I have always maintained that marijuana is not for minors. And if it were legal and regulated, we’d be better able to keep it from them.
How, precisely? What’s the mechanism? What about legalization for adults would make it harder for minors to get cannabis?
But the truth is likely to be even worse. How do you make something way more available to adults and not have it become more available to minors as well? Yes, many kids today have better access to cannabis than adults do. But (despite frequent assertions to the contrary) nowhere near as much access as they have to alcohol, which is dirt-cheap and available from the wino outside any liquor store, or (in most cases) at home.
Here are the brute facts: more kids engage in binge drinking every month than smoke pot at all in that month. Is that because alcohol is more fun? Or because it’s so easy to get?
The flip of this is the anti-legalization argument that pot has gotten more potent and therefore more dangerous over the past generation. But of course that’s the result under prohibition. If the stuff were legal, there could be limits on potency, and less-potent legal pot would compete with more-potent illegal pot.
Really, this stuff isn’t that hard, if you start with questions instead of conclusions.