Today the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed highlighting problems with legalizing marijuana in any capacity.
Among other things, the article notes:
- Marijuana is six times more potent today than it was 30 years ago.
- Since 2011 marijuana consumption among youth rose by 9.5% in Colorado and 3.2% in Washington even as it dropped 2.2% nationwide.
- Marijuana businesses gravitate toward low-income and minority communities in Colorado.
- Marijuana use during adolescence hurts IQ and increases the risk of schizophrenic.
- Marijuana-related traffic deaths has roughly doubled in Washington and increased by a third in Colorado.
All of this underscores what we have said for years: Marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.