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Study Says It’s Easier For Teens To Buy Marijuana Than Beer

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director August 28, 2009

    It’s that time of year — time for one of America’s leading prohibitionist organizations, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (aka CASA), to once again report that seven-plus decades of criminal pot prohibition have resulted in making cannabis more readily available to teens than alcohol!

    Study Says It’s Easier For Teens To Buy Marijuana Than Beer
    via KPVI News 6

    A recent study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has some startling results about teens and drugs.

    In their study, they found that 40 percent of teens could get marijuana within a day; another quarter said they could get it within an hour. In another portion of the survey, teens between the ages of 12 and 17 say it’s easier to get marijuana than buy cigarettes**, beer or prescription drugs. That number is up 37 percent from 2007.

    [**Note: The CASA study actually reported that teens could more readily access pot than beer or prescription drugs; the percentage of teens reporting that either marijuana or cigarettes were the “easiest to buy” were equal (26 percent) — got to love the mainstream media’s dedication to accuracy in reporting. That said, the percentage of Americans actually smoking cigarettes is now at an all-time low.]

    Ask any advocate of marijuana prohibition, including CASA’s head Joseph ‘Russian Roulette’ Califano, why they oppose legalization and you will almost always receive the same response: Keeping pot illegal keeps it out of the hands of children. Yet CASA’s own survey demonstrates once again that just the opposite is true. In fact, it’s legalization, regulation, and public education — coupled with the enforcement of age restrictions — that most effectively keeps mind-altering substances out of the hands of children.

    Abdicating the production and distribution of pot solely to black market criminal entrepreneurs increases, rather than decreases, teens’ access to cannabis.

    In short, no system could possibly provide America’s children with greater access to weed than the one we have: prohibition. Now when will our elected officials get the message?

    125 Responses to “Study Says It’s Easier For Teens To Buy Marijuana Than Beer”

    1. Lea says:

      It’s nice to be smarter than these idiots. Every MJ activist already knows that teens can get pot easier.
      Every MJ activist knows that NOTHING they do will change peoples desire for soft drugs like pot.

      When will the elected officials get the message?
      At first reaction my answer is NEVER. But wait, I know I put that crystal ball somewhere.

    2. Rick James says:

      haha wow, when will they ever see that prohibition just makes it worse…?

      I honestly think if they just taxed and regulated it like they do alcohol there will be a huge decrease in drug related crimes…and the government would actually be making billions for $$$ but would rather pointlessly waste money trying to criminalize it…how sad it is really.

    3. Unitedwetokedividedwechoke says:

      Duh, we’ve known this for years but nobody has listened.

    4. Luke says:

      Back about 6 years ago when I was in high school it took about 20 min round trip to get some weed available almost any time of the day. Beer or liquor was always a pain to get. No one ever wants to buy beer for a bunch of high school kids. Could plan for a week for someone to buy alcohol and would almost always fall though.

      If marijuana was regulated in the same way as alcohol I would bet everything I had that teen use would go down.

    5. pejutah says:

      I work in a high school setting, and oddly, this very day, several kids were having a rather heated discussion about this. They also were very adamant that they could lay fingers to weed FAR more easily than just about anything other than their parent’s medications (which is a huge deal at this age group….russian roulette anyone?) and all I could think was how much more I’d feel relief if my OWN son or daughter wanted to smoke weed, as opposed to snarfling up my migraine medicine to relax if I were given the choice of what they’d get into. In any event, the kids were totally pro-legalization, and I consider them all to be thoughtful, soulful people…so, who knows, may not happen in my own lifetime, but I’m certain if these good kids end up in the political arena some time in the future, legalization will occur.

    6. Buggsy13420666 says:

      Here we go again, the substance abuse prohibitionists are out there trying to figure out how were to live our lives. Altrering our consciousness is a part of reality in the human species on this planet. Whether it is a use of a drug or spirituality. There is no one out there that had their arm twisted or threatened to do this or believe that. And then their is peer pressure to try to put the blame on, the choices are ours alone unless you live in a country that have draconian laws,socialism and totalitarian rule in which this country is heading to and basically already here, MARIJUANA PROHIBITION. And then there is the children and teens to point the fickle finger of fate at, were we not once children and teens ourselves. As adults now we made our choices ourselves, some wise and some not so wise. So to the adults out there, keep your your so called vices locked up ond out of reach so our young ones do not not get the wrong message that what ever we do in life is perfect example. And as far as these prohibitionist organizations, go take your surveys and shove them where the sun does not shine you are just worried about keeping your jobs just like the people who run the POLICE STATE up yours too WITH YOUR MARIJUANA PROHIBITION LAWS THAT TREAT ADULTS IN THIS COUNTRY LIKE WERE CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS. 420 ALL THE WAY.

    7. Sam says:

      Reform is close!

    8. Chrokee Fred Jesus says:

      Watch them spin this with their lies. They will use this information to say we need to expand the war on drugs. They will say we need more jails and cops. More of our lawmakers will suggest we execute (kill) dealers like the GA senator. OR WE CAN STOP THEM! LEGALIZE IT AND LET US LIVE IN PEACE OR ELSE!!!!!!!!

      CFHJ

    9. Unitedwetokedividedwechoke says:

      Sounds like the MSM is picking this stuff up, they are just slow about it. Marijuana consumers are a month ahead of the curve?

    10. Ray says:

      This undermines the “go to” argument for prohibitionists. All a prohibitionist has to do to convince the people that don’t know any better is say “What about the children?”

      Like I said in a comment on another post: For every argument the prohibitionist’s use, there is a scientific study or survey, often backed the government, to refute it. Every letter and conversation on the subject of legalization NEEDS to site the studies by name and organization performing the study. Let the evidence speak for us.

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