Legalized marijuana laws posing unexpected danger to children

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  • DKBlack Riverdale, UT
    April 13, 2014 4:54 a.m.

    I have been working since i was 14, I can also write scripts in C# and Javascript, I own my own home, Never been fired from a job, And have completed high school.

    I do not drink alcohol, i have not done cocaine, meth, heroine, etc.

    I am also a regular smoker of marijuana, had to quit multiple times for pre-employment screening with no side-effects.

    now tell me again why marijuana is so bad?

  • timcrow420 hurricane, UT
    June 11, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    I grew up in California, I started smoking marijuana at 13, I am 25 now, and have no serious health risks, I made the smart decision not to have children, so why should my freedom to consume a plant be restricted because some of you feel the need to have liters of kids like dogs do puppies?

    Legalization is coming!

  • Jase orem, UT
    May 30, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    For those saying that legalizing Marijuana is a risk to children they need to look at the positive and negative of the war on drugs.

    1. Kids have easier access to weed when it is illegal. Any kid over the age of 12 likely knows someone he can call for weed, alcohol is much harder to get your hands on.

    2. The percentage of our nation incarcerated tripled with the war on drugs, making criminals of otherwise productive members of society. Don't humor yourself thing alcohol is even remotely safer, because it's far far more dangerous. You might as well call prison Criminal U, because it doesn't rehabilitate. They are bored and scared, and are forced into a gang mentality just to survive. They come out better criminals.

    3. Weed money funds violent gangs here and in other countries. Most gun crime is by those same gangs. Look at how crime declined drastically after Prohibition ended. One is it regulated and sold by legitimate business the amount of control grows drastically.

    4. Countries with legalized weed have less usage rates.

    Make decisions on facts, not emotions.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    May 30, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    How many of the same adults who complain about children and legalized pot (or alcohol or whatever) also tell children that their vitamins are "candy" or "taste good" to assist with compliance, never thinking that this is the first step on the path to blurring the difference between medication and tasty treats? Don't tell me, if you are a reader who has done this, but be honest enough to know and change it now, with the next child you have influence over. I began taking seizure meds when my first was a baby, in 1971. All vitamins, chewable or not, any such thing, was "medicine", to them and to me, still is. They saw me take meds several times a day, and knew what they meant for me, even asked me sometimes if I'd remembered. No, kids are smarter than you think, if you give them the information, and these kids aren't getting it if they are getting into things that make them sick. For their sake, quit lying to them!

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    May 30, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    well, that's because these parents are stupid. Would you leave a prescription for Vicodin, beta blockers or Xanax sitting out where you child could get it? Of course not, because kids don't understand the consequences of taking these drugs. Same thing with legal pot, you shouldn't leave it where kids have access to it. Yet kids get sick from pot exposure, just like kids die from taking mommy or daddys pills. The only good thing about the pot is that it isn't dangerous enough to kill kids.

  • youareallfake auburn, IN
    May 30, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    Yes that's right hide behind the safety of protecting the children then go drink alcohol. Your Hippocratic argument is coming to an end and there is nothing you can do about it.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    May 30, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    Children really are the crux of this and many similar issues.

    Personally, if it wasn't for a desire to keep children safe and sheltered (in a healthy way) for as long as possible, I'd be a full blown Libertarian.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    May 30, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    Colorado and any supporters of legalizing this drug are first line enemies to children and their future. The legalization of marijuana is far from a decision a responsible adult would make.