NY Marijuana Legalization Study Part 3 of 3

NY Marijuana Legalization Study Part 3 of 3 As you recall from my prior blogs this week, the NY study on marijuana legalization basically concluded that it was not a question of whether marijuana should be legalized, but how it should be done.  In part 1 and part 2 of my summary, I went over impacts related to health, criminal justice and public safety and will conclude today with youth and education and implementation. Youth and Education The section on youth and education with respect to marijuana legalization was pretty short and stark.  If this bothers you, I guess you know where you stand on this issue. This kind of shocked me, I guess just because it is not what we are used to hearing.  The report says that the educational approach to marijuana for our youth shouldn’t be just say no – but instead – just say later… “Prioritization should be given to an educational approach that emphasizes safety, mitigates potential harm, and suggests that youth delay use.”  Wow.  That really blows my mind.  If it was any other way, our youth would see through the hypocrisy. Marijuana use rates among high school students in Colorado did not… 

New York Marijuana Legalization Study 1 of 3

New York’s Marijuana Legalization Study 1 of 3 I finally got a chance to read New York’s marijuana legalization study released earlier this month.  It was better than I had expected.  I thought the study was going to be a lot of political hay but there was some good information there.  It’s a big report so I will report on the findings over a few blogs.  Today, I will cover the study’s preparation, some of the definitions in the report  and the health issues covered in the report.  In my next couple of blogs, I will cover criminal justice and public safety, economic considerations, youth and education and implementation. The title of the report is the NYS Assessment of the Potential Impact of Regulated Marijuana in NYS.  First – lets get this out of the way.  The study concludes that it is not a question of if marijuana should be legalized but how marijuana should be legalized responsibly.  The positive effects of legalization outweigh the potential negative impacts. The report includes analysis based on what other surrounding states and Canada are doing and how that impacts what NY should do about marijuana legalization.  This might be the most…