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To Legalization States: Regulate Marijuana Better than Alcohol, Tobacco

December 19, .

Asking Tough Questions

September 10, 2012–As the November election nears, voters in three states (Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) will decide whether to legalize the production, distribution, and retail sale of marijuana.  On today’s Huffington Post, National Families in Action’s president and CEO, Sue Rusche, asks: “Can Our Experience with Tobacco and Alcohol Teach Us How to Protect Children from Pot if Marijuana is Legalized?  Read it here.

Frequent marijuana use before age 18 tied to drop in IQ

August 27, .

 

Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Will Be on the November 2012 Ballot in Three States

August 1, 2012–Voters in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington will decide whether to legalize the production, distribution, and retail sale of marijuana in November.  If any state legalizes, for the first time in history a vast commercial marijuana business will emerge.

Researchers predict that, depending on the federal response, over time legal marijuana’s price could drop by as much as 80 percent. Users and dealers from other states would be likely to buy the cheaper pot, bringing a windfall of taxes to the legalization state and pressuring other states to legalize to retrieve their share of taxes.

True, if a state legalizes marijuana in November, marijuana will remain an illegal drug under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act (CSA).  But Congress can change that and national polls now show that half the population supports legalizing marijuana.  In fact, a bill with 20 co-sponsors has been introduced that would remove marijuana from the CSA so that states could move forward with legalization.

If legalization occurs, profit motives will quickly trump public health concerns.  Like the tobacco and alcohol industries, a commercial marijuana industry will target society’s most vulnerable people, children, as potential life-time customers.  Research is showing how to limit the tobacco and alcohol industries’ marketing efforts to children; can we prohibit similar efforts before a commercial marijuana industry emerges?

With the help of experts who work to prevent underage drinking and smoking, National Families in Action developed 12 provisions that states should include in regulations to govern a commercial marijuana industry.  Our provisions address such questions as:

  • Should that industry be allowed to sell marijuana edibles – marijuana infused chocolate chip cookies, fudge, and brownies – like medical marijuana dispensaries sell?
  • Should marijuana retail shops be located near schools?
  • Should use be allowed on the premises of marijuana retail outlets?
  • Should the industry be allowed to advertise?  On TV?  At sports events?  On the Internet?  At points of purchase?
  • Could an increase in use among youth automatically trigger legalization repeal?
  • Should a marijuana industry, like the tobacco industry, contribute to a dedicated fund to treat addiction and other health problems marijuana causes?

National Families in Action calls upon responsible leaders to develop contingency plans for regulations that will prohibit a commercial marijuana industry from marketing its products to children if voters legalize the drug.  We offer our provisions as a way to begin.

An Analysis of How Current Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Stack Against the 12 Provisions

Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children

June 12, to listen.

What 6-year-old wouldn’t want to eat one of these chocolate chip cookies?

Two More California Legalization Ballot Initiatives Fail to Qualify

June 11, 2012–The Marijuana Penalties Act of 2012 (Tracking Number 1518) and the Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012 (Tracking Number 1524) both failed to collect enough signatures to be placed on California’s 2012 ballot.  Two other initiatives continue to collect signatures.  They are:

  • The Medical Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act (Tracking Number 1571), which legalizes the production, distribution, and sale of medical marijuana and prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from helping federal agencies enforce the Controlled Substances Act and other federal laws.

Number 1544 had until June 4 to collect more than 500,000 signatures; no word yet from the Secretary of State as to whether proponents succeeded.  Number 1571 has until July 13 to collect the required number of signatures to place the initiative on the state’s ballot.

California Won’t Be Regulating Marijuana Like Wine This Year

April 10, with the same request if Measure 502 passes.

Access to Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Increases Marijuana Use and Sales among School Children

March 14, for conducting this investigation.