There are quite a few interesting marijuana news stories going around this week, and we’ve picked the best ones for you. Sometimes it’s better to not have to spend all day looking for the stories you care about, so we do that for you and compile them. Save some time and read the marijuana news roundup for March 22.
Legal weed isn’t making kids smoke more (duh)
As most of you could have probably guessed, legalizing cannabis does not cause teens to suddenly decide they’re really interested in smoking it. It’s not like the ones who were going to try it were avoiding it before.
Washington State legalized weed in 2012, and Washington’s 2016 Healthy Youth Survey (pdf) found teen use of the drug hasn’t really changed since it was legalized. Over 230,000 students were surveyed, and it found 6 percent of eighth graders, 17 percent of 10th graders and 52 percent of 12th graders had used marijuana in the past month. Those numbers were about even with the what was found in 2014, when legal recreational weed started being sold throughout the state. I believe I started smoking around eighth grade, if you’re wondering.
This is just one of many studies that has shown legalizing marijuana does not make kids more likely to use it, so disregard the fools trying to argue against it for that reason.
Stephen Colbert does not understand what Attorney General Jeff Sessions is smoking
Stephen Colbert confronted the issue of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and marijuana on the Late Show on Tuesday night.
“Sure, marijuana’s only slightly less awful than heroin,” Colbert said, according to Esquire, “like how burning your tongue on hot cocoa is only slightly less awful than being set on fire.”
Colbert was referring to the comments I criticized Sessions for last week where he said using marijuana was “only slightly less awful” than having a heroin addiction. I criticized the comments not only because they were wrong, but I’d argue they were offensive to the families of the over 30,000 people who die from opioid overdoses in the United States every year.
Colbert also perfectly described Sessions, referring to him as “Attorney General and Forest Gnome Whose Riddles Are Kind of Racist Jeff Sessions.” In case you forgot, Sessions is also pretty racist.
Marijuana raids kill more people than marijuana (another shocker)
According to data from the New York Times, there have been 20 SWAT raids over marijuana since 2010 in the United States where someone was killed. As the Washington Post notes, that means raids have killed more people than marijuana use in that time. If you haven’t noticed, not a single person has died from overdosing on marijuana since the beginning of time.
That’s not to say some people don’t die while on marijuana, but it’s hard to blame a drug that typically relaxes people for someone’s reckless behavior while they were on it. Hell, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration even says high driving is way safer than drunk driving. (Sober driving is obviously the safest.)
Considering Jeff Sessions also appears to want to ramp up the (racist) War on Drugs again, we could see even more deaths over a plant that never killed anyone.