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More responses to Drug Czar’s outrageous statements

Paul Armentano at NORML: Drug Czar Blames Rising Teen Pot Use On Medical Cannabis Laws Rather Than On His Own Failed Policies

Okay, let me get this straight: California enacted legislation legalizing the physician-supervised use of medical marijuana in 1996 — some fourteen years ago — thus kicking off the national debate that is still taking place today. Between 1996 and 2005, nine additional states enacted similar laws (Alaska, 1999; Colorado, 2000; Hawaii, 2000; Maine, 1999; Montana, 2004; Nevada, 2000; Oregon, 1998; Vermont, 2004; Washington, 1998). Yet, the Drug Czar claims to the national media that this discussion has only been taking place in earnest for “the past couple years”?! Does he really think the public is that stupid?! […]

But wait, it gets even sillier. One statistic gleaned from the Monitoring the Future study that was not emphasized by the Drug Czar (for obvious reasons) was that more than eight out of ten 12th graders report that marijuana is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get — a percentage that has remained constant for three and a half decades! So much for the notion that criminal prohibition is limiting youth marijuana access.

Mike Meno at Marijuana Policy Project:

“It’s really no surprise that more American teenagers are using marijuana and continue to say it’s easy to get. Our government has spent decades refusing to regulate marijuana in order to keep it out of the hands of drug dealers who aren’t required to check customer ID and have no qualms about selling marijuana to young people,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “The continued decline in teen tobacco use is proof that sensible regulations, coupled with honest, and science-based public education can be effective in keeping substances away from young people. It’s time we acknowledge that our current marijuana laws have utterly failed to accomplish one of their primary objectives – to keep marijuana away from young people – and do the right thing by regulating marijuana, bringing its sale under the rule of law, and working to reduce the unfettered access to marijuana our broken laws have given teenagers.”

Jacob Sullum at Hit and Run: Drug Czar Blames Cancer and AIDS Patients for Increase in Pot Use by Teenagers

The timing of the increase in marijuana use does not seem to fit this theory. States began legalizing the medical use of marijuana in 1996, after which past-month marijuana use among high school seniors went up and down until 2003, when it began a decline that continued until 2007. Furthermore, as the Drug Policy Alliance’s Bill Piper points out, states that have liberalized their marijuana policies have not seen noticeably bigger increases in use than states that have not

Mason Tvert, writing at FireDogLake: Teen Marijuana Use Up, Alcohol Use Down – A Good Thing?

According to the annual Monitoring the Future survey released today by the National Institutes of Health, marijuana use is up and alcohol use is down amongst America’s teens.

Although U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske has taken to the airwaves to tell us “we should be very concerned about these marijuana numbers,” those numbers might actually be indicative of progress. […]

Not surprisingly, the drug czar is singling out medical marijuana laws and the debate surrounding them as the be-all-end-all cause of teens’ ease in attitude toward marijuana. This from a guy overseeing a major anti-marijuana ad campaign that has actually been found to increase the likelihood that those frequently exposed to the ads will experiment with marijuana. And when’s the last time you heard him complain about all the TV ads and billboards — visible to young and older people alike — that tout beer and liquor as the key to a good time. . . .

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6 comments to More responses to Drug Czar’s outrageous statements

  • I believe… Herr Droopy has just put his foot in his mouth and is about to be hoisted by his own petard.

    This is brewing like a perfect storm. If drug policy reform “leaders” (those at the top of the heap with media acceptance) (*cough* Ethan…) will set their teeth into this it may be time to move from safety flagging to a (de-)counstruction site fence.

    This will be hitting the papers and TV in the next day or two. Write those letters, comment on those stories, post on those blogs! If you’re an Oped type, write one tonite or tomorrow for your local rag.

    Let’s saw this lying son of an unknown father’s words into little bits. And make him eat them…

    Put on your ganja dancing shoes me hearties, Bob Marley is singing and Droop Dogg’s on the menu! Fire up the barbie and let’s have Kzar Kebabs.

    And someone please… uh… let Mr. Obama know, whether he follows thru on his pledge to let science and truth lead his policies or not, we’re sticking to them as our principles.

  • claygooding

    And please,send them both a new dictionary with legalization “highlighted”. :<)

  • More lies, More deception...

    So Gil o’Droopy forgot that his beloved federal government funded a study that shows cannabis doesnt cause cancer. Has he also forgot that teens can read when not texting or tweeting. So does he really think that a study showing truth about cannabis has no impact on teens.

    Sorry Gil , if there really is a relaxed attitude, its the federal governments doing…oh… maybe thats the idea . The right hand doesnt know (*cough*) what the left hand is doing? There by helping create the very (*cough*) problem its fighting? Humm.. sounds alot like other wars with false flag activity.

    I learned to watch the other hand long time ago.

  • Duncan20903

    Pete asks the question
    “Does he really think the public is that stupid?!”

    I don’t know. What would H.L Menken’s have to say about this issue?

    IIRC he said “nobody ever went broke from underestimating the intelligence of the American people.”

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