"We don’t need to replicate what’s out in California."
And why not? Exactly what consequences has California suffered as a result of making medical marijuana universally accessible?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the percentage of California teens reporting past-month marijuana use declined from 7.7% in 1999 to 6.86% in 2008. Over the same period, New York saw this figure rise from 6.8% to 7.81%.
It appears that California's system of regulated marijuana sales to adults is far more effective at reducing teen use rates than the prohibition-generated marijuana black market which thrives in New York.
1999 Drug Use Data:http://oas.samhsa.gov/NHSDA/99StateTa…
2008 Drug Use Data:http://oas.samhsa.gov/NHSDA/99StateTa…
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