USAWorld News

Legalizing pot is not good for New York or the United States

[ad_1]

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

New York stinks of weed. Wherever you go – theater halls, parking lots, construction sites, delis, public parks – you can smell the bitter aroma of pot. Does anyone actually think this is good for our troubled town? Or for our country?

Can you imagine that China encourages the use of drugs that can permanently alter the intelligence of young people and undermine the productivity of workers? This is nonsense, and yet (mostly) Democrats in financially troubled cities and states have rushed to legalize pot, basing their campaigns on three dubious arguments:

1. That the War on Drugs and banning weed smoking led to racial inequalities, which could only be corrected through legalization;

NEW YORK ISSUES FIRST CANNABIS DISPENSARY LICENSES AT 36 SITES AND PLANS TO ISSUE 175

2. That selling weed and levying heavy taxes on those sales would fill the budget gaps of debauched cities and states; and

3. That marijuana was no more harmful than alcohol and therefore should be legal.

Are these assumptions true?

The widely publicized claim that millions of black Americans are unjustly in prison for simple possession of pot is a myth. A 2015 study showed that in the federal prison system, which housed 226,000 people in 2020, more than 99% of people convicted of drug possession were initially charged with trafficking or other crimes but were allowed to plead. less serious charges.

President Joe Biden put on a big show before the midterm granting of a pardon, saying “no one should be in jail for possession of marijuana.” He looked a little silly when it turned out that there was literally not a single person locked up in federal prisons for this offense.

CANNABIS IN THE USA IS A ‘100 BILLION DOLLAR OPPORTUNITY,’ SAYS TILRAY CEO IRWIN SIMON

A long-running ACLU study of marijuana arrests concludes, “Blacks are 3.64 times more likely than whites to be arrested for possession of marijuana, despite comparable rates of use.” Interestingly, even in the ACLU’s 110-page report, “A Tale of Two Countries: Racially Targeted Arrests in the Era of Marijuana Reform,” there is no verification of the “comparable use” claim. “, which is essential to the overall affirmation of racial belonging. injustice. It’s just assumed that blacks and whites use marijuana at the same rate.

Since legalization, the number of young people who smoke weed has steadily increased. Is this how we are going to help our children achieve their dreams?

The National Survey of Drug Use and Health, the apparent source of this hypothesis, actually shows that marijuana use is slightly higher among blacks than among whites. But the survey does not determine the frequency or regularity of consumption.

OVER 900 APPLY FOR RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA LICENSES IN NY STATE

An HHS study of alcohol and marijuana use disorders published for the National Library of Medicine concludes that white Americans abuse alcohol at higher rates than blacks, but African Americans have contracted marijuana addiction and abuse at nearly twice the rate of whites or Hispanics. Most likely, this suggests a higher level of use.

These surveys don’t prove the case, and the war on drugs may have targeted blacks more aggressively than whites, but instead of providing evidence of racism, higher arrest rates could reflect a higher preponderance. of illegal marijuana dealers in the black community, or that prosecuting criminals in possession of an illegal substance was an easier case to prove than other wrongdoings.

The second argument for legal weed is that communities like Colorado, one of the first states in the union to legalize pot for recreational purposes, needed revenue, and taxing a new industry in full rise would help to fill the budgetary holes generated in part by controlling the trade unions of civil servants.

AOC HITS BIDEN FOR NOT FORGIVING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FOR FEDERAL OFFENSES OF SIMPLE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA

For several years, the program worked. Colorado has become the go-to destination for pots, with weed sales topping $2 billion in 2021 and tax revenue totaling $423 million. But then other states started legalizing the weed, and in the first seven months of 2022, revenue dropped 21%.

Pot dispensaries are closing in Colorado, delivery operations are shut down, and more importantly, school districts and other revenue recipients are being hit hard. As more states and communities legalize pot, profits and tax opportunities will diminish. It’s already happening in Colorado, and it will happen elsewhere.

The final argument of cannabis proponents is that pot is no more harmful than alcohol. The jury is out.

We know that long-term use by teenagers reduces their adult IQ by almost 6 points; indeed, regular pot drinking by children makes them dumber. Since legalization, the number of young people who smoke weed has steadily increased. Is this how we are going to help our children achieve their dreams?

CLICK HERE TO GET THE AVIS NEWSLETTER

We also know that in the four years since recreational cannabis was legalized in Colorado, cannabis ER visits tripled. Many of these emergencies stemmed from the consumption of edibles whose THC content (the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) is unknown, and many of these visits involved children.

Selling pot to kids is illegal, but kids often mistake gummy bears or THC brownies for their favorite treat and end up getting sick.

Marijuana has gotten wildly more potent (and, many say, more addictive) over time. In the 1990s, the THC content of pot averaged 4%; today, in concentrates, it can be over 80%. Dutch authorities have classified potency above 15% as a “hard drug”.

An activist group that focuses on child protection claims that “adolescents aged 12 to 17 who use marijuana are twice as likely to progress to a substance use disorder as adolescents who use alcohol or tobacco”. They also say that young people are more likely to drive after consuming weed than alcohol, and that the use of marijuana products “high in THC is associated with higher rates of schizophrenia, psychosis and generalized anxiety”.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Pot legalization is moving too fast, with desperate officials focusing on revenue, not the well-being of their citizens. Twenty-one states and Washington, DC now allow recreational use of pot.

There’s probably no turning the tide, but communities that haven’t yet taken the plunge should watch very carefully what awaits them on the other side.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ABOUT LIZ PEEK

[ad_2]

Fox

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
Back to top button