Sure, why not, eh?
I’ve probably already mentioned I read the local paper (The Columbian) every morning. If not, then I suppose I have now. I have my coffee, check my email lists and the various forums I’ve interest in. Mrs. D. leaves for work at about 0700, five days a week. We kiss at the door and she hands me the paper. I kick the cat out of my chair, settle in and pull the comics out setting them aside. I read those in another room.
The Flat-Earthers* are hysterical over Washington State’s Initiative 502. They cry it will be the doom of our children. The poor younguns are destined to become drug addicts and idiots. NIDA studies are quoted. Doomed…
I can only take so much before I gotta bust something loose. The following appeared on the editorial page here a while back:
A series of recent letters from cannabis legalization opponents have me scratching my head. In my opinion their arguments are in direct conflict with their intent: reducing juvenile cannabis use.
First, their contention is usually that cannabis is a “gateway” drug. This is ludicrous on a number of levels. More studies have discredited this theory than have supported it. There are other issues with it that I can’t delve into here.
Secondly, there’s the study resulting in a correlation between juvenile cannabis abuse and I.Q. reduction. That study is currently being questioned by research peers. Know the argument is a bit of a straw man in the first place because I know of no one in favor of teens “smoking out.”
Put out your torches, folks. Put down the pitch forks. Try to think logically rather than emotionally.
Cannabis regulation through legalization and (honest) education are our best tools in reducing juvenile cannabis abuse (the right tool for the right job, right?). Not hysterical proselytizing from a pulpit constructed of emotionally charged vituperation.
I‘d recommend to these folks taking a hard look at their current tactics. Record shows us the efficacy of the method to be worse than useless.
For 76 years the Flat-Earthers have been beating the same drum, “Marihuana…Assasin of youth!” It’s estimated 6.5% of high school seniors smoke cannabis regularly (NIDA numbers ;^). One would think if those numbers aren’t acceptable, then maybe it’s time to try something else?
One would think, eh?
*not to be confused with the true Flat-Earthers: http://theflatearthsociety.org/cms/