Speak Out: Legalizing marijuana

Readers reacted to a recent commentary by state Rep. Lyndon Yearick headlined “Legalizing recreational marijuana creates consequences for our youth.”

• Good points, but have we learned anything from Colorado? There is no comparison made between before and after cannabis was legalized. If so, were the benchmarks the same then as now? How does this compare to alcohol? Back in my day, we were taught the dangers of alcohol. — Dave Johnson

• It hasn’t been legal there long enough to really have a good sense of long-term changes in youth usage, but so far it does not seem to have had an impact on rates. I get why the author and others have concerns, but at least so far they don’t seem to be justified by the numbers. — Andrew Martin

• Legalize it! Make it the same restriction as alcohol and tobacco for minors. — Jackie Fisher

• Kids already use it a lot. Better that we fully legalize it so kids don’t risk fentanyl-laced weed from dealers who get it from bad sources. — Erin Chronister

• Great opinion. Lots of valid data. I have two questions for him. 1) Do you drink — even socially or at home privately? 2) In your opinion, which is worse, recreational smoking pot or recreational drinking? Let’s talk from that point because I don’t think the data is worse for alcohol than pot. — Joe Bernard

• Keeping children from using substances that harm them is a parental issue. Decriminalize and legalize cannabis. — Jim Ippolito

• My children go to school in Rep Yearick’s district. They attend Allen Frear Elementary and Postlethwait Middle School, which are ranked some of the best in Delaware. Within a rock’s throw distance to both schools is a gas station which sells two extremely lethal substances, alcohol and cigarettes. Not to mention the bar/restaurant across the street which has a line out the door for happy hour. Need I remind anyone thousands of children and teens die each year from both alcohol and tobacco, which the same cannot be said about cannabis. Guess why selling these things so close to two public schools is OK? The We Card program. It works folks. Sorry, this argument holds no ground. — Kim Petters

• Let’s not use “The Children” as an excuse to prohibit and criminalize adult use of a natural plant far less dangerous than perfectly legal alcohol because nobody condones child use, and this is about allowing adults only to choose marijuana.

It’s our responsibility as parents by to educate our children on drug use. It’s not the government’s job to force Draconian marijuana laws upon every adult citizen under the guise of protecting “The Children”.

What message are we sending our children when it is easier for them to obtain marijuana now with it being illegal than it is for them to buy alcohol?

It doesn’t take the intellect of a genius to understand that stores card kids for I.D. Thugs and gang members do not. They also push the real hard drugs on children. Stores do not. Marijuana legalization will make it harder for children to obtain it. — Brian Kelly

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