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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Legalization of Marijuana

Can you believe that 50% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana?  I can't, but a recent Gallup survey says "yes."  Not surprising is that 62% of 18 to 29 year olds favor legalization.  What is surprising is that 31% of adults over 65 favor legalization.  What probably is happening is that these folks think that it's the same pot that they smoked as teens and young adults.  Also, today's parents seem to be afraid to tell their kids that they can't smoke pot because they did it when they were kids.   Today's pot is  more addictive and it reported to be ten times stronger than it was in the 70's and 80's.  It is also linked to disorders in the brain.  Parents need to try talking about the previous factors and tell their kids "NO" and, while they are at it, they can fill in grandma and grandpa on the dangers.

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