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Oregonians for Law Reform - Measure 80, What About the Children?

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Published on Sep 20, 2012

Kids and marijuana -- it's something every parent worries about. With Measure 80 on the ballot, many parents are worried about what message legalized marijuana would send to their children.

While legalization seems scary, our experience with alcohol and tobacco show that regulation and education, not prohibition, are what best protects our children.

Today, fewer teens drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes than when we were growing up, and that's because we passed strict ID carding regulations, put beer and cigarettes out of kids' reach, and educated them about the real harms of smoking and drinking. In fact, teen smoking and drinking are at their lowest recorded levels ever, and we didn't arrest any adults for cigarettes and beer to accomplish that.

Kids consistently say that beer is harder to buy than pot. After Measure 80, marijuana is treated like alcohol. You have to be 21, you have to show ID, and you have to go to an adults-only store.

The message we send kids today is "Just Say No" and it doesn't work. Let's send the message that marijuana is for adults and someday they can make that decision for themselves. Vote Yes on Measure 80.

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