That’s the only conclusion I can gather from this article in the Pioneer Press: Legalization talk cited in teen pot use spike
A discussion of legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois is likely fueling an increase in the number of Park Ridge teenagers using the substance, the Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation contends.
Margaret Polovchak, executive director of MCYAF, said increased dialogue about marijuana legislation in the state leads to a greater public perception that the substance is not harmful, resulting in a growing number of users.
“It has impacted our students’ use rate, as we anticipated,” Polovchak said. […]
During recent meetings MCYAF has been encouraging members to contact state legislators to express their opposition to the bill.
What a bizarrely un-American view! Because Margaret Polovchak thinks (without any causal evidence) that discussions of medical marijuana have caused an increased of marijuana use among teens, we not only shouldn’t pass medical marijuana (regardless of its value or the lives that can be saved), but we shouldn’t even talk about it.
What other conclusion can there be?
Not only is Polovchak opposed to the 1st Amendement, guaranteeing free speech, but she feels that our legislators shouldn’t be allowed to talk about it either.
If Ms. Polovchak really gave a damn about any of those kids at Maine Township, she’d learn enough to realize two critically important things:
- Keeping children from learning is not the job of our educational system.
- If you really want to reduce availability of marijuana to kids, you need to regulate it.
Oh, and a note to Jennifer Johnson, who wrote the article. I’m guessing you must have studied at Maine Township yourself given your ignorance of proper journalism. To allow Polovchak’s bizarre and unsupported (in terms of causality) assertion to stand unopposed is some of the worst journalism I’ve seen.