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-- -- So to speak with medical marijuana now legal in eighteen states in this country and recreational use legal in Colorado and Washington states.
New concerns are cropping up on who these new laws will -- fact.
Joining us now is syndicated columnist Naomi Schaefer Riley -- so much for joining us so high time to to tell the marijuana cop for many years and -- -- was now moving that to Colorado another sign of the mainstreaming of marijuana.
-- -- -- -- that's immoral -- -- the joint that's cool.
-- is bad.
-- a lot of people talked about how the arrests for drug use are having a disparate impact on lower income communities but I think actually pot consumption.
Is going to have a disparate income impact on lower income communities.
And I've talked to a number of experts this week for my column and one expert told me he thinks that in the first year after pot is legalized -- consumption could go up 10%.
And everyone agrees that the people who are going to be looking -- the people with the fewest responsibilities the young and the pork.
And I think this we'll have problematic -- mean.
You know pot is basically summing it makes you docile it makes you would not really interested in contributing too much making their mark on society.
We have a very low labor force participation rate among -- low income men.
And I don't I think there it's looks like they're going to be the ones -- -- going to be taking advantage of these news London new laws to be smoking pot.
It's a really good point I mean it's advocates say that unlike in correctly in my view -- unlike.
Drinking you're probably not gonna beat anyone up after smoking pot but it does make you passive and boring.
And -- the self focused so in the middle of a recession do we really need more people who were lazy.
Absolutely not and I think you know the other thing is that you know basically American life these days is about freedom and having a lot of choices yeah.
Sexual choices you have drug choices -- -- also to choices.
And middle class parents and upper upper class parents.
Have -- their children self control they they teach them.
You know don't smoke cigarettes they teach them don't drink too much your career is important you have to get into college he's -- as they get drilled into the -- Of kids from those kind of homes if you are growing up in a -- -- low income neighborhood.
The self control issue is not drilled into your head and so you know taking advantage of things that now going to be perfectly legal I think we'll be even more prevalent.
So your your point is it'll affect all of us but for me.
More than exactly that kind of depressing you know I I actually think so I think -- what a lot of times you know when we talk about these issues always can think about it.
I want more freedom from need to be able to do all these things.
Well we don't think sometimes about what that freedom is going to mean for other people I mean it -- a parallel here I think with the sexual revolution which is -- fact.
Which is affected certain segments of our population much more harmful in another sense that it's a -- point if you think drug legalization is great -- -- for weakens the that the exactly -- -- let me -- -- picking up.
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