On Tuesday evening's Nancy Grace on HLN, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Nancy Grace had a heated debate about the legalization of marijuana. Nancy Grace, who is clearly against the legalization of marijuana, expresses her concern that marijuana is a dangerous drug. She references two cases, one in which a Denver man killed his wife after eating marijuana-infused candy , and the other in which a college student who was visiting Denver jumped to his death from a hotel balcony after eating marijuana cookies.
These disturbing cases are even more disturbing when you consider the statistics of adolescents who are using marijuana. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 11.7% of 8th graders reported using marijuana in the last year; 27.3% of 10th graders reported using marijuana in the last year; 35.1% of 12th graders reported using marijuana in the last year; and 5.8% of those said they used marijuana daily or near daily. "If current trends continue, marijuana use among high school seniors could soon become more common than cigarette smoking," says Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in an interview with USA Today.
Dr. Drew, although he agreed with Nancy that marijuana could be addictive and dangerous, he also said that he is a clinician and not a politician, and that the legalization of marijuana is up to the people to decide. The debate continued on HLN's Dr. Drew On Call when Dr. Drew suggested that perhaps the taxes from the sale of marijuana could go towards benefiting rehab centers and treatment, but Nancy Grace vehemently disagreed saying, " Never once has the federal government or state governments said, 'You know what, let's not spend all these millions of dollars on pork. Let's try to rehab people ... It ain't happening, Drew."
What are your thoughts? Is #Pot2Blame , and should it be legalized?