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Prosecutors: Ariz. leaders should oppose marijuana

MThree of Arizona’s top prosecutors are calling on political and civic leaders to oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk are asking state leaders to stand on the side of decreasing drug use among youth.

The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project filed paperwork in Arizona to begin fundraising for a marijuana legalization ballot measure for 2016.

A University of Michigan survey shows states with medical marijuana make up the top 10 states for illicit use of marijuana by minors between ages 12 and 17.

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4 comments

  1. Pointing to youths sourcing cannabis from medical-card holders is spurious reasoning clearly designed to scare those who aren’t paying close attention. If you want to convince, show that those minors were not using cannabis before the medical regime began. If that’s not the case, the minors are now getting their weed from safer sources, and that’s actually an improvement.

  2. :::”A University of Michigan survey shows states with medical marijuana make up the top 10 states for illicit use of marijuana by minors between ages 12 and 17″

    Stop with the straw man propaganda. It does not work this day in age. Those states always had greater usage rates.

    FOUR separate peer-reviewed studies show that legalizing medical cannabis has not increased cannabis usage in teens:

    “This study did not find increases in adolescent marijuana use related to legalization of medical marijuana.”
    Choo et al. The Impact of State Medical Marijuana Legislation on Adolescent Marijuana Use. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2014.

    “Our results suggest that, in the states assessed here, MMLs have not measurably affected adolescent marijuana use in the first few years after their enactment.”
    Lynne-Landsman et al. Effects of state medical marijuana laws on adolescent marijuana use. Am J Public Health. 2013.

    “We find limited evidence of causal effects of MMLs on measures of reported marijuana use.”
    Harper et al. Do medical marijuana laws increase marijuana use? Replication study and extension. Ann Epidemiol. 2012.

    “Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the legalization of medical marijuana caused an increase in the use of marijuana and other substances among high school students.”
    Anderson et al. Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use. IZA 2012.

  3. I am almost embarrassed to admit that I am inclined to believe our kids before I believe the legions of addiction specialists, prosecutors, and other law enforcement officials who are paid for their opinions by the War on Drugs. They want to blame an increase in marijuana use on medical marijuana patients. No one in the medical marijuana community condones diversion. Although I do not condone others diverting medical marijuana I am relieved that kids are not getting marijuana and black tar heroin from a cartel dealer. The SAMSHA drug surveys conducted yearly by the federal government have reported for close to twenty years now that kids say that they can get marijuana more easily than alcohol or tobacco. Most said that they could get it in 30 minutes or less if they choose to do so. This means that our children also have access to black tar heroin, meth, and other dangerous drugs from cartel dealers that bring them by the ton crossed our Southern border. As a society we have decided to allow adults to use tobacco and alcohol even though we realize that they are dangerous and that kids should not use them. We keep these substances from kids by requiring those who sell them to ask for ID’s and we take away their licenses to sell if they are caught doing so. The real question that will be posed by the legalization ballots is, “If people are determined to continue to use marijuana, do you support sales by the Mexican drug cartels who also sell meth, cocaine, and black tar heroin and settle their disputes with guns on our streets and in our neighborhoods or do you support legal marijuana retailers that ask for ID, pay taxes, do not sell other drugs, and refuse to sell to our kids?” Legalize marijuana and regulate in 2016. We have to make marijuana at least as hard for our children to obtain as alcohol and tobacco. Prosecutors have not been able to make marijuana as hard to get as other substances that we keep out of the hands of kids because they are regulated. It is clear that regulation already works for tobacco and alcohol better than prohibition of marijuana. This is the right thing to do for our communities, for our children, and for the people of Arizona. A vote for cannabis legalization does not condone its use, it condemns a costly prohibition that causes more harm than it prevents.

  4. Aram Chorebanian, JD

    ARIZONANS WERE FOOLED
    The 2010 Medical Marijuana Law was promoted heavily by the marijuana lobby which argued that it was necessary for those with serious illnesses.
    FACT CHECK; Arizona Department of Health Services website indicates that most young people now with marijuana cards (claiming for pain) are getting it to get high and not for serious illnesses.
    In May 2015 a survey by the University of Michigan showed that the 10 states with medical marijuana laws (including Arizona) had the most illicit use of marijuana by minors between ages 12 and 17.
    Pain is easy to fake and impossible to disprove !
    Is smoking marijuana harmless ? The active ingredient in cannabis is THC, Delta 9 (tetrahydrocannabinol) which remains in the body for months, especially when smoked due to the ingestion of TAR 75% more cancer causing than tobacco smoke due mainly to being inhaled deeply and held in the mouth)
    Now Arizonans are being asked to sign petitions for a ballot initiative in November 2016 to legalize the recreational use of marijuana throughout Arizona.

    DON’T BE FOOLED FOR A SECOND TIME !

    The American Lung Association, the American Medical Association, and the Surgeon General of the United States all warn that:
    “THE REGULAR SMOKING OF MARIJUANA WILL EVENTUALLY KILL YOU”

    DON’T BE AN ARIZONA POT HEAD !!

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