Remember how often we heard there would be a flood of youth needing "drug treatment" for cannabis if Proposition 2 passed?
Just more fallout from how prohibition creates the problems it's supposed to solve. Many thousands died from alcohol poisoning during alcohol prohibition from the bad conditions under which illegal hooch was produced, And organized crime got its first real foothold in the US.
We remember an earlier campaign to legalize liquor by the drink in Utah in the 1960s. The prescient slogan for the campaign was "A Drink Not a Drunk," on the sensible theory that having to buy a whole bottle of alcohol and have it in your home was more likely to encourage drinking that whole bottle. (The campaign lost, mini-bottles followed, and finally the private club laws gave way to Zion Curtains in this century, and etc.).
"Does legalizing marijuana for adults lead to a tidal wave of teens going to treatment? Not according to a new study out of Temple University, where researchers in fact found decreases in youth admission rates for problem cannabis use in two legal states.
The findings, published this month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, run counter to speculation from legalization opponents, law enforcement and some public health experts, who have warned that relaxing cannabis laws could lead to an explosion in cannabis use disorders among children. If that’s happening, the study found, treatment admissions data so far show no sign of it."