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  • 2/1 D.A.R.E. Generation Wants Marijuana Legalized

    DARE USA -- D.A.R.E. America Chairman Skip Miller writes in his Jan. 28 Times Op-Ed article, "Don’t legalize marijuana," that his organization has been successful in its efforts to reduce illegal drug use in the U.S. by educating schoolchildren. Indeed, protecting young people has long been used to justify marijuana prohibition. But in reality, our drug laws have failed to stop marijuana use among American youth but have succeeded in punishing them with damning criminal records, loss of financial aid for college and removal from after-school activities. As a graduate of D.A.R.E., I know all too well about the shortcomings of this program and of America's war on marijuana.

    The simple truth is that prohibition doesn't work, and regulation and education do. Most young people will tell you that marijuana is easy to buy despite nearly a century of prohibition that has cost billions of tax dollars and put thousands of people behind bars.

    Anti-drug groups such as D.A.R.E. refuse to acknowledge that today's marijuana prohibition causes the same problems as alcohol prohibition did in the 1920s. It's no wonder, then, that D.A.R.E. has been called ineffective by the National Academy of Sciences and, in 2001, was placed under the category of "ineffective programs" by the U.S. surgeon general. The Government Accountability Office reported in 2003 that there are "no significant differences in illicit drug use between students who received D.A.R.E. . . . and students who did not."

    The fact is that legalizing, taxing and regulating substances reduces the harm caused by those drugs. A University of Florida study provided statistically overwhelming evidence that raising taxes on alcohol reduces consumption.

    The Tax and Regulate initiative on California's November ballot would levy a tax of $50 per ounce on marijuana; the money raised would help fund drug-abuse and prevention programs.

    Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet, yet thanks to aggressive taxation in many areas and education efforts, cigarette use in the U.S. has declined sharply over the last few decades. We didn't have to arrest, incarcerate or impose prohibition to achieve those results; we merely had to tell the truth to young people about the very real harms caused by cigarette addiction while imposing taxes and age restrictions. The most recent Monitoring the Future Survey, which asks students about their drug use, shows that more 10th graders now use marijuana than cigarettes.

    Legalizing and taxing marijuana won't cure California's chronic budget woes. But should we really be cutting from education while spending all the money it takes to enforce our failed prohibition policies? Furthermore, the Tax and Regulate initiative would not allow the use of marijuana by people under 21. I certainly don't want more young people smoking marijuana. But some of the teens I helped as a substance-abuse counselor told me that it was easier to purchase marijuana inside their own schools than it was to buy beer or cigarettes from a convenience store. This is not what a successful policy looks like.

    Many Americans are coming around to this view. Depending on the poll, either a majority or near-majority of Americans say that marijuana should be taxed and legalized. Even the American Medical Assn. has called for the federal government to review its absurd classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, which puts cannabis right alongside heroin and PCP.

    D.A.R.E. can warn people all day about the harm associated with marijuana use. What it refuses to acknowledge is that these arguments only support ending prohibition. If marijuana is so dangerous, D.A.R.E. and its allies ought to support efforts to remove control over distribution from black-market drug dealers.

    It's time for D.A.R.E. to take a back seat to evidence-based drug prevention programs that don't use scare tactics. It's time to legalize marijuana.

    Note: Taxing and regulating has worked with cigarettes and alcohol. Why not try it with marijuana?

    Jonathan Perri is the Western regional director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

    Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
    Author: Jonathan Perri
    Published: February 1, 2010
    Copyright: 2010 Los Angeles Times
    Contact: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.latimes.com/
    URL: http://drugsense.org/url/hf4ihMjI
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    all fairy tales are uncovered
    myths exposed and pain magnified
    the greatest pain discovered"
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      I won the D.A.R.E. essay contest back in elementary school n I turned out fine.


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      so stoned but leave no stone unturned

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        6th grade: the officer teaching the program walked out of our class room and said "you are hands down the worst group of kids i've ever had to work work. i'm out." lmao he never returned ...i turned out fine.
        ima do me.

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        • #5
          Shit I forgot all about D.A.R.E..Must Be The Ganja...

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          • #6
            what a great read.

            This paragraph alone fkin pwned the govt.

            Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet, yet thanks to aggressive taxation in many areas and education efforts, cigarette use in the U.S. has declined sharply over the last few decades. We didn't have to arrest, incarcerate or impose prohibition to achieve those results; we merely had to tell the truth to young people about the very real harms caused by cigarette addiction while imposing taxes and age restrictions. The most recent Monitoring the Future Survey, which asks students about their drug use, shows that more 10th graders now use marijuana than cigarettes.
            Last edited by Billy_72; 02-01-2010, 07:24 PM.

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            • #7
              i have a dare sticker on my desk from over a decade ago and right next to it is my tokemaster

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              • #8
                gotta love how weed is classified with heroin and pcp, obviously whoever wrote out these laws never tired anything in his/her lifetime
                Originally posted by Tanner
                at least youre not hungover and have to sneak out a fat 30 yr old white bitch who you were banging in your parents house last night.

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                • #9
                  It seems like every single week a great essay or interview or statement or analysis comes out in support of marijuana legalization...if only there was s.o. to pay attention to them besides us smokers.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MagnuM View Post
                    gotta love how weed is classified with heroin and pcp, obviously whoever wrote out these laws never tired anything in his/her lifetime
                    IMO such classifications create great misconceptions about weed. Round here, the vast majority of older people are convinced that weed, cocaine & heroin are all "dangerous drugs" and hence pretty much equally harmful and deadly.
                    Favorite Hip-Hop Groups/Artists:
                    Cypress Hill, D12, Redman, DMX, Sticky Fingaz, Mobb Deep, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, The Roots, Obie Trice, Lil' Kim

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                    • #11
                      great story. cali kush for the country
                      you don't know the technique so don't tell lies, i'll shoot your mom in the back an fuck the bullet wound until she dies

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                      • #12
                        i don't remember much about D A R E i do remember that if you did the work sheets you got these bootleg ass football cards

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                          www.norml.org

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                              best class of rb...end of discussion
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