Aug 102014
 August 10, 2014

youth teen young adult marijuana usage medical marijuana‘What about the children?’ Kevin Sabet, Patrick Kennedy, and other marijuana opponents should make T-shirts with that phrase on it and wear it at every speaking engagement that they get paid to appear at. Many of their arguments against marijuana reform revolve around that phrase these days. Marijuana opponents try hard to scare the American public into thinking that if/when marijuana is legalized, a teenage stoner epidemic will immediately follow. Unfortunately for marijuana opponents, statistics released by Colorado state health officials this week prove that marijuana opponents’ claims are wrong. Per The Durango Herald:

Thirty-day marijuana use fell from 22 percent in 2011 to 20 percent in 2013, and lifetime use declined from 39 percent to 37 percent during the same two years, according to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey released by the Department of Public Health and Environment.

“Regulating marijuana is working in Colorado. The drop in teen use reflects the fact that state and local authorities have far more control over marijuana than ever before,” said Mason Tvert, a proponent of Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana, and spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Hopefully, elected officials and voters in other states are paying attention.”

If Kevin Sabet and Patrick Kennedy are truly worried about teenage marijuana use after legalization, than they can put their fears to rest. Not only is there not an epidemic of teenage marijuana consumption in Colorado after legalization, but statistics show that teenage consumption is declining in Colorado after legalization. Want to reduce teenage consumption of marijuana in your state? Legalize marijuana. Math is impossible to argue with, and I can’t wait to see what Mr. Sabet, Mr. Kennedy, and the other folks at S.A.M. have to say about the new statistics.

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  • Valient

    Major news outlets have been running this story as “Less Colorado teens think Marijuana is dangerous” because the results of those surverys also said that went from 58% to 54%. They provide the lowered use numbers also but don’t really say anything about them, as if they’re trying to imply that people thinking it’s less harmful is a bad thing.

  • mike1188

    Sabet and Kennedy only care about one thing people it’s there wallets. How can they lie about something that has been proven day after day the what they say is either false or an outright lie.

  • guest

    I cannot believe how Kevin Sabet is regarded as this authority on the other side of the pot debate, when the other side of the debate is just a pack of lies. There is no other side, just big pharma and the prison-industrial complex lurking in the shadows.

    • Dusty Relic

      He’s a blessing in disguise if you ask me. If they had an original thinker who came up with original arguments against repealing prohibition then they might pose a serious threat. Instead they have jokers like Sabet, Patrick Kennedy, and Michele Leonhart.

      • Captain Obvious

        These jokers wont look the best in historical re-enactments or in the plethora of Hollywood movies to be made.

        • Dusty Relic

          That depends on the genre of the reenactment. I see a lot of material for comedies and spoofs.

          • Captain Obvious

            The pain is too deep… dramas galore! However, those comedies and spoofs may actually ease the PTSD as well. The psychology of smiling is very interesting……

            Hopefully everyone has ample popcorn provisions on hand!

            “Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.”

            ― George Orwell, 1984

  • Captain Obvious

    Alcohol prohibition saw the same increase in teen use. Now we ID.