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David Frum Shares His Shocking Marijuana Ignorance With Newsweek/Daily Beast Audience

Relying on a variety of well-worn drug myths, Frum argues that legalizing marijuana would exacerbate inequality and problems affecting youths.

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Marijuana will not make disadvantaged people with "absent parents" more disadvantaged, nor will it make them too lazy to try to find work that is hardly available. Well-off, college-educated Americans (especially those who are current students) are just as likely, if not more, to smoke pot as those who come from families with less income. They are less likely, however, to face the harsh consequences of a pot arrest.

Rather, decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana would actually help keep families together. Parents who use marijuana, and mothers who use it while pregnant, can have custody of their children threatened, even if they are sound parents. Drug-testing newborns is not fault-proof,   errors are common, and it is most likely to occur when the mothers are not white.

In sum, legalizing marijuana isn't going to exacerbate injustice. At the very least, it would mean that low-income people of color enjoy the same pot privileges as white stoners. 

 

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne

 
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