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Radical Rant: The Message the Kids Got About Marijuana · High Times

Radical Rant: The Message the Kids Got About Marijuana.

  • Despite being proven obviously, repeatedly, terribly wrong by five years of marijuana legalization and 20 years of medical cannabis access, they keep showing up on TV, spouting some newly-fabricated fake outrage about legalization.
  • It shows that for people aged 12 to 17, lifetime, past year, and past month marijuana use is down.
  • Just 14.8 percent of teens have tried marijuana, 12 percent used it last year, and 6.5 percent consumed cannabis last month.
  • Back then, 20.6 percent of teens had tried marijuana, 15.8 percent used last year, and 8.2 percent used last month.
  • Asked in 2002 if using marijuana was a great risk, almost a third of all teens in the survey (32.4 percent) agreed that monthly use was risky.

There are numerous examples of TV talking heads who are elevated to pundit status despite being obviously, repeatedly, terribly wrong about economic, political, and social trends.

How wrong must someone be, time and time again, before the media no longer considers them an expert on a subject?

There are numerous examples of TV talking heads who are elevated to pundit status despite being obviously, repeatedly, terribly wrong about economic, political, and social trends.

Think about the screaming finance guys who completely missed the housing bubble and the resulting Great Recession. Or the military experts who swore there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we’d be in and out in a six-month war that would pay for itself. Or the babbling Biblical literalists who prophesied an apocalypse if we allowed gay people to marry (wait, Trump’s president—I’d better hedge my bet on this one).

But none are so colossally wrong, and none continue being wrong without suffering any consequences to their media stardom, as much as the marijuana prohibitionists. Despite being proven obviously, repeatedly, terribly wrong by five years of marijuana legalization and 20 years of medical cannabis access, they keep showing up on TV, spouting some newly-fabricated fake outrage about legalization. Making it even worse, the media never holds them to account for all their past failed predictions.

“What kind of message would marijuana legalization send to the children?” the prohibitionists asked the public. For decades, we’ve heard from drug czars, addiction counselors, and child experts who told us that legalization would make it…

Radical Rant: The Message the Kids Got About Marijuana · High Times

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