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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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Teenager speaking with counselor

Developing a healthy style of communication is important to most people and considered a life skill that many desire. This skill can be developed at an early age and many educators are now making it a point to foster communication skills to help their students. 

Unfortunately, we sometimes see younger people who show signs of unhealthy communication that manifest in the forms of unhealthy relationships and anger.

 

If you are seeing these signs, know that there is something you can do to correct it.

 

February 17, 2020