What about the children?

Teenagers using less marijuana in age of legalization

A new study published The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse has found that teens are using marijuana less frequently and are less attracted to it now that it is decriminalized or legalized at the state level.

The data challenges many assumptions about how changing cannabis laws may impact children.

Opponents of legalization often tout scientifically unsupported notions about teen marijuana use. […]

The study, conducted by the University of Texas at Austin, looked at data spanning from 2002 to 2013 in the federal National Home Survey on Drug Use and Health. They found that younger teens aged 12- to 14-years-old showed an impressive 25 percent decline in cannabis use from 6 percent in 2002 to 4.5 percent in 2013.

Older teens aged 15- to 17-years-old also showed a significant decline in use from 26 percent in 2002 down to 22 percent in 2013. […]

“These findings belie the myth that society must perpetuate a policy of criminalization and exaggeration in order to dissuade young people from experimenting with cannabis,” said Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML and the co-author of the book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? “It makes no sense from a public health perspective, a fiscal perspective or a moral perspective to perpetuate the prosecution and stigmatization of those adults who choose to responsibly consume a substance that is objectively safer than either alcohol, tobacco, or many of the prescription drugs it could replace.” […]

Lying to kids has also been a very bad move. In 2009, the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania found that government funded anti-marijuana ads (remember the old eggs-in-the-frying-pan commercials?) actually made teens more likely to want to try a toke.

I guess when Grandpa’s smoking a bowl on the front porch, it’s less of a draw for the kiddies.

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20 Responses to What about the children?

  1. kaptinemo says:

    “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when we think our children are naive.” – Ogden Nash

    And how rightfully contemptuous those children are of those who thought them so.

    My parents were old school; Da sat us down and told us to experiment with alcohol at home, not make a spectacle of ourselves or endanger anyone else by driving inebriated. He made it plain that after the cops and the judges, we’d have to deal with him. Da was a Marine; enough said. The bottles were placed in plain sight, with no pencil marks on the labels.

    I never touched a drop. Ever. That did it. It was no mystery. No cachet of ‘forbidden fruit’. Booze became boring.

    And that’s what you have to do with almost any psychotropic. Make it out as no big deal, and it won’t become one.

    • divadab says:

      And how much respect for government, the police, and the law has been destroyed by the crime of prohibition and the lies that support it? These filthy lying prohibitionists are creating disrespect for government with their criminal program. I want to respect my government – and it is truly difficult to do so when it is so clearly enforcing a program of unjust dominion based on lies and a desire to marginalize and oppress “undesirables”.

      • kaptinemo says:

        At one time, long ago, as a child I trusted government. But as I matured I realized that if you need to be constantly vigilant about your freedoms, being encroached upon by that same government, then it becomes just what Nock called it.

        To me, government is exactly what George Washington is attributed to have called it: a ‘useful servant’ when held in proper check…and a ‘fearful master’ when it isn’t.

        These past 40 years in my memory it has been acting like the latter. I doubt many here would disagree.

        Jefferson warned us long ago: “In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

        Which is why government must be muzzled, chained to the wall with a short leash and fed kibble, lest it grow too strong and break its bonds…as it has, with the predictable and predicted results.

      • B. Snow says:

        “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.”

        John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

        And later they figured out how to leverage this racists/classist crap – to effectively remove nearly all those persons right to vote…
        Helping to make it just that much harder to reverse in that new political environment.

        • thelbert says:

          seems that nixon and his crew didn’t let any chance to bugger the common man go to waste, did he?

  2. N.T. Greene says:

    If we put any more nails into this coffin, we’d have to start calling it a box of nails instead.

    • Duncan20903 says:


      When you’re dealing with a crazed, undead Anslinger all hopped up on prohibition, I think that it’s better to pound in a few extra nails because nobody knows how many nails are required to keep him secured.

      • Will says:

        I can hear it now. As prohibitions fall, career prohibitioinists will be attending meetings, trying to overcome their addictions to lying and denying;

        “Hello, my name is Kevin and I’m an Undead Anslinger…”

      • kaptinemo says:

        Nope, the last time this subject came up, I suggested that he be disinterred, cremated in the coffin, urinate on the ashes, and have the ashes launched offworld, preferably jettisoned into the Sun.

        Don’t waste any more good hardware on his @$$; save the nails because somebody’s house needs ’em.

        Harry didn’t belong with decent folks when he was alive; why should his cemetery neighbors have to put up with his nasty self?

  3. claygooding says:

    I think the main reason kids are using it less is this great group of volunteers on this couch that have sworn to make sure no young person gets there hands on any marijuana we have,,we have voluntarily destroyed every gram we could get aholt of and will continue to volunteer for this thankless yet fulfilling volunteer work.

  4. Will says:

    What the hell are prohibitionists supposed to do? We keep replacing their crutches with cattle prods. It’s a bit cruel — but so well deserved.

    Bang! Clank! THUD!

  5. Tony Aroma says:

    Great article, then I got to the punch line at the end:

    Legislators should take note and be driven by facts, not false fears.


  6. DdC says:

    Opponents of a 4 yr old girl using cannabis for Epileptic seizures. Push racketeering law to stop her.

    Safe Streets Alliance’s preferred Treatment of a 4 yr old girl using cannabis for Epileptic seizures.

    Think of the message being sent to the kids?

    ☛ The Assassins of Youth: DARE † FRCn PDFA

    Throwaways… another disposable weapon in the arsenal of a drug worrier. Kids plea bargain informants.

    “The oppressed should rebel, and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance until their civil rights are fully restored to them and all partial distinctions, exclusions and incapacitations are removed”
    ~ Thomas Jefferson, 1776.

  7. DdC says:

    How far reaching is the license to completely change definitions. Stretching words out of their defined meaning. Now black is literally white as the drug worriers once again bait and switch to frighten the kids into believing their very lucrative scam. Nothing in this display is accurate. Always blaming drug abuse for the harm done by prohibition and the drug worriers. Replacing DARE with nonsense visual aids is no different than why they removed DARE. Indoctrination of Hate, to school kids. That is child molestation and each member responsible should have to tell their neighbors what they are. Disgusting insult on American values.

    Children, parents get interactive look at drug abuse during Fresno Reality Tour
    Nearly 200 people on Saturday witnessed the dramatic journey of an average high school student whose drug use lands him first in jail, then in a casket as part of the Reality Tour’s stop in Fresno.

  8. Servetus says:

    In a smart marketing move that isn’t advertising, Big Marijuana, the bane of Kevin Sabet and his Little SAM, has donated $100,000 to Colorado to help clean up stretches of highway near Denver.

    SAM never considered the possibility that the corporate culture of Big Marijuana is likely to differ from the usual craven capitalists due its former outlaw status, its environmental benefits, it’s dedication to the sick and disabled, and its longtime support of citizen underdogs who needed to make some decent money now and then to pay for college. Little SAM will be challenged to come up with matching funds, or forever keep their stupid mouths shut about Big Marijuana.

    Big Marijuana—it’s not Walmart.

    • Towelie says:

      Not so fast!


      Oh… It’s a poe.


      • DdC says:

        KFC Gets Occupational Business License To Sell Marijuana In Colorado Restaurants theracketreport.com
        Currently, 42 of the nearly 100 KFC franchises in the state #KushForCure

        I’m Lovin’ it

        Rare Vietnam Brisk Tea “Acapulco Gold and Vietnam blend”

        Have a Marijuana 1968

        Pot Potency?
        Boomers’ blissfully unfazed by mere facts.

        The Nightly Sermon on the Blunt;

        The depth’s they’ve lowered themselves in muck and filth to maintain lies against the people. Sabetage SAM is a moldy relic losing his perspective, clinging to floating turds as he and his cohorts are flushed. Smart shopping would do more than begging the Wall St owned District of Colombia slaves we elected. Corporations and greedy spoiled brats inheriting wealth only profit when someone buys their chemical drugs and cotton crops. Crude oil clothing is still dominant. Hemp nutrition instead of fast fat foods leading to fat pharma. Or their GMO fake food approved as was Glyphosate, Now Recently EPA-Approved 2,4-D Weed-Killer Also Linked to Cancer Don’t buy it.

        Locally grown cannabis in all of its forms with hundreds of products to produce local markets without the Chinese MalWart imports or India outsourcing. The people vs end justifying means profits. Necessity should be a relic, no excuse for hungry or homeless citizens. Kevie Kev will be shunned and as irrelevant as Calvina howling at the windbags. Knowing you can remove the blinders and discover the truth without corporate media or prohibitionist’s interpretations. Then continue wearing them, following fools blindly in continuing circles as if no one else can see. You are a blight on humanity. Too lazy to risk living without permission. Too afraid of the hobgoblins in spite of the real pain from a lack of something, diverted to pay for the hobgoblins. “Don’t lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools.”

  9. kaptinemo says:

    OT: Show-Me Cannabis Sues NITRO Drug Task Force

    On July 14, 2015, Show-Me Cannabis announced the latest in a series of lawsuits aimed at requiring Missouri’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces to obey state laws regarding open public records and open public meetings. The case targets the NITRO Task Force, headquartered in Grundy County and also operating in half a dozen or more counties in Northwestern Missouri, for its ongoing, unlawful refusal to properly allow Show-Me Cannabis access to open public records.

    We’ve encountered a lot of law-breaking among Missouri’s drug task forces, but NITRO’s behavior in this case is in a category of its own. NITRO is unique in its claims to be neither a state nor a federal entity and in its refusal to comply with either state or federal laws that require transparency to the public. They have refused to provide a single document in response to multiple open records requests, and even denied their own existence in a recorded phone call when we were trying to submit a request.

    The thieves are going to wish they kept proper records of what they stole. They always thought they’d be able to get away with this forever, because they always thought they’d have political backing courtesy of (ignorant, aged) voters electing prohibition-supporting pols.

    That backing is literally dying off by the thousands every day, and what is replacing them electorally is not interested in prohibition, but reform. Including forfeiture reform. And they will not be fobbed off.

    The thieves-with-badges will regret their ‘highwayman’ ways. And this is just the beginning.

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