Minor in Possession Information Help Youth Take the Smart Road

by: Mike Miller

Do you think legalizing marijuana is a good thing? There are people on both sides of the fence. As a father of young children, my stance is firmly on the side of the fence of keeping this drug as illegal as possible.

If you have kids, you most likely prayed hard that they would avoid drugs and alcohol. Once a child becomes intoxicated, childhood is over. The young person will never be the same again. As reported in rapidcityjournal.com.

There seems to be little restraint in society these days. From government spending to personal spending to doing whatever we feel like doing, America seems to be in an “all-in” and “all is good” attitude.

With almost 30 million Americans currently categorized as substance abusers, you would think that we might see drugs and alcohol as the serious problems they are.

So why then have both Washington State and Colorado legalized the use of marijuana? Not only that but Americans across the country are celebrating this as if it is the first step toward national legalization.

Stop the Madness!

The excuses for legalization are nonsense. The usual excuses are put forth: It's a freedom issue. We can tax the drug to generate revenue. It will get the criminal element out of it.

But the truth is that legalized pot (or drugs of any kind) creates massive unintended consequences.

Americans are not alone in their madness.

The Netherlands recently passed a new law, forbidding children from smoking pot in school, and in Portugal, they have legalized all drugs. The result: Drug-related homicides have increased by 40 percent. Drug overdoses are up by 30 percent.

We need to keep drugs off the street and out of our children’s hands. If increased drug classes are not the complete answer, they provide some help. There is no doubt that drugs are pervasive in society. That does not mean we should just give up!