What does the White House marijuana stance mean for Colorado kids?
You probably heard: White House spokesman Sean Spicer recently said to expect “greater enforcement” of federal drug laws, which list marijuana as an illegal substance. He added:
There is still a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana.
His comments were scrutinized in Colorado and other states that have legalized recreational — as opposed to medical — marijuana. (Colorado has voted to legalize both.)
Smart Colorado doesn’t have any unique insight into what Spicer meant — or what the potential legal implications could be for Colorado.
But regardless of what the federal government does, Smart Colorado — which was formed after marijuana was legalized here — believes our mission of protecting Colorado youth will remain as urgent as ever.
The current generation of Colorado kids has grown up surrounded by marijuana commercialization. It’s not surprising then that their perception of marijuana’s harm has decreased, according to the most recent state survey data.
While the federal stance on marijuana could change at any moment, these youth perceptions will not suddenly reverse. Increasing teens’ understanding of the hazards of marijuana will require intensive and sustained effort. With your help, we will continue this important work.