Fewer kids will be at risk because lawmakers made the correct decision.Where I'll still politely disagree with you.
...I think that if you want to prevent drug use, you ought to not be focused so much on keeping the penalties against use intact, but giving people a reason for not using -a reward.
You focus on the stick, from what I have seen so far.
From what I can tell it's the carrot-positive opportunities to work towards-that keep people off drugs.
This thread on an internet message board has been focused on the discussion of legalization. It is representative of precisely that, a discussion, and not my job. A job where I certainly do employ strength-based strategies to give kids positive alternatives to drugs, to build refusal skills, to engage and empower them to not need chemicals for fake strength. I do all these things. But it isn't either/or. I can do these with the substance still illegal, because the law itself isn't prevention, but lifting the ban on marijuana will create more access which is just not an acceptible move.
It's like one of LMNO's satires of corporate-speak, only it's not satire. I've got $5 that says those are lines and phrases lifted word-for-word from some textbook that RWHN probably re-reads every month or so.
It's definitely a PR campaign (which makes the lack of response to actual scientific discoveries or studies which contraindicate the ones he cites understandable... they're "off-script").
Check this out, it's almost a word for word condensation of his position in this thread: