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It’s a question that keeps coming up: why not legalize marijuana? Wouldn’t it help alleviate prison crowding, drug-related violence and arrests? The short answer is: no.

And now for some explanation.

Legalizing marijuana may stop run-of-the-mill possession arrests, but cases involving minors, illegal distribution, driving under the influence, etc would still be cause for arrest. So the current estimate of 860,000 marijuana-related arrests may not actually decrease drastically.

Moving on to the prison system, it may be surprising to note that only about 8% of those in prison are there due to marijuana-only charges. Since marijuana arrests wouldn’t completely cease if it was legalized, we might not even see a significant drop in this already low percentage.

And finally, some would argue that legalizing marijuana would help end drug-related violence in the US. However, within our borders, cocaine/crack, heroin and meth are the real culprits when it comes to crime.

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It’s still summer, and by this point, your kids may be getting antsy with all the time on their hands. That’s why it’s even more important to make sure that they are handling media responsibly. 

Tips to keep your teens safe this summer (and all through the year!):

June 01, 2020