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Marijuana legalization is a topic that has been bantered about back and forth for decades.

But the issue has never been hotter than since Colorado and Washington states’ voters approved marijuana legalization initiatives.

And while the federal government in America has kept silent about the laws, and a possible national relaxation of the marijuana laws, many other political leaders in North, Central, and South America have vocalized support for a change in the laws.

The feeling is not the same in the great white north.

I don’t see Canada going down that road,” Toronto Police Staff-Insp. Randy Franks told QMI Agency recently when asked about the possibility of legalizing marijuana.

“It’s not something I would want our city, or our country, to be known for,” he said.

Franks leads the the drug squad in Toronto, a city where Controlled Drugs and Substances Act charges have more than doubled in the last decade despite all the talk of marijuana legalization.

But new political leadership could one day overrule the current mentality.

An Ipsos survey conducted last summer found 66% of Canadians support decriminalization of marijuana.

As stated here with the looming legalization in the two states. Marijuana needs to be kept out of the hands of children.

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.

How do you battle the war on drugs in your home? Teensavers helps discover experimentation.

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.

A test to detect teen marijuana use in 3-minutes? Your nose doesn’t know. Teensavers does!

Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon is calling for an end to the drug war.

But President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto has a different view. But a critical piece of the drug debate south of the border is now the legalization of marijuana in two states here.

Nieto sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to discuss the dilemma of being against the legalization of drugs, but seeing the potential economic windfall of controlling illicit substances.

What does it mean to Americans? Since most of the drugs imported into America funnel through Mexico, it’s quite a big deal.

But would legalizing drugs there end cartel activity? Would legalizing drugs here stop the flow of drugs in from Mexico, if we had legalized marijuana growth?

Millions of Americans are obsessed with marijuana, pot, weed, chronic, herb,  420.

Whatever you want to call it, millions of teens are also obsessed with it. They can’t wait to get home from school to smoke it, if they haven’t smoked it during school.

As the nation waits to see the ramifications of the new measures in Washington and Colorado that legalized marijuana, people ponder if the floodgates will open in other states.

If those two states see a boost in the budget, you can bet cash-strapped states will follow suit.

Why should we care if it is legalized if we don’t smoke? It could be because kids will have more access to it.

Kids can easily get their hands on alcohol. All it takes is an older sibling or friend. Kids attend parties already where massive liquor supplies exist.

Why would it be any different with weed?

Studies conflict whether marijuana is the gateway drug, alcohol is a gateway drug, both are, or neither are.

But one has been shown concretely is that marijuana use can damage a teen’s brain, when use is started at an early age, and continued through adulthood.

It may one day be the right thing for adults to try and use responsibly, but legal or not, marijuana is not a drug that should be abused as often as it is by children.

According to the a new survey from the California Office of Traffic Safety we are seeing a tilt in the balance of DUI cases showing that drugged driving may be more prevalent than drunk driving.

The studied showed that more drivers tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

I am not sure how these samples were analyzed, but at a recent prescription drug abuse conference in Fountain Valley, California, a member of the Orange County Crime Lab spoke about the testing of drunk vs. drugged drivers.

She indicated that drugged driving will always be underrepresented because if a driver is both using alcohol and drugs prior to arrest, the test will only screen for drugs when the driver is under .08. If a driver has an alcohol level of .08 or above, they are considered legally under the influence, and no drug information is sought.

If that level is less, then run a drug screen to see if there are additional factors that may be causing problems for drivers to put them under the influence.

As with medicinal marijuana, more people may be driving under the influence now.

Some people in Colorado and Washington, where the voters just legalized marijuana, have raised concerns of the potential increase in drugged driving.

Those laws will not take effect for a while, and the federal government has not indicated whether it will step in and overrule on those voter approved measures.


If intelligent world leaders say that the recent voter-approved marijuana initiatives in Washington and Colorado hampers the war against drugs, what could our kids be thinking?

Simple 3-minute test can detect teen marijuana use, and saliva tests do not work.

Since the two states’ voters approved the laws last week, many countries have spoken out.

Among the most critical are leaders in Latin America. Many of these world leaders have been in a unified fight against drugs, despite the fact that people in their countries are the main producers of these narcotics.

A lot of our marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, is imported through Mexico, either from that country, or countries like Colombia and Ecuador.

Now Mexican President Felipe Calderon is telling America “practice what you preach.”

He is joined by other leaders from Belize, Honduras, and Costa Rica in asking the United Nations’ General Assembly to hold a special session on drugs by 2015.

We will leave the world leaders to debate the issue, but the real concern day to day and from community to community is what do we tell our kids.

Already the Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett is dropping cases against people with marijuana violations after the passage of Amendment 64

Already on Twitter kids are asking about how the laws in Colorado and Washington affect them.

There are thousands of these posts. And while the substances may be legal in those states, parents need to remind their teens that marijuana is still damaging to the developing brain of a teenager.

Studies have shown the harmful effects of teen marijuana use.

Has it killed anyone? No.

However, it can have long-term negative impact on the brain.

And even though marijuana is only legal for people older than 21, we see in every state how easy it is for kids to gain access to to alcohol.

Parents need to be vigilant and have frequent conversations with kids.

Marijuana smokers nationwide had more than the Presidential race on their minds last night.

Three states had marijuana legalization on the ballots last night. The measure went up in smoke in Oregon. But Washington and Colorado voters jointly came together to approve the measures in those two states.

So what happens next?

“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, in a statement. “This is a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug ,so don’t break out the Cheetos or goldfish too quickly.”

Well smokers may not be fixing for snacks yet, but they want access to their weed.

Federal authorities may have another idea; an appeals process that may head straight for the Supreme Court.

The concern here among treatment professionals and counselors is what message did these voter backed measures send to kids?

If marijuana is legal, it must be safe, right?

That’s the message many teens may develop in the wake of the voting. But as we’ve said here, what may be acceptable for adults is not the case for minors.

Studies have shown a loss of IQ over long periods of use when an adult started at a younger age.

The concern here is the children. What adults do in the privacy of their home with legal intoxicants like alcohol and marijuana is up to them.

Hear that marijuana activists? This isn’t a pot is evil rant.

This is a message of concern for the young children who begin to experiment with marijuana, because they think of it as a legalized product.

How many kids begin abusing prescription drugs, because they see them as legal medications?

When in fact, the pills are highly addictive opiates that can often turn teens towards a downward spiral of heroin use.

These laws may not be in the state you live in, but it’s necessary to take notice.

Should the federal government allow, or lose the right to control this law, and it proves as a successful tax raising law, many other states will follow.

Don’t think states in debt, like California, will not turn to marijuana legalization if they see Colorado and Washington raking in the tax money.

In the golden state, Governor Brown’s prop 30, which raises taxes to help support the state, passed with a slim majority.

Don’t think voters won’t turn towards marijuana as a solution in 2 or 4 years if they see a successful model in those other two states.

Voters will especially like the idea of legalizing marijuana if it drops their sales tax or state income tax by a pretty penny.

This may be an opportune time to discuss with your teens the marijuana laws passing in Washington and Colorado.

There’s no doubt teens will be talking about it at high schools and middle schools today.

Parents can remind their kids, that although adults legalized the drug for adults, marijuana can have damaging long term effects on adolescents.

Marijuana initiatives are on the ballot in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado this upcoming election.

It has pot smokers ready to hit the polling booths.

And voters have big decisions, because they need to understand the law.

Here is one story from the Examiner.com that takes a look at the Willie Nelson backed Prop. 80 measure in Oregon.

Click here for the story.

We are constantly filled with stories of celebrity drinking and drug use.

Teensavers likes to look at the other side of the coin, in this latest edition of stars of sobriety.

John Larroquette has quite an accomplished career as an actor on the small screen and on Broadway.

Perhaps a bigger accomplishment is his sobriety. 30-years ago Larroquette had had enough with the drinking and drug use.

He shared a story recently with attendees of an event at the Arapahoe House in Denver, Colorado.

Making the decision to forgo the bottle chose to be a wise one.

A cleaned up Larroquette would go on to star in one of the most popular sitcoms of the 80’s, Night Court. He would also win five Emmy Awards.

And while there may be a mantle that those trophies sit atop, his most cherished possession may be his strength and courage to put down the bottle.

He told the crowd that the he got sober the same day as his father’s birthday.

He marveled at the coincidence.

Then he shared that his father died of alcoholism.

And spoke of how that would be a coincidence he would fight to avoid.

Apsen, Colorado is most known for fun on the slopes.

But there was a new past time that disturbed one father. Drug dealing.


When he found that his 17-year-old daughter was buying and using drugs, he notified police about the man he claimed sold her the drugs.

The anonymous letter captured officers’ attention, and they went to work investigating the alleged dealer. There were no arrests for a while, but coincidentally when they were busting another suspected dealer, they noticed Thomas Simmons on the surveillance video. Officers say that he was trying to conceal drugs that were being tossed by then target Max Puder.

That was enough for officers to obtain a tampering warrant. When they searched his car and home, officers fond “multiple types of drugs, paraphernalia, and money. The drugs recovered included Ecstasy, cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, and approximately 5 grams of other drugs were collected as evidence.”

It all goes back to the father that wrote that note. His letter may not have resulted in an immediate arrest, but he put Simmons on the officers’ radar. And eventually, they were able to bust him.

This is an example of a pro-active parent who refused to stand back and let drugs poison the teens in his community. If you need information about the kinds of drugs in your neighborhood, or perhaps the slang names kids are using to talk about them right under your nose, click HERE.