Legal Marijuana Is Good for Children and Other Living Things
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There is a silver lining to this cloud as states are beginning to recognize the dangers that drug prohibition poses to young people. Good Samaritan legislation, which absolves those calling 911 to report a drug overdose from criminal prosecution, may have saved the life of Stephanie Bongiovi, Jon Bon Jovi's daughter, after she recently overdosed on heroin. And a recent report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice found that, as a result of marijuana decriminalization in California, simple marijuana possession arrests of California juveniles fell from 14,991 in 2010 to 5,831 in 2011, a 61 percent difference. The authors of the study concluded, "Arrests for youths for the largest single drug category, marijuana, fell by 9,000 to a level not seen since before the 1980s implementation of the 'war on drugs.'"
Those who continue to support marijuana prohibition are fond of saying, "Think of the children." Weighing down the younger generation with the burden of arrest, criminal records, stigma and financial struggle is a greater risk to the health of the entire nation than marijuana could ever be.