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Idle and High on Drugs? Not Us, Say Today's Youth
Posted by CN Staff on July 01, 2002 at 09:22:15 PT
By Anthony King
Source: Daily Telegraph UK
Everyone knows what modern young people are like. They live for the moment, drink heavily and are into drugs. Born into an uncertain world, they are reluctant to plan for the future.That is the stereotype. However, a special YouGov survey for The Telegraph shows it to be almost entirely inaccurate. Today's young man or woman leaving school and moving into work or higher education is far from feckless.
The average young person is sober, career-minded and disinclined to experiment with any drug stronger than cannabis. Few complain of being badly educated.Older generations have been despairing of "modern youth" at least since the time of Plato. Evidently they are as wrong today as they ever were.YouGov sought the opinions of 17 to 22-year-olds on matters ranging from their career prospects to their use, if any, of hard drugs. It turns out that most young people face the future with confidence and will probably lead conventional lives.Almost three-quarters say they have a good job or will get one in the near future. Moreover, they do not expect to spend the rest of their lives wandering aimlessly from one job to another.A large majority expects to pursue a career and one in 12 - mostly girls and young women - expects to concentrate on being a parent and homemaker. Almost three-quarters positively look forward to enjoying whatever work they take up.A few admit to heavy drinking but about half say they drink very little or not at all.As for illegal drugs, 40 per cent confess to experimenting with cannabis but more than half say they have never used any banned substance and 86 per cent say they are not regular drug users.One cloud over young people - especially those in higher education - is debt. Forty per cent say they are worried about their ability to repay.In many cases, their debts are substantial. More than a third of YouGov's respondents have debts of 1,500 or more and 10 per cent owe 10,000 or more.Source: Daily Telegraph (UK)Author: Anthony KingPublished: Monday, July 1, 2002Copyright: 2002 Telegraph Group LimitedContact: dtletters telegraph.co.ukWebsite: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/Related Articles & Web Site:YouGovhttp://www.yougov.com/Schools Questioned on Cannabis http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread13226.shtmlPolice Chiefs Set To Extend Soft Line on Drugs http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread13125.shtml 
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Comment #12 posted by Industrial Strength on July 01, 2002 at 20:32:23 PT
yea...
until winter set in...Everyone would be huddled down in their igloo's with packs of polar bears, wolves and, worst of all, the dreaded musk ox emerging from the forest with human scent in their noses...
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Comment #11 posted by BGreen on July 01, 2002 at 20:12:09 PT
Yep, I.S.
Your "commune on 4 acres" idea sounds better every day. LOL
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Comment #10 posted by Industrial Strength on July 01, 2002 at 20:08:00 PT
really
really I guess you have to give them seperate to do italic and bold. You really have to be growing dope to go to prison here.
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Comment #9 posted by Industrial Strength on July 01, 2002 at 20:05:39 PT
I'm so happy
that I live in Canada. I don't want to seem like a braggart, but we kind of have all of the USA's good points without alot of the bad. Or at least far lesser bad things. No asset forfiture laws. No rabid swat teams. You really have to be growing dope to go to prison here. I could go on and on, but I don't want to rub it in. Unfortunately, I doubt we will ever have true justice regarding the war on drugs until the USA changes it's ways. Im rambling. 
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Comment #8 posted by BGreen on July 01, 2002 at 19:57:56 PT
Not in Missouri
Here they use asset forfeiture to support the cops, and they make the locked-up cannabis users pay for their own incarceration, which is hard when they've TAKEN ALL OF YOUR SHIT!It's a self-sustaining, evil business.
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Comment #7 posted by Industrial Strength on July 01, 2002 at 19:48:54 PT
I think...
that the more "conservative" type people might start coming over to our side because of "the god damn cost of the whole thing." Nothing they love more than money and hate more than paying taxes.
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Comment #6 posted by CorvallisEric on July 01, 2002 at 18:32:38 PT
About the Telegraph
And the Mail. From over 2 years ago:
http://cannabisnews.com/news/5/thread5262.shtml
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Comment #5 posted by Dan B on July 01, 2002 at 17:14:13 PT:
Thanks, cltrdmg
I appreciate your insight into this publication. Quite interesting, isn't it--this casual reference to cannabis in an otherwise conservative publication? I hope to see more of the same in the future, and especially in American pubs.Dan B
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Comment #4 posted by cltrldmg on July 01, 2002 at 16:37:10 PT
Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph, is usually a very conservative (IMO) right-wing paper. I disagree with 90% of what they say, but for some strange reason, they're more balanced about cannabis. There was even one surprising pro-cannabis article when the class c announcement first came out.
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Comment #3 posted by Dan B on July 01, 2002 at 14:31:54 PT:
I expected them to say "caffeine"!
Think about this statement:The average young person is sober, career-minded and disinclined to experiment with any drug stronger than cannabis. What we have here is a matter-of-fact, everyone-knows-this-is-true type of statement that cannabis is so mild a drug as to be no concern whatsoever to employers. I don't know what the typical politics of the Daily Telegraph are, but I would have to say that this is a step forward for those who favor an end to the war on cannabis in the UK.Can you imagine any newspaper with a large readership making such a statement about cannabis use in the United States today? I can't. Not even the St. Petersburg Times, a newspaper I greatly admire for its stance against the war on some drugs, has been so casual about it.Bravo, Daily Telegraph! Dan B
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Comment #2 posted by Zero_G on July 01, 2002 at 11:23:33 PT
Democratic Liberalism?
The current DLC steered party supports NAFTA and GATT, the IMF and World Bank, the Africa Trade pact, Welfare deform... on and on. It's not just a cannabis thing, IMHO.It is a far cry from the ideals of economic and social justice once offered, though only sometimes acted upon. Also, let us never forget the deceits of Democratic Presidents such as the Tonkin Gulf Resolution.
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Comment #1 posted by E_Johnson on July 01, 2002 at 11:02:19 PT
Gore hints at changing his rotten ways?
An interesting note about Gore trying to worm his way back into liberalism:http://salon.com/politics/wire/2002/06/30/gore/index.html Al Gore told top Democratic fund-raisers Saturday that the party's 2000 campaign had too many consultants and that if he runs for president again he will speak from the heart and "let it rip."The former vice president attended a weekend retreat with about 60 fund-raisers and Democratic Party activists from across the country.Reporters were barred from the meetings, but aides and others said Gore promised a different kind of campaign than the Democrats ran in 2000, when he lost to George W. Bush.Gore said that campaign had "too much strategy, too many consultants giving too much advice," said Chris Korge, a party fund-raiser from Miami.Too many consultants, too much strategy = not enough personal integrity.Does this mean old Roach Clip is going to stop rewriting history to get those copious quantities of marijuana out of his life story?
I still don't hear the sound of Gore's footsteps running to protect sick people from being murdered by the DEA.http://www.vasilisa.com/LACRC/
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