannot remember the last time I was intoxicated. I have no dog in this fight merely so that I may partake.
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Alcohol was very easy to come by when I was in high school. Pot wasn't. Our anecdotes cancel each other out.
I would argue it isn't the law that is ruining people's lives it is the people who risk their own lives in order to get high that are ruining their own lives.but you know what? let's say that your fears are founded and high school kids can get pot more easily. it's still lousy policy to arrest people, ruin lives, and waste money on incarceration in a futile attempt to prevent anyone from using a drug that pretty much everyone has tried, and which is much less harmful than other legal drugs.
Your argument is like blaming a shark attack on the "Beach Closed Due to Sharks!" signs rather than on the swimmers who ignored the warnings.
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