A response to a March 1 piece by Will Jones of Smart Approaches to Marijuana about my earlier post on legalization of marijuana. Jones alleges that I misinterpreted the data. Hardly. I only drew from the sources with which I was provided.
Contrary to the organization’s name, (“Smart Approaches to Marijuana”) what it advocates is not a smarter approach at all: it’s a paranoid, puritanical one — couched in clever but unsound reasoning — that is not far from old-school prohibition.
As Bloomberg recently cited, one-in-four 18- to 24-year-olds report “Feeling down, depressed, hopeless nearly every, more than half the days.” Little research is available specifically for my cohort, recent graduates whose universities (facing challenges of their own) were more or less happy to cut them loose. This would have been a tough time for some of us, regardless, but we didn’t imagine this.