DARE Published an Op-ed Calling for Legalization
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DARE Published an Op-ed Calling for Legalization
Posted by CN Staff on July 31, 2015 at 07:25:29 PT
By Claire Landsbaum
Source: New Yorker Magazine
USA -- The war on drugs is over, and weed won. D.A.R.E., the organization designed to plant a deep-seated fear of drugs in the minds of every late-20th-century middle schooler, published an op-ed calling for marijuana legalization.Written by former deputy sheriff Carlis McDerment in response to a letter in the Columbus Dispatch, the op-ed explains that it's impossible for law enforcement to control the sale of marijuana to minors. "People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children," McDerment writes. "We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer."
He continues:Anyone who suggests we outlaw everything dangerous to children would also have to ban stairs, Tylenol, bleach, forks and outlet sockets and definitely alcohol. Those things harm children every day, but anyone championing that we ban them would be laughed at.I support legalization precisely because I want to reduce youths’ drug use. Drug dealers don’t care about a customer’s age. The answer isn’t prohibition and incarceration; the answer is regulation and education.For a program that pioneered the questionable "just say no" policy, this is a breakthrough.Source: New Yorker Magazine (NY)Author: Claire LandsbaumPublished: July 31, 2015Copyright: 2015 The Conde Nast Publications Inc.Contact: themail newyorker.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #13 posted by rchandar on August 10, 2015 at 16:03:21 PT:
Be Yourself
If you go with mainstream society,it's like mortgaging your life to a faceless troll. If we're post-Obama, the message to people like DARE and other anti-pot beacons: we can't afford your point of view, and would be crazy to even attempt it.
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Comment #12 posted by BuddyBoy420 on August 08, 2015 at 18:17:20 PT:
DARE is funny
This is a pretty hilarious write-up by DARE from an earlier date:
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on August 03, 2015 at 13:08:24 PT
Meet The Organization Behind The Pro-MJ Letter
Meet The Organization Behind The Viral Pro-Marijuana Letter That DARE Accidentally PublishedURL:
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Comment #10 posted by runruff on August 02, 2015 at 06:49:43 PT
Dare to think for youself.
Contributor to a wannabe somebody;"Do you know anything about marijuana "?Wannabe Somebody:No!Contributor: If I give you a billion dollar budget, will you say , "Mmmarijuana bad, mmmk"WS : Mk!And so, D.A.R.E. Was born.
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Comment #9 posted by LordofDanknis on August 01, 2015 at 19:42:36 PT
Nope, just the opposite!! 
They took it down, and said it "was a mistake" that this was on the DARE homepage. They're not deserving of any praise. In fact, they're still actively fear-mongering cannabis with things like this: "Every dangerous and addictive drug was once believed to be safe and medicinal. Cocaine, heroin and nicotine were once advertised as being good for you, or at least not harmful. In every instance, we learned otherwise — the hard way. Marijuana is the newest “safe” and “medicinal” drug to reenact this tragic drama. Just as scientific research is documenting the unequivocal public-health and public-safety dangers of marijuana, states are moving rapidly towards legalization or decriminalization." I hate stupid people, especially when they form DARE. 
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on July 31, 2015 at 20:41:37 PT
At least the retraction
got rid of that image I was having of old Daryl turning over in his grave.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on July 31, 2015 at 18:19:33 PT
Well... no one reads their feed...
Not even them. That's dense of them.We have always known they didn't have a clue... but dang... take care of your business and pretend you know what's going on, at least.
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on July 31, 2015 at 17:15:34 PT
DARE screw Americans
DARE is responsible for increased hard drug use and addiction rates. Nothing good to say about them. No matter what they do today to turn around, they have screwed America. Badly.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on July 31, 2015 at 10:57:08 PT
Sorry for the Accident!
Now get on TV and explain it!
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Comment #4 posted by observer on July 31, 2015 at 10:39:22 PT
Big Mistake
Oops! Looks like DARE skimmed a headline, and assumed it was consistent with DARE's jail-for-pot-smokers, police state make-work policy. D.A.R.E. Accidentally Publishes Pro-Marijuana Legalization Post
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Comment #3 posted by MikeEEEEE on July 31, 2015 at 09:34:50 PT
This is really big news.
But its going to take time to educate the masses that have been misinformed for decades. I may be too optimistic in predicting 2 years for national legalization. 
I wonder if republicans read the New Yorker.
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Comment #2 posted by Universer on July 31, 2015 at 08:35:05 PT
Moly.We're at the 20, and thinking about moves for our end-zone dance.Keep it up keep it up keep it up up up. Needless to say.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on July 31, 2015 at 07:50:45 PT
Has she sang yet?
That full figured rotund lady with the very big voice, may be getting ready to sing her heart out?
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