In Columnist's data on marijuana outdated, copied below, Scoot Crandall tries to give us the spin, as has been the case in so much of this Local Option activity. In this endeavor, statistics has and continues to be abused by the proponents of the intiative to demonize safe, legal procurement of medical marijuana, and the business that provide that necessary service. Now, the very statistic that comes from the sources that Team FTC uses, CASA, is misused when cited by a pro-dispensary proponent. Could it be due to that data being very inconvenient?
In Fort Collins, though there are video cameras photographing every transaction, and have been for a while (I should know, I'm a customer of Mr. Ackerman), and one must show one's card and ID to be allowed into the medicine area, children still seem to be able to access marijuana, in the view of Scoot Crandall, Ray Martines, ADA Ritter, and Sheriff Smith.
Are they investigating how that occurs? Probably the same way that it occurs at liquor stores, ya think? Or is it through the classic channels, the same way I got it back in the late '60s? But no, medical marijuana is special, with a lot of this kind of thing (Schools report sharp rise in drug incidents, 11/8/2010, Education News Colorado):
“I’m sure it’s the legalization of medical marijuana,” said Beverly Kingston, director of the Adams County Youth Initiative, …
Sure you're sure. But what does the actual statistics say? Can anybody actually document an increase in youth smoking of marijuana that directly correlates to Medical Marijuana Centers? Farther along in Schools report sharp rise in drug incidents, Michele DeBerry, “who oversees discipline and attendance issues in the Boulder Valley School District, where drug-related incidents were up 23 percent in the 2009-10 school year over the previous year. She noted that drug-related incidents were split evenly between schools in the city of Boulder – which is home to a concentration of medical marijuana dispensaries – and those farther east, where dispensaries are less prevalent. …”, emphasis mine.
Lets recall certain facts about this poster:
Why are we not attempting to shutting down liquor stores with the same vigor that we are attempting to shut down medical marijuana centers? Why are we trying to shut down medical marijuana centers, while turning a blind eye towards the commercial manufacture of alcohol and its dispensation? Nobody in the Fort can, with a straight face, say that alcohol doesn't damage society WAY MORE than medical marijuana. So what's up with the gratitutous hippocrasy?
But what do we get? A local assistant DA and Sheriff who have crossed the line, who are politicking in uniform and via the office (subject of another post).
Steve Ackerman (Coloradoan Soapbox, July 9) did a significant disservice to Fort Collins youths when he misused a national report to justify the operation of businesses such as his in our community. He cited a report by the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, or CASA, that indicated marijuana had declined 22 percent since 1999 (June 2011). While CASA is a reputable source of information, Ackerman failed to note the most recent data point on the report was from 2009.Surely, he understands a lot has changed in this nation and this community since 2009 as it relates to marijuana. What he also failed to mention from the report was there is evidence of increased marijuana use among youths between 2007 and 2009. All other substances have shown a steady decline. Misusing data in this way is disingenuous. If you are interested in how our youths are doing, ask your superintendent of schools, school principals, school counselors, SROs and others who are faced with this new challenge among Fort Collins youths.