What the legalization of marijuana has meant for children

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  • LiberalJimmy Salt Lake City, UT
    June 2, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    Never hindered me from earning two Ivy League Degrees!

  • JohnThomas Santa Cruz , CA
    May 28, 2014 4:30 p.m.

    If a consumer is having work problems "because they are slowed by the effects of marijuana, it means they are high on the job. No one in reform advocates that. That's called a straw man argument.

    It has no effect on the brain or body beyond the four to six hours of the high. And there is no hangover, like alcohol has. - I'll trust that the more than 100 million Americans who have consumed marijuana will confirm the experience of Carl Sagan.

    The preponderance of the research shows marijuana consumption is NOT a significant cause of auto (or other) accidents. The Hartford Courant confirms this:

    >>>"States that legalized the medical use of marijuana have had a drop in deadly automobile crashes, suggesting that some people who would otherwise drive drunk and kill someone are smoking weed instead, according to research by three economists."

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    May 28, 2014 2:58 p.m.


    "never seen marijuana ruin any adults life...." No significant harm? Sorry, but Carl Sagan is just as ancedotal as stories I could tell you about people losing their jobs because they are slowed by the effects of MJ. And in certain jobs it would make them dangerous. Plus I've heard of studies that say it does indeed have a negative effect on the brain. And would you want an airline pilot lighting up just before a flight? Not me. Anything that alters the natural state can have a negative impact depending upon what that particular person is doing. No doubt some artists or intellects have used those substances to create, but it is not proven that what they created could not have been done without using them. That is just a subjective opinion, nothing concrete.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    May 28, 2014 1:35 p.m.

    And here we go again. The usual suspects start bleating "the children" and the usual sheep get in line to follow. No thinking. No discussion. No reasoning. No logic. Just "the children"!

    The war on drugs has done more to militarize the police and destroy civil rights and freedoms than anything else in the history of this country.

    But, you know, the children!

  • JohnThomas Santa Cruz , CA
    May 28, 2014 1:13 p.m.

    @happy2bhere - You've never seen marijuana ruin any adult's life. Research and widespread experience have shown marijuana has NO significant harms.

    >>>"The results are never positive when they are used for recreation"

    Absurd. Marijuana is famous for sparking great creativity and insight. - World-renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan had a brilliant career. He smoked marijuana every day recreationally. He said:

    ***"The devastating insights achieved when high are real insights... I can remember one occasion... in which I had an idea on the origins and invalidities of racism in terms of Gaussian distribution curves. It was a point obvious in a way, but rarely talked about. I drew the curves in soap on the shower wall, and went to write the idea down. One idea led to another, and at the end of about an hour of extremely hard work I found I had written eleven short essays on a wide range of social, political, philosophical, and human biological topics... From all external signs, such as public reactions and expert commentary, they seem to contain valid insights. I have used them in university commencement addresses, public lectures, and in my books."

  • Kally Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    For proper comparison, how many children are admitted to the hospital every year for overdoses related to other medications their parents are taking? How many are admitted for exposure to alcohol or tobacco? How many are admitted for overdosing on children's medications?

    What are the harmful effects of exposure/overdose to marijuana? What are the harmful effects of exposure/overdose of these other things?

    It is all well and great to worry about the children who suffer from exposure to marijuana, but let's put it into perspective so that we really know the truth, shall we?

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    May 28, 2014 9:45 a.m.


    Your're certainly correct about kids and guns, which they should be kept away from until they are responsible adults, but cigarettes are in fact a drug that people get addicted to and cause a lot of health problems and expense to society. They're no good for anyone whether legal or illegal either.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 28, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    This is a stoke the fire article. Kids are being harmed far more by being cigarette or gun adjacent but those are taboo to discuss.

  • The Wraith Kaysville, UT
    May 28, 2014 9:00 a.m.

    I am reminded of a documentary on prohibition I watched recently. Many commentators remarked that it was far easier to get a drink during prohibition than after; especially for children. The speakeasies didn't care how old their customers were they just cared if they could pay. Once prohibition ended bars had to follow drinking age laws and it suddenly became much more difficult for underage kids to get a drink. Right now it is far easier for children to gain access to marijuana than it would be if the substance was legalized.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    May 28, 2014 8:36 a.m.


    Well, you certainly carry the typical Santa Cruz attitude on the subect of drugs. As for me, I've seen all drugs, including legal ones like alchol and prescription, ruin many lives and families. The human being is just too susceptable to becoming addicted to any of these. The results are never positive when they are used for recreation or escape. Drug use is the bane of humanity. Legalization of drugs people use to "feel good" will only result in more damage to society, not less. Even now, with marijauana being legalized in more places, the pushers are trying to addict more people on heroin. The only answer to all this human damage and crime is truly what Nancy Reagan said many years ago. Just say no. If people would not use these things, then the need for pushers to provide them would go away. Simple as that.

  • JohnThomas Santa Cruz , CA
    May 28, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    @slcdenizen - Right, except it is not "our" belief that rules, but the machinations of power and wealth, aka the One-Percent.

  • Pardon-me-twice Tooele, UT
    May 28, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    Children should not be any where near the stuff for ethical and physical reasoning. Back in the 70's I was a witness to a 2 yr. old following a joint around the room and he was even inhaling the junk. Last I heard the father was still in prison.
    I stopped using the stuff a long time ago, don't be fooled by ya know who.

  • slcdenizen Murray, UT
    May 28, 2014 7:25 a.m.


    At the expense of sounding patronizing and perhaps cynical, the purpose of this article is to stoke ignorant alarm amongst the faithful in Utah. We care less about following evidence to it's natural conclusion and more about promoting traditional understanding regardless of accuracy. For example, many will remain opposed to legalizing marijuana due to the seven children mentioned in the article. Meanwhile dozens of children are hospitalized or killed by automobiles and a simple fix would be to propose legislation that sets a timetable for private automobiles to be computer driven and thus safer for children. Nothing of the sort will be proposed however, because our concern for children is superceded by our political beliefs.

  • JohnThomas Santa Cruz , CA
    May 28, 2014 2:00 a.m.

    Children who go to the hospital after accidently eating marijuana are not in any real danger. The "treatment" is a couple of hours rest, a mild sedative, and they're good to go. This will lessen as we get more experienced with edibles.

    It is the fraudulent, counter-productive prohibition that mostly puts marijuana into children's hands - in their schools, parks and playgrounds. - Legal, licensed vendors won't sell to minors.

    Marijuana doesn't cause significant harm to the brain, or any other part of the body. In fact, research shows marijuana protects the brain from the deadly swelling of trauma, gives the brain more stamina, helps prevent Alzheimer's and similar disease, and actually stimulates the production of new brain cells.

    Is there anyone who thinks butane hash oil explosions wouldn't be happening if marijuana had not been re-legalized in Colorado? It would be worse, of course, with no hope of regulating it.

    The topic is not marijuana. It's the fraudulent marijuana prohibition. It has never accomplished one positive thing. It has ONLY caused vast amounts of crime, violence, corruption, death and the severe diminishment of everyone's freedom.