Since voters in Washington and Colorado approved marijuana legalization legislation last month, many people, including world leaders, questioned whether the war on drugs is still effective.
The Atlantic takes a look at the notion today.
It’s interesting when you think of the quality factor. The fact that pot smokers are now much more of connoisseurs of cannabis, and not just grass smokers plays a big role in the war on drugs.
Whether legalized or not, or allowed for medicinal purposes, the number one factor is delivering a message to children that marijuana is harmful for the brains of adolescents.
You can slice the legalization argument 10 ways on why it should be taxed and sold in America, but the bottom line is that kids can never think that it is OK to smoke.
Recent studies showed adults who smoked marijuana with kids, and continued with regularity through adulthood, showed a loss of IQ.
The threat to a developing young brain is monumental.
Too many people spout that marijuana is a harmless drug, and that nobody has ever died from using marijuana.
But teen who smoke can pay the price with their brain development, and marijuana can be a gateway drug for young users.