This week, U.S. “Drug Czar” Gil Kerlikowske outlined the country’s new “21st century” drug policies in San Francisco.
Given the recent legalization of weed in Colorado and Washington, they might not be what you’re expecting.
At a meeting of police and law enforcement officials at the University of San Francisco on Monday, Kerlikowske, head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, bashed both medical and recreational marijuana.
Kerlikowske explained that calling marijuana a medicine “sends a terrible message” to the country’s youth, leading them to use marijuana more often than tobacco because they think it is safer, according to the SF Examiner.
As The Dude would say: Well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.
According to the Reason Foundation, changing views and marijuana reform do not have such an effect on teen cannabis usage. In fact, statistics show that over the past few decades teen pot use in particular demographics has either declined or stayed statistically the same, while public acceptance has hit “record highs.”
Similarly, marijuana usage among teens is much lower than it was in the ‘70s, a time when legalization was a much less popular notion.
– Read the entire article at SF Bay.