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Published: Sunday, Feb. 3 2013 12:37 a.m. MST

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NWP3
West windsor, NJ

Drugs such as methamphetamine and LSD are synthetic already.

ParkCityAggie
Park City, Ut

Perhaps understanding rudimentary psychology can help us explain why kids in Denmark, where marijuana is illegal but "tolerated" by the government, has a lower statistical usage rate by teenagers than it does in the US where we classify it as a Schedule I Controlled Substance. The "taboo" effect as I call it. What is sad is that in this case, the synthetic version of marijuana is likely worse. I think marijuana is easier for kids to get than alcohol. Imagine if marijuana was legal and regulated like alcohol. You have to be 21 to buy it, etc. Do you think drug dealers ask the kids if they are over 21 before selling it? No. Yet if it was legal to purchase in a controlled environment, you cut the dealer out of the picture. You don't see "alcohol dealers" out on the street selling booze to kids. Sure kids who try hard enough will find a way to score some booze, but it's not that easy. We ignore the simple solutions to our drug issue. #1 - take away the taboo aspect of it, you'll see it's use drop. Just look to Denmark!

wynn
Columbus, OH

@ParkCityAggie -

No, let's NOT look to Denmark. I think these countries have more problems with legalized marijuana than you believe.

If the government were to give an age limit to the use of marijuana, then the government would be endorsing it as a substance that is ok to use. All the research about its negative effects would be ignored. Moreover, how does a drug become magically less harmful after a person turns 19 or 21 or whatever? Why do people use marijuana? To get high. When is it safe for someone to get high? It's not. It's not safe to society.

And what about the harder drugs? Should we use the same Denmark rationale and legalize those for people above 21? The reasoning is faulty and dangerous. There are better answers, such as in encouraging parents to spend more time and teach their children, securing our borders, and implementing much tougher laws against drug traffickers and users. The answer is not to embrace the drug with certain restrictions, thus accepting it as a necessary evil. Rather, the answer is in motivating and helping people find fulfillment in things that build instead of destroy.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Cannabis as a cause of stroke in young people is not a myth. It is the leading cause of stroke if under 45. It also reduces the IQ of teens. Not wise to take it. Is it worse than alcohol? Maybe not in the sense alcohol kills people in car accident DUI's. But it is not safe. Amazing what people will do themselves.

ChuloDO
Salt Lake City, UT

Your claim that Denmark and "these countries" have more problems with marijuana than you think," @wynn, is interesting given that Denmark is contemplating legislation that would legalize cannabis for three years and would lead to importation of cannabis from the U.S. (although probably no effect on U.S. use of it). Denmark's reason? Because their own history points to the drug trade worsening when they did a police raid in 2004.

They also have invited representatives from Seattle, where marijuana just became legal, to learn from Washington's experience.
[Sorry; tried to provide references, but it is not permitted.]

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