In a news release sent yesterday, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers made it clear that his feelings toward medical marijuana are as hostile as ever. This time, he blames a report from the Partnership at Drugfree.org showing a lower perception of risk associated with marijuana use, as well as increased use among teens overall, on MMJ.
"Suthers said today’s report underlines again that the increased availability and acceptability of marijuana in Colorado has dire implications for future drug-use rates," reads the release. "The Attorney General urged state lawmakers to respond to the overwhelming evidence that the increasing prevalence and proliferation of medical marijuana are having negative effects on youth."
Not sure Suthers has been paying attention, but a majority of state lawmakers have supported Colorado's MMJ industry at every turn. (Of course, the veracity of this depends on how you view the THC DUI bill currently being considered in the House.)
Either way, the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, as it's called, says "nearly half of teens (47 percent) have ever used marijuana — a 21 percent increase since 2008. Additionally, two out of every five teens (39 percent) have tried marijuana in the past year, up from 31 percent in 2008."
“Given the path Colorado has gone down — creating a marijuana industry far beyond what the voters approved in Amendment 20 — this growth in teenage marijuana use and the diminished perception of risk are highly predictable,” says Suthers in the release. “I would encourage Colorado policymakers to consider the trajectory we are on as they consider future marijuana laws and policies.”
Interestingly, in a bit of selective reading, Suthers neglects to make an outraged statement regarding another clearly outlined stat about your nation's youth.
"Abuse of prescription medicine remains high but may be plateauing," the report reads. "However, parents do not appear to be contributing to this decline. They are not more likely to communicate the risks of prescription medicine abuse to their kids, they are not safeguarding medicines, and they are increasingly misusing or abusing prescription medications themselves."