Kevin Sabet.jpg
Kevin Sabet
Last week I had the extreme pleasure of catching ( and subsequently blogging about ) the KCTS 9 "Vote 2012" televised debate of

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Comment of the Day: I-502 Will Make It Harder for Kids to Get Weed

Kevin Sabet.jpg
Kevin Sabet
Last week I had the extreme pleasure of catching (and subsequently blogging about) the KCTS 9 "Vote 2012" televised debate of Initiative 502 - which would legalize, regulate and tax pot in our state. The ACLU's Alison Holcomb is leading the campaign for I-502, and argued in favor of the initiative during the KCTS 9 debate. Kevin Sabet, a former Senior Advisor with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and current Director of the Drug Policy Institute and the University of Florida College of Medicine, argued against it.

As the post noted:

Sabet's argument, on the other hand, was made mainly by focusing on the perceived risks of marijuana legalization. These risks include more stoned people, more stoned kids, a stoned, unproductive workforce, and, of course, all around stonededness.

Sabet stressed that the federal government probably isn't going to be terribly cool with Washington legalizing pot and getting into the pot-selling business; a fact that's hard to argue with. Sabet also claimed any money the state reaps from becoming a pot dealer is going to be lost (and then some) to the money that will have to be spent battling the public scourge of increased marijuana use.

To Sabet, the risks of legalization outweigh the possible benefits, and if I-502 passes he expects public safety, kids, and the state as a whole to suffer. Saying anything that sounds too good to be true probably is, Sabet attempted to frame the debate around the question: Is the risk worth it?

Sabet's arguments were enough to inspire commenter aliveinmiamai to chime in.

Commenter aliveinmiami writes:

Considering the harms prohibition has done to our society - mainly funding large criminal enterprises, yes the risk is worth it. Everyone who wants to smoke pot on WA state already does. Medical marijuna already allows those in WA to get high the ability to grow their own plants! Also, kids can get marijuana now from any drug dealer, they don't ask for ID. It will b harder for children to get a hold of marijuana from a store rather than a dealer who doesn't give a damn. If dealers are taken out of the market - the only people who can get kids the drug is older siblings and parents. Thus the responsibility to educate and protect our children falls on the parents and the families. If you don't want your kids smoking pot, I-502 actually gives parents more control. Remember you can't regulate anything that's illegal! Only legally sold items can b legally regulated. Considering the harms prohibition has done to our society - mainly funding large criminal enterprises, yes the risk is worth it. Everyone who wants to smoke pot on WA state already does. Medical marijuna already allows those in WA to get high the ability to grow their own plants! Also, kids can get marijuana now from any drug dealer, they don't ask for ID. It will b harder for children to get a hold of marijuana from a store rather than a dealer who doesn't give a damn. If dealers are taken out of the market - the only people who can get kids the drug is older siblings and parents. Thus the responsibility to educate and protect our children falls on the parents and the families. If you don't want your kids smoking pot, I-502 actually gives parents more control. Remember you can't regulate anything that's illegal! Only legally sold items can b legally regulated.

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