One of the arguments used by opponents of medical marijuana in Montana is that MMJ was making weed more available to teenagers. Of course, we all know that having outlets that check I.D’s dispense marijuana is never going to result in an increase of those without I.D’s getting more marijuana. Besides, if a teenager wants to smoke weed, they can simply visit the drug dealer next door who never asks how old you are.
All this is born out by a new survey out of Montana that shows a reduction over the past two years in teens smoking pot. In a survey of 9,000 Montana high school students, 39% said they have tried marijuana, down from 42% two years ago.
When asked if they used marijuana in the past month, 21% said yes, down from 23% two years ago, and 25% in 1999. Other survey results showed that alcohol use is down, as is cigarette smoking, and seat-belt use is up.
But wait? Wasn’t medical marijuana supposedly ripping apart the very fabric of Montana society? It seems the reports of the state’s demise have been greatly exaggerated by opponents of medical marijuana for the purposes of overturning a voter-approved law.
The next time you hear someone demonizing medical cannabis, just remember that they are lying through their teeth to get you on their side. But if their side is so good, why do they need to lie?