Legalization Would Make It Harder For Teens To Get Cannabis

Legalization Would Make It Harder For Teens To Get Cannabis

By Neil Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

I was a cop in Maryland for 34 years. I’m the last person who wants to see teenagers using marijuana or any other drug. But whatleap I learned in my 34 years is that if you don’t want teens to have access to something, prohibiting that thing is the worst thing you can do (“Harms of marijuana use,” Dec. 17). Prohibition just puts it in the hands of unregulated, unlicensed dealers who sell product of unknown quality to anyone, which is why teens consistently tell us it’s easier to buy marijuana than to buy alcohol.

If you want to address the problem of underage use, and to ensure marijuana is safer for everyone, put it in the hands of licensed sellers accountable to the government. Not only will this cut back on teen use, it ensures that the profits created go back into our communities — where they can be used for education, treatment and prevention problems — rather than into the pockets of the violent gangs who control the trade on the streets.


  • shawnterrell
    December 30, 2013

    Licence holders should face harsh pen. for selling to teens lose licence in all states plus jail and pay a stiff fine,thats how you keep marijuana from our teens and educate when growers grow it should be monitored with tracking tags run through a data base for each plant when plant is done the tag is sent in with a small sample and tested for potancey

    • slysue
      January 4, 2014

      want much ?

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