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People who need to get a job

Sky is falling nonsense from McClatchy — Can states protect kids from recreational marijuana? with some of the usual players…

But to legalization opponents, such promises are a pipe dream, destined to fail. They say it is more likely the U.S. government will unleash a new industry that will try hard to attract young users and turn them into “addicts.” […]

Sabet said he hopes history will repeat itself and that the tide will turn against legalization, as it did in the late 1970s when baby boomers began questioning how the drug would affect kids.

“A retailer needs a modest sign on the outside of the building and a website listing what it has to sell,” said consultant Mark Kleiman, who is also a professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “There is no need to tolerate anything more than that.” […]

Sabet predicted that attracting more young users will be necessary for the economic survival of the industry.

“This is about making sure that kids are hooked early, because that’s the only way that addictive industries make money,” he said. “They don’t make money off casual users, and in order to get addicts, you have to start people young.”

Feel free to have at it in comments, and destroy their arguments, but my favorite response came in the article:

“These people have too much free time and they need to get a job,” countered Steve Horowitz, who runs a medical-marijuana dispensary in Denver but hopes to make the switch to a full recreational operation.

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27 comments to People who need to get a job

  • claygooding

    Since there is no “big marijuana” the campaign to hook kids on marijuana is all inside Kevin’s head,,that makes it imperative that we don’t allow Kevin Sabet to become big marijuana.

  • Paul McClancy

    “Sabet predicted that attracting more young users will be necessary for the economic survival of the industry.

    “This is about making sure that kids are hooked early, because that’s the only way that addictive industries make money,” he said. “They don’t make money off casual users, and in order to get addicts, you have to start people young.”

    Any idea where Kev-Kev get’s the stats to back up his claim? I remember seeing a graph one time when he debated Russ Belville, but I can’t find that specific video.

  • Jean Valjean

    ‘Sabet said he hopes history will repeat itself and that the tide will turn against legalization, as it did in the late 1970s when baby boomers began questioning how the drug would affect kids.”

    Unlike Kev I was actually alive in the late 1970s. I don’t recall too many baby boomers “questioning how the drug would affect kids.” What I do remember is Nancy Regan in the early 80s finding herself criticized for corrupt practices (accepting thousands of dollars of designer dresses) and lavish spending of the public’s money on redecoration of the White House. The media’s criticism evaporated when she distracted their attention with her Just Say No campaign, and from then on the drug war was a fallback staple for every president in need of a scapegoat to distract from their own failed policies and screw-ups.

  • Servetus

    Sabet predicted that attracting more young users will be necessary for the economic survival of the industry.

    Given that the marijuana industry has survived a trillion-dollar failed attempt by governments throughout the world to shut it down, the industry will certainly survive the legal free market minus any need to market to underage consumers.

    • allan

      wth?

      Someone ask Kev-kev why capitalism is good for everything but cannabis?

      We are (now) a nation built upon consuming new… in fact there are those who say we are a society acting very much like we’re suffering an addiction to consuming…

      You lose Kev, go away.

  • claygooding

    No detectable association between frequency of marijuana use and health or healthcare utilization

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/bumc-nda092313.php

    (Boston)–Researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found frequency of marijuana use was not significantly associated with health services utilization or health status. These findings currently appear online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. “snip”

    Please tweet that too Kev and Calvina,,it should be of extreme disinterest too them.

  • tony Aroma

    Teens already are more likely to smoke pot than tobacco.

    Good point! However, I don’t think they realize that it’s a good argument AGAINST prohibition.

  • If Sabet is pinning his hopes on public opinion reversing in the future he is going to be disappointed.

    All this hang-wringing over legalizing weed is really over the top. It’s not that hard, some regulations over quality control (so there’s no pesticides, mold or other undesirable things in the product) and age requirements to keep it mostly out of the hands of the kiddies.

    On pretty much any metric you use, cannabis is less toxic than alcohol. So if Budweiser can run Superbowl commercials, why can’t we have commercials for OG Kush and Blueberry Haze?

  • swansong

    “”Can states protect kids from recreational marijuana?””

    Since when did a parent’s roll in protecting and teaching their children get turned over to the “state”?

    I have parents…my kids have parents…we don’t need anymore. Raise your own kids…leave mine to me.

  • allan

    more whine w/ your cheese Kev?

    Twerp… I don’t know if you’ve noticed Kev but when you go to the beach and walk the water line you can’t tell the rising tide to not get you wet, you have to step away from it. Guess what Kev? We’re the rising tide little buddy (and yes Kev, Gilligan was a pot head)(so was Mary Ann for that matter)(and lord knows what the professor was growing in his secret garden).

  • primus

    OT alert!! I don’t like the term ‘recreational marijuana’. It sounds wrong somehow. How about ‘non-medical cannabis’? Or ‘non-medical marijuana’?

    • allan

      how about…

      – personal use

      – private use

      – the safer-alternative-to-alcohol use

      – the ain’t-nobody’s-business-if-I(we)-do use

      • Plant Down Babylon

        Well spaketh, brother Allan, you ROCK!!

        I nominate you for couch Sheriff (unless you already are).

        Or is that Pete’s job?

      • primus

        Anyone have any other suggestions? I like all yours, Allan, just looking for the ‘just right’ term(s). My theory is that semantics are the key to changing peoples’ minds. If we can change the words used we can help people to see things differently. Then we can effect change.

  • thelbert

    cannabis euphorica

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