The Marijuana Policy Initiative is a volunteer non-partisan coalition of people from across the US who have come to understand the negative local-to-global implications of an organized, legal, freely-traded, commercialized and industrialized marijuana market.
Looking beyond our own youthful indiscretions and overly narrow understanding of policy options — like lock ’em up or let ’em use — we have come to realize that in the same way that we and our parents were duped by the tobacco industry, we and our kids have been taken in by the propaganda of another addiction-based industry.
21st Century evidence and experience is clear. An open marijuana market quickly slips out of control in both product potency and in escalating problematic use rates in youth and other vulnerable populations. As use escalates, so do myriad social problems and costs associated with this drug.
We are ordinary citizens who happen to be volunteers, educators, scientists, CEO’s, salespersons, doctors, lawyers, psychologists, construction professionals, authors, counselors, nurses, substance use prevention professionals, coaches, faith leaders, law enforcement officers. In other words, we come from all walks of life but share a common concern: legalization and commercialization is the wrong direction to go with marijuana and we must reverse course while we still can. More importantly, we are all parents or grandparents, brothers or sisters, sons or daughters, cousins or friends. Most of us have seen the underside and negative consequences of the pot trade first hand.
The posts on this blog are the distillation of information and thoughts shared by this diverse and growing group of concerned citizens. It comes from their vigilance in looking beyond the glamorization and manufactured mystique of this industry to the social and public health implications of this “experiment” that is using our kids as the subjects.
Thanks for reading.