“People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children,” said deputy sheriff Carlis McDerment in an op-ed published on D.A.R.E.’s website. “We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer.”
He continues: “Anyone who suggests we outlaw everything dangerous to children would also have to ban stairs, Tylenol, bleach, forks and outlet sockets and definitely alcohol. Those things harm children every day, but anyone championing that we ban them would be laughed at. I support legalization precisely because I want to reduce youths’ drug use.
McDerment adds that “Drug dealers don’t care about a customer’s age. The answer isn’t prohibition and incarceration; the answer is regulation and education.”
Given that D.A.R.E. has consistently compared cannabis to heroin and other hard drugs in regards to its potential dangers and impact on society, many will see this as quite the paradigm shift.
Currently the link to the op-ed on D.A.R.E.’s website is down, but can be found by clicking here.
[Update 7:10AM: D.A.R.E.’s John Lindsay has clarified to the Washington Post that publication of the op-ed was a mistake, and it has since been removed.]