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Re: “Let's All Not Be Surprised That Diane Douglas Opposes Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Francis wrote:
To all the marijuana recreational Legalization Supporters, i.e., "Pot Heads": Do you drive or bike after smoking pot? Do you go to work after smoking Pot where your work involves decision making or other responsibilities that directly/indirectly effect others?

Of course not; people do that in roughly the same percentage as drinkers (albeit with far less drastic consequences).

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Posted by Dusty Relic on 01/08/2016 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Let's All Not Be Surprised That Diane Douglas Opposes Recreational Marijuana Legalization

First of all, cannabis is not a drug; it is a medicinal herb. We will continue to struggle with how to treat cannabis until such time as we understand this basic point.

Cannabis is not evil; to say so is to fall victim to the Reefer Madness propaganda of the 50's. This is 2016 and there is no excuse for continued ignorance on this point. People who use it for recreational, medical, or religious purposes are not "bad" and the taxes earned through its sale are not tainted any more than, say, taxes on alcohol or cigarettes.

The current initiatives being considered in AZ do not legalize cannabis for kids. To suggest otherwise is to spread blatant lies, especially now with the latest Monitoring the Future report confirming that substances like alcohol and tobacco -- which are legal for adults but regulated to keep them away from kids -- are being used less and less by kids. On the other hand, cannabis, whose non-medical use remains illegal in all but a handful of states, is being used at the same rate. This is proof that policies of regulation combined with education are successful.

Meanwhile, the percentage of high schoolers who say cannabis is "fairly easy" or "relatively easy" to obtain has plummeted to historic lows. That's right: only 79% of high-schoolers report that cannabis is easy to obtain, the lowest percentage since the question first started being asked in 1975.

Thus we see that prohibition has failed miserable while regulation and education work. How sad for Arizona that the Superintendent of Public Instruction doesn't understand this, since once would think that it's her job to know!

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Posted by Dusty Relic on 01/08/2016 at 2:33 PM

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