Regarding last week’s letter about adolescent cannabis consumption and the petition by Sensible B.C., the writer refers to New Zealand studies where the IQ scores of adolescents ‘can lose eight points’ with cannabis consumption.
The petition before B.C. citizens is to eliminate the current form of prohibition. The petition does not promote in any way consumption of cannabis by adolescents (or anyone).
Prohibition does not work. It is an expensive, needless cost on society. Space restrictions prevent me from quoting numerous studies or famous experts on prohibition, except to paraphrase economist Milton Friedman, prohibition is a subsidy to drug dealers.
Studies have also shown in countries where prohibition of cannabis has been revoked, per capita participation actually declined. It is therefore not a certainty that the end of cannabis prohibition in B.C. will lead to a stoned out, low IQ society.
Cannabis may reduce IQ scores, but so do many other legal and illegal substances.
I personally don’t want our citizens having to live with the threat of a criminal record and incarceration over a puff. Doesn’t that sound sensible?