One of my most popular posts on this blog so far was one I wrote about marijuana legalization and Christianity.
In that post, I mentioned that one of the greatest concerns I have with legalizing marijuana is NOT that I want to legislate Christian moral values on people who aren’t Christians (read more about that issue here) – but that it will make it more accessible to children, something that no one on either side of the discussion wants.
It seems that my concern is legitimate, and that this is already happening. The Denver Post published an article this week titled: “Pot problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization”. Here are some quotes from that article:
- [Mike] Dillon… a school resource officer with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, said he is seeing more and younger kids bringing marijuana to schools, in sometimes-surprising quantities.
- school officials believe the jump is linked to the message that legalization (even though it is still prohibited for anyone under 21) is sending to kids: that marijuana is a medicine and a safe and accepted recreational activity. It is also believed to be more available.
- “Kids are smoking before school and during lunch breaks. They come into school reeking of pot,” “They are being much more brazen.”
- when school officials were asked to identify the reason for students’ expulsions. Marijuana came in first. It was listed as being a reason for 32 percent of expulsions.
- National statistics also point to marijuana being more prevalent in schools. The National Institute of Drug Abuse found that marijuana use has climbed among 10th- and 12th-graders nationally, while the use of other drugs and alcohol has held steady or declined.
- “They need to know how destructive it is to the adolescent brain,”
I remember when I was in high school, kids brought pot to school and smoked it at school. I certainly don’t want my kids doing it though, and it seems to me that legalization will only make it more accessible – the facts show that is already happening.
What do you think? Is this something we should be concerned about?
4 thoughts on “Marijuana Legalization and the Effect on Kids”
Good thoughts here, Nick. The law is always, first, a teacher of the values and standards a community upholds. Colorado should not be surprised when we lower our standard of concern for drug use and then have our youth suffer the consequences as they uphold our values.
Great point Jeff!
When i went to school a lot of students smoked marijuana, before and after school. Perhaps they are being bolder now because in the school i attend now, culinary school, i have seen students come in high and get high during the break. Some of them say that it is for medicinal purposes, but most love to get high to relax.
i do not think there is an easy solution.