In 2014, after Colorado legalized the recreational use of cannabis, we began hearing that teen use was declining – contrary to prohibitionist propaganda.
Real-world data were beginning to prove that the black market, created through government prohibition, is a prime driver of negativites associated with drugs.
Another study performed by Washington University School of Medicine, published in May of this year, found that teen use of cannabis has significantly decreased as states legalize cannabis.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) analyzed data from 2002-2014 and found that access to cannabis among teens has dropped as the black market declines.
Perhaps removing the mystery of an “illicit” plant and bringing it into the open, where it should be, plays a part in decreasing the attraction
People have used cannabis for thousands of years, and only in the last century did the State suddenly deem this medicinal plant illegal – for reasons that have nothing to do with safety and everything to do with corruption and racism.
This idea that legalization and decriminalization decrease use is nothing new.
While the idea of treating an addict with compassion instead of violence is a revolutionary notion in this country, this criminal ignorance doesn’t exist everywhere.
In other countries, such as Portugal, its effects have been realized for more than a decade.
In 2001, the Portuguese government decriminalized all drugs. 15 years later, drug use, crime, and overdoses have drastically declined in Portugal exposing the disturbing reality of prohibition.
While moderate use among adults is up since 2002, the abuse or dependence on cannabis has decreased with legalization.
Abuse or dependence is tricky to define when it comes to cannabis, considering that it provides medicinal properties for a range of physical and mental conditions
This may be called dependence, but it is a dependence that prevents them from harming themselves or others
Indeed, in states where medical cannabis is legalized, people are abandoning prescription pills in favor of the miraculous plant.
Opioid abuse is also decreasing in states with legal weed.
The CDC study is of particular interest because the DEA just reaffirmed its prohibition of cannabis, maintaining the position that it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
We know the first part is absurdly wrong, as proof of its medical value is indisputable, and now the government’s own study shows that the “potential for abuse” is higher under prohibition.