California Leads By Example – Could Benefit from Marijuana Educational Program

by Mike Miller December 15, 2013

While I may not live in California I know people who do. All of them think there is a major problem with marijuana use in California. What do you think?

In a previous blog entry, I made note of a study that showed marijuana in the system of twice as many drivers as alcohol in California. As reported in www.nytimes.com.

In a broad study about to be published in The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, on the ramifications of legalizing recreational marijuana, two economics professors reported that a survey of evidence showed a correlation between increased marijuana use and less alcohol use for people ages 18 to 29.

I really don’t see how substituting marijuana for alcohol is a positive thing. We need to keep people off of all drugs.

Apparently these dispensaries sell more than just smokable cannabis. The industry has absolutely exploded with a variety of products. One of my students who holds a medical marijuana card in California said it is like being a kid in a candy store. The array of products has exploded and includes hashish, marijuana-rich oils that are drunk or smoked, edible cakes and other food products, and topical ointments intended to ease skin or joint pain without providing a high.

I think this is a very slippery slope. I feel that making the drug more legal only makes people think it is safe. Before legalizing the drug, all politicians and voters should have to take a marijuana educational course.

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