Marijuana: Regulation is Better

Rev. Katherine B. Ray Decriminalization, Tax and Regulate

By Alexander E. Sharp In a world of bleak and distressing headlines, it was a pleasant New Year surprise to see the words “Teen Rebellion, Guess Who’s Shunning Cigarettes” introducing a recent editorial in the Chicago Tribune. Teen cigarette smoking has fallen by 50% in just the last five years, and has been declining for the past decade. These figures, released on December 16th by the nationwide Monitoring the Future study out of the University of Michigan, give us more than simply good news about reduced teen smoking. They should also inform our growing national debate about whether we should continue to prohibit marijuana or legalize it.