Executive Director of the Drug Free Schools Coalition
Con to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"
"[L]egalization is really commercialization of marijuana, that is what it is about… just like the tobacco industry, you're going to market to young people, you're already doing it. In Colorado, we've got Sesame Street characters advertising marijuana, we've got Santa Claus, we've got Shatter, under the name of Girl Scout Cookie Shatter, those are all things that appeal to kids. In Ohio, you created a little cartoon character called Buddy to promote marijuana legalization just like we had Joe Camel for cigarettes...
It's harmful to kids. And if it becomes commercialized, even though it’s only sold for people 21 years old, kids are going to get it. In Colorado right now, the leading source of marijuana that kids are getting comes from someone who bought it legally... The kids in Colorado now lead the country in marijuana use...
Marijuana expansion and commercialization is going to increase public costs. Looking at alcohol and tobacco as our guide, for every dollar we get in revenue we pay out ten dollars or more in social costs… [The cannabis industry] is going to make money on marijuana, I’m going to wind up paying the costs."
Statement at the Great Marijuana Debate (sponsored by ProCon.org), Mar. 3rd, 2016
Experts Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to marijuana or drug policy. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to drug, crime, or public health issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Executive Director, Drug Free Schools Coalition
Criminal Defense Attorney
Special Adviser, Drug Free America Foundation
Member, International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy
Instructor, Rutgers University Summer School of Alcohol Studies, 1981-1986
Instructor, Kean College, 1983
Instructor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 1983
Former Research Scientist, Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, New Jersey Department of Health