Friday, May 11, 2012

Marijuana in the news

Here are links to marijuana related stories that I've been collecting over the past month.

Teen heavy marijuana use increased significantly since 2008
New, nationally projectable survey results released earlier this month by The Partnership at and MetLife Foundation found that past-month marijuana use – particularly heavy use – increased significantly among U.S. high school students since 2008.

California's Emerald Triangle pot market is hitting bottom
Since medical marijuana was legalized in California, illegal marijuana farms have sprung up throughout Humboldt County, known as the "Emerald Triangle".  The supply of marijuana now exceeds demand and prices have dropped.  With too much marijuana flooding the medical marijuana market, some people are selling it illegally.  

Why we should not legalize marijuana
This article is part of a CNBC special report, Marijuana & Money.  The report contains many articles from both sides of the debate.

Rethinking the War on Drugs
This essay, appearing in the Wall Street Journal, makes the case that "prohibition and legalization aren't the only choices when it comes to drugs."

Obama Drug Czar stumps for 'third way' policy
“Over the past few years, this public debate on drug policy lurches between two extreme views,” White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske said during a speech today at the Center for American Progress.

“On one side we have a very vocal, organized, well-funded advocates who insist that drug legalization is a ‘silver bullet’ for addressing our nation’s drug problem. Then we have the other side. On the other side of the debate are those who insist that a law-enforcement-only, ‘War on Drugs’ approach … is the way to create a drug free society,” Kerlikowske said.

“The Obama administration strongly believes that neither of these approaches is humane, realistic, or — most importantly — grounded in science,” Kerlikowske said.

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