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Ask NORML: Is Prohibition Protecting Our Children?

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director March 14, 2011

    NORML’s youtube channel, NORMLtv, recently launched a new video series entitled ‘Ask NORML,’ which features NORML staff answering questions submitted by you — the marijuana law reform activist.

    On this week’s installment, Executive Director Allen St. Pierre addresses the long standing myth that marijuana prohibition keeps America’s children safe.

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    This Friday on NORMLtv – NORML@40: A Playboy and the Marijuana Commission (Part II)

    43 Responses to “Ask NORML: Is Prohibition Protecting Our Children?”

    1. Connor says:

      No, Nothing is going to stop our kids from trying a substance, they all experiment. It only hurts them, if there caught and get arrested just ruins there future, kids are ignorant don’t think there going to get caught but they will if they sneak around there parents and try not to smoke near the house.

    2. whoa!!! allen..baby…your making too much sense..

    3. Gabe Henley says:

      Prohibition protects our children about as well as a tin foil hat does versus satellite feeds.

      It is a superfluous attempt to topically treat an issue which should just be (forgive the term) “hashed out” in an honest conversation.

      Think of it like this. You are a marijuana prohibitionist, despite your best efforts to keep things under wraps, one of your adolescent children begins smoking pot. If you did try to change the behavior, do you feel your child would trust you enough to deliver in steering them in the right direction?

      Marijuana doesn’t make you go crazy, or kill people, or any of the other things that Reefer Madness, “Above the Rest” anti-drug campaigns, and other attempts to lie to the public through controlled media (or at best misinform them). So what exactly do you expect our youths to learn when you are founding their knowledge on lies, or at most benefit of doubt, half-truths?

      This is what is causing the judgment problems of our children. marijuana isn’t the gateway drugs, your lies are. If you fail to see that, then you fail as a adult (or parent) and will likely never get the concept of honesty or what it is to be an adult.

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    5. Louie from Vegas - Genesis - Las Vegas Colony says:

      To be perfectly frank – I’ve grown pretty fond of freedom and its liberties – so much so – that anyone who attempts to deprive me of my liberty – will be relieved of theirs – rather rapidly I might add. Yes! – I know I’m supposed to turn the other cheek – but – “I only have two cheeks” – and – prohibs have already slapped both of them with their deceit, mendacity, and political terrorism. The long or short of it is – I have come to the end of my rope with this prohibition. Prohib’s words are now falling on deaf ears – as are their bids for re-election. They can save their money and wishful thinking [their aspirations towards politics]. So! Let’s hitt’em hard where it hurts – at the voting box. We should do this with the highest degree of stubbornness as we hand them their one way ticket out of town. “It’s our way or the highway.” Prohibs have made their own beds with their colossal chunks of [choose your own word] – and now – they can lie in them. They are their own grim reaper. Life is a crap shoot and prohibs have rolled snake eyes on their crap table – especially with the children. If they feel that the children will be better equipped with the truth about sex education – it would seem inadequate not to educate them about cannabis. The first time a kid tries cannabis [and you know they will – experimentation is a kids purpose in life] they will say to themselves – “They’ve been fucking lying to me!”

    6. Brandon says:

      Rick Steves said it best, there aren’t people just waiting for drugs to be legalized so they can go out and ruin their lives! Prohibition isn’t going to stop people choosing to use drugs. Those who use other drugs will do so regardless.

    7. This is not my America says:

      Hypocrasy is what government is all about on all issues…it gives them the ability to do what ever they want with out transparency or accountability. This fight against prohibition is just a small battle of a greater war concerning our governments actions and the effects of its actions upon the American people/people of the world.

      Prohibition is just 10% of the iceberg .

    8. READ THIS NEW PROPOSED VERMONT BILL:
      DIFFERENT MARIJUANA PENALTIES
      FOR ADULTS
      THAN FOR CHILDREN.

      PLEASE CONTACT YOUR VERMONT STATE LEGISLATORS
      AND LET THEM KNOW YOU SUPPORT THIS NEW MARCH 2011
      MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION BILL

      VERMONT STATE LEGISLATURE
      http://www.leg.state.vt.us
      For all e-mails of your
      State Legislators.

      NEW 2011 PROPOSED BILL TO REDUCE SOME
      OF THE PENALTIES FOR MARIJUANA
      POSSESSION.

      BILL AS INTRODUCED H.427
      2011 Page 1 of 12
      VT LEG 265093.1
      H.427 1
      Introduced by Representatives Lorber of Burlington,
      ( Jason P. Lorber, Democrat Party, 231 Park Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401 (802)863-9429
      jasonplober@gmail.com http://www.friendsofjason.blogspot.com ) PLEASE CALL HIM AND
      LET HIM KNOW YOU SUPPORT THIS BILL!

      Howard of Cambridge
      ( Adam B. Howard, Republican Party, 3210 Lower Valley Road, Cambridge, Vermont 05444
      Daytime Phone (802)644-6606, Evening Phone (802)644-2040 howie@holpublications.com )
      PLEASE CALL HIM AND LET HIM KNOW YOU SUPPORT THIS BILL!

      and Pearson of Burlington
      ( Christopher A. Pearson, Progressive Party, 12 Brookes Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401
      (802)860-3933 cp@christopherpearson.org http://www.christopherpearson.org )
      PLEASE CALL HIM AND LET HIM KNOW YOU SUPPORT THIS BILL!

      THIS NEW MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION BILL INTRODUCED MARCH 8, 2011
      is supported by one Representative of the Democratic Party, one Representative of the
      Progressive Party and one Representative of the Republican Party.
      Please write letters to the Editor of your local newspaper to let them know you
      support this bill!
      Referred to Committee on
      Date: March 8, 2011
      Subject: Regulated drugs; marijuana
      Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to change the penalties for the
      possession of small amounts of marijuana. A person 21 years of age or older
      who possesses one ounce or less of marijuana would be assessed a civil fine of
      up to $150.00, while possession of larger amounts would continue to be a
      criminal offense subject to imprisonment. Persons 18 to 20 years of age who
      possesses one ounce or less of marijuana would be assessed a civil fine of up to
      $150.00 for a first offense, while second or subsequent offenses would require
      the person to complete a drug awareness and community service program run
      by court diversion. Failure to complete the program would result in a civil fine
      of not more than $600.00 and a suspension of the person’s driver’s license for
      a period of up to 120 days. ETC. http://www.leg.state.vt.us

      [Paul Armentano responds: NORML’s ‘Take Action’ Center has been alerting folks about this bill for some time now here: http://www.capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=32825501.

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    10. Douglas says:

      As we all know probiten lets our children to beabl to go to there frinds house or some one that will sell cannabis to them. Which is more apt to take place on the street.
      I woud think this moms wude be ready to stop this mades and start keeping our children safe. And the only way there will be any control if it is made leagl.

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