Community Impact

Marijuana use by teens is not a “rite of passage”. Parents are appalled when they are informed that under Illinois law their 14-year-old can possess up to 30 joints (10 grams) and receive a civil fine of $100. Nothing in the law requires the parent to be informed by law enforcement and the record is automatically expunged every 6 months. Nice to know their babysitting money is going for a good cause.

There is greater risk for people under the age of 25:
  • Brain development isn’t complete until age 25. For the best chance to reach their full potential, youth shouldn’t use marijuana.
  • Youth who use marijuana regularly are more likely to have a hard time learning, problems remembering, and lower math and reading scores. These effects can last weeks after the last time they used marijuana.
  • Marijuana is addictive. It’s harder to stop using marijuana if started at a young age.
  • Youth who start using marijuana, alcohol or other drugs may be more likely to continue using later in life.
The current campaign, like previous efforts, downplays the well-documented harms of marijuana trafficking and use while promising benefits ranging from reduced crime to additional tax revenue. Legalize marijuana and the demand for marijuana goes up substantially as the deterrence effect of law enforcement disappears. Yet not many suppliers will operate legally, refusing to subject themselves to the established state regulatory scheme…not to mention taxation…while still risking federal prosecution, conviction and prison time. There is strong evidence to suggest that legalizing marijuana would serve little purpose other than to worsen the state’s drug problems.

Utah Launches Medical Cannabis Signature Drive

Advocates hoping to place an initiative on Utah’s midterm election ballot next year will officially launch their signature collection campaign on Thursday.

The Utah Patients Coalition, backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, will kick off the signature collection campaign at a Thursday morning event at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City. MORE

The Daily Chronic. “Utah Launches Medical Cannabis Signature Drive.” 17 August 2017. Web. 21 August 2017. 

It’s summer, and Washington smells like weed. Everywhere, all the time.

Two years after legalization, the city’s sharp new fragrance remains a curiosity. MORE

Silber, Maia. “It’s summer, and Washington smells like weed. Everywhere, all the time.” 3 July 2017. Web. 17 August 2017.

D.C. arrests for public use of marijuana nearly tripled last year

Arrests for the public use of marijuana in the District nearly tripled in 2016 and are on track to remain high in 2017, public records show.

More than 400 people were arrested in 2016 for public consumption of marijuana, according to D.C. police arrest records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Records show 78 had been arrested as of April 5. MORE

Moyer, Justin Wm. “D.C. arrests for public use of marijuana nearly tripled last year.” 11 July 2017. Web. 17 August 2017.