Sunday, June 10, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#38-Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children-Sue Rusche-National Families in Action

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Substance Abuse 411-#38-Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children-Sue Rusche-National Families in Action

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The legalization of marijuana for personal use is either being discussed in many state legislatures or is being proposed by direct voter referendum.  Part of the discussion that is missing on legalization is just what affect this would have on children as has alcohol and tobacco..both legal products.

California voted down a ballot initiative to make personal marijuana use legal in 2010..but appears to be headed to a vote again in 2012.  Colorado and Washington also are looking at ballot initiatives this year.

Proponents say that state regulation will prevent underage use of marijuana but statistics show that states have not done a very good job of keeping alcohol and cigarettes from youth under the legal age of possession.

Substance Abuse 411 talks to Sue Rusche, President and CEO of National Families in Action, about this looming crisis and what safeguards should be put in place if indeed marijuana is legalized across the country and turns into the next alcohol or tobacco commercial industry.

Website:  www.NationalFamilies.org

Website:  www.ButWhatAboutTheChildren.org

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