Study Says It's Easier For Teens To Buy Marijuana Than Beer

It’s that time of year — time for one of America’s leading prohibitionist organizations, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (aka CASA), to once again report that seven-plus decades of criminal pot prohibition have resulted in making cannabis more readily available to teens than alcohol!

Study Says It’s Easier For Teens To Buy Marijuana Than Beer
via KPVI News 6
A recent study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has some startling results about teens and drugs.
In their study, they found that 40 percent of teens could get marijuana within a day; another quarter said they could get it within an hour. In another portion of the survey, teens between the ages of 12 and 17 say it’s easier to get marijuana than buy cigarettes**, beer or prescription drugs. That number is up 37 percent from 2007.

[**Note: The CASA study actually reported that teens could more readily access pot than beer or prescription drugs; the percentage of teens reporting that either marijuana or cigarettes were the “easiest to buy” were equal (26 percent) — got to love the mainstream media’s dedication to accuracy in reporting. That said, the percentage of Americans actually smoking cigarettes is now at an all-time low.] Ask any advocate of marijuana prohibition, including CASA’s head Joseph ‘Russian Roulette’ Califano, why they oppose legalization and you will almost always receive the same response: Keeping pot illegal keeps it out of the hands of children. Yet CASA’s own survey demonstrates once again that just the opposite is true. In fact, it’s legalization, regulation, and public education — coupled with the enforcement of age restrictions — that most effectively keeps mind-altering substances out of the hands of children.
Abdicating the production and distribution of pot solely to black market criminal entrepreneurs increases, rather than decreases, teens’ access to cannabis.
In short, no system could possibly provide America’s children with greater access to weed than the one we have: prohibition. Now when will our elected officials get the message?

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  1. #30 alex: “the sad thing is- that a good majority of responsible adult marijuana users probably have a harder time getting marijuana then kids in middle or high school.”
    Yes, that’s the truth actually.

  2. this just shows how making it illegal makes it easier to hide. if you made it regulated and set an age (like tobacco and alcohol) then you couild monitor and control it to a reasonable extent.

  3. an btw i can get a quarter with thirty bucks an a call in about 20 min an be listening to tool an watching cartoons in 10

  4. Someone at NORML needs to take on this twit Barrett Duke at the Baptist Press. He’s arguing for continued prohibition based on “moral standards” (read: ultra-biased, close-minded religious oppressiveness) and this article of his is astounding in its ignorance and gall. It makes me sick to my stomach.
    I would have commented on it, but of course, they don’t allow that there, either.
    Can someone at NORML contact this buffoon?
    http://baptistpress.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=30379

  5. I would just like to say that when I was in school I remember once a year (from sixth grade on) a teacher would give us these surveys about drugs, alcohol, and gangs (it was just a local or state thing or something.) We were always told not to write our names on them and to be honest. I lied on every single one of them until about my sophmore year. I always said I did way more drugs than I ever really did, or even tried. And I always said I drank alot, even though I never did. I’m just wondering how many of these teens that they polled were honest. (Not that I’m disgreeing or anything, because when I was in school it WAS easier to find pot than alcohol.)

  6. #39 alex Says:
    August 29th, 2009 at 7:53 pm
    “the sad thing is-
    that a good majority of responsible adult marijuana users probably have a harder time getting marijuana then kids in middle or high school.”
    yet the government is somehow protecting us from ourselves. WTF?
    RE: Uhmmm…..Alex,
    Please remember…
    – “It’s for the children… 🙄
    It was made illegal, mainly, to
    ‘protect’ the children…”

    (QUOTE from Lois Griffin,
    Family Guy – Episode 420)

  7. #39 alex Says:
    August 29th, 2009 at 7:53 pm
    “the sad thing is-
    that a good majority of responsible adult marijuana users probably have a harder time getting marijuana then kids in middle or high school.”
    yet the government is somehow protecting us from ourselves. WTF?
    RE: Uhmmm…..Alex,
    Please remember…
    – “It’s for the children… 🙄
    It was made illegal, mainly, to
    ‘protect’ THEM…”

    (QUOTE from Lois Griffin,
    Family Guy – Episode 420)

  8. #39 alex Says:
    August 29th, 2009 at 7:53 pm
    “the sad thing is-
    that a good majority of responsible adult marijuana users probably have a harder time getting marijuana then kids in middle or high school.”
    yet the government is somehow protecting us from ourselves. WTF?
    RE: Uhmmm…..Alex,
    Please remember…
    – “It’s for the children… 🙄
    It was made illegal, mainly, to
    ‘protect’ THEM…”

    (QUOTE from Lois Griffin,
    Family Guy – Episode 420)

  9. That survey is definitely true. I just graduated from high school and nearly everyone I knew smoked weed and a good bit of my friends sold at one point or another. Weed was a quick phone call, and a 5 minute car ride away. Alcohol? Oh jeeze. You have to plan ahead of time before liquor or beer distributers closed and you had to find someone 21 who wasn’t busy or just didn’t feel like doing it. Also you had to find a place to drink, whereas with weed you could just go on an L ride.

  10. Ya so true. Like you’ve no idea. I mean, its pretty easy to get alcohol if your underaged, as long as you know the right places to go or know someone. But even then its riskier and harder to hide. But a couple grams of pot, well for one that’s easy to hide, you can put it anywhere. And secondly, they guys selling it don’t care if your a minor or not, whereas with alcohol they do.

  11. shit then i need to go back to high school, cause down here in riverview fl u cant find shit let alone anything good. so i have doubt in this story, and if im wrong let me know l2sb on utube

  12. What’s so bad about marijuana? It tastes good (Better than cigarettes) and it gives you the best feeling in the world! I think marijuana should be legal and you should be able to smoke it in public! Nuff Said.

  13. I started 1n 1968 ain’t hardly a day gone by without it. The 21st amendment prohibits policies of prohabition.Not nessasarily the legalization of alcohol. That just happened to be the subject of the day.

  14. Its true, i go to one of the largest universities in the country, and it is so easy to get marijuana, while ive been having issues getting booze.

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