VOLUME 7, ISSUE 4 - Winter 2013
The Impact of Drug Policies on our World
Colorado, one of the two U.S. states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, ushered in the New Year with the opening of retail marijuana establishments. Also in 2014, there are additional states considering the legalization of marijuana under the guise of medicine or for the purpose of recreation, either through legislation or ballot initiatives. In this edition of the Journal, a publication entitled, The Economic Impact of Marijuana Legalization compares the benefits and harms of marijuana legalization as it relates to the economy. The author takes a detailed approach when examining the issue and the reader will gain a real-world understanding of the potential consequences of legalizing marijuana.
2013 closed with the release of the annual results from a well-respected University of Michigan survey on drug abuse called Monitoring the Future. Several of the most disturbing trends that this survey revealed were that marijuana use is increasing at alarming rates among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade youth in the U.S. and that the perception of marijuana’s harmfulness is rapidly diminishing. Experts say the main contributing factors for these developments are the legalization, normalization, and commercialization of marijuana. These findings indicate the importance of preserving restrictive policies and that drug prevention efforts are more important now than ever. Thus, we also offer a piece that highlights the effectiveness of the nation’s premiere Red Ribbon programs entitled, The Red Ribbon Certified Schools Program.