Animal’s Daily News

Smiling BearWell, what do you know; apparently our legalization of marijuana here in Colorado has not, in spite of the fears of many, resulted in an increase of use by minors.  Excerpt:

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports that the state’s latest survey of teenagers “shows marijuana use has not increased since legalization.” In 2015 the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS), which is conducted every two years, found that 21 percent of high school students said they had consumed cannabis in the previous month, down slightly from 22 percent in 2011, the year before Colorado voters approved marijuana legalization, and up slightly from 20 percent in 2013, the year before state-licensed marijuana stores began serving recreational customers. The share of high school students who said they had ever used marijuana followed a similar pattern, dropping from 39 percent in 2011 to 37 percent in 2013, then rising to 38 percent last year. Since these differences are not statistically significant, the rate of marijuana use among Colorado teenagers was essentially unchanged during this period. And according to the survey report, “Colorado does not significantly differ from the national average in lifetime or current marijuana use.”

Image from article.
Image from article.

In other words, people on both sides of the political aisle here in Colorado were crapping themselves over this issue, and all their fears seem to have been unfounded.

Surprisingly – well, if you’re not a small-l-libertarian like yr.obdt. – the same sort of pants-shitting was seen back when our state legislature was debating what became our concealed-carry bill, and indeed every CCW bill ever passed in any state.  “It will be the Wild West!” people cried.  “There will be shootouts over parking spaces!”

Of course none of that happened.

I’m not sure why pols and so many of the people who vote for them are so willing to think the worst of people.  Left alone to make their own decisions, sure, there will be some folks who screw up, the consequences of which should be on them and them alone.   But the vast majority of folks are generally pretty responsible.  It would be nice if the knuckleheads in elected office would learn from their example.