..Tough as it may be, we have to find ways to convince them that waiting till they are in their twenties would be a very good idea for them (if they want to develop good habits of discipline especially). Let us accept that idea and then move forward.
I say that because, as this very poorly done story from nbcnews.com indicates, there may be some push back on pot coming that will try to be connected to its legalization. And nothing could be more unhelpful than taking an increase in ER visits by children seeking psychological help, who had also either said they had used pot recently, or were actually found to have pot in their urine, as a correlated link to the fact of legalization itself; remembering that we are talking about the time period of 2005 to 2015. You know. That period where a lot of other things occurred as well. Like a great recession. Like the huge decline of the middle class. Like the realization that more than 20 million white males now have no employability; at least as far as markets are concerned.
And, of course, a lot of other shocking things happened as well. The point is that any one, or all of them, to one degree or another, could be linked to this significant increase in ER requested psychology interventions. More work ought to be done to look into the details of that, but let's find out what is really what before we suddenly get all righteously anti pot again. And let's also remember that the war on drugs has been far more costly, overall, than legalization of pot will ever hope to be in the eyes of its opponents. And, as everyone knows, despite the war the drugs still get through.
And to nbcnews.com: This is not the level of reporting I expect from you guys.