Over 100 College Professors Publicly Support Amendment 64 In Colorado
Joe | Aug 28, 2012 | Comments 1
Over 100 college professors from Colorado and around the country have come out and endorsed Amendment 64, the measure that would legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol in CO. They released a letter to the voters of Colorado today.
“As professors in the fields of law, health, economics, and criminal justice, among others,” the letter reads, “we write this open letter to encourage a sensible, evidence-based approach to marijuana policy, and to endorse Amendment 64, the initiative on this year’s ballot to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado.
“For decades, our country has pursued a policy of marijuana prohibition that has been just as ineffective and wasteful as alcohol prohibition. We have reviewed Amendment 64 and concluded that it presents an effective, responsible, and much-needed new approach for Colorado and the nation.
“Marijuana prohibition has proven to be the worst possible system when it comes to protecting teens, driving marijuana into the underground market where proof of age is not required and where other illegal products might be available. In a regulated system, marijuana sales will be taken off the streets and put behind a counter where age restrictions are strictly enforced. There is evidence that regulating marijuana works. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marijuana use among Colorado high school students declined from 2009 to 2011, the time during which the state began regulating medical marijuana sale. Meanwhile, it increased nationwide, where no such regulations were implemented.”
So the professors advocate a new approach, that of legalization and regulation. The group of people that disagree with this approach grows smaller every day. Truth cannot be contained forever.