Attitudes to many things are cemented early in adolescence by the cognitive and social biases of first the parents and then the ‘system’.
This ‘system’ includes institutionalised educational and religious dogma along with peer pressure, prevailing social and moral attitudes and now relentless print and digital marketing with uncontrolled social media access.
So, through all of this, today’s more worldly, educated kids learn at a much earlier age than my generation, that it”s all crap. At a much earlier age they are experimenting with sex, drugs and alcohol real hard and often, finding new ways to try and hide it from the parents and circumvent the law so as to not get caught, as we did, and it’s been that way for quite a while now and a succession of parliaments and judiciaries have simply ignored it.
Now, because of this ignorant attitude, todays more savvy kids, rather than buzz out on marijuana before going out (as it can be smelled and is of course illegal), find drugs like ‘ice’ along with alcohol, a virtually lethal combination, easy to use to ‘top-up’ before going out.
This ‘topping up’ with drugs and alcohol before going out make a mockery of the ‘lock-out’ laws. These laws have achieved nothing but lose gigs for musicians and money for venue operators, and the kids are all still off their faces on this ‘ice’ shit anyway.
By all means educate through programs in schools from early childhood onwards but also lets change the standard a bit eh? Lets realise that kids from all generations have experimented and will continue to do so. Its a young persons right. But it would be so easy to change the bar at which they start. Instead of going from ‘ice’ to alcohol to violence it would be marijuana to alcohol to ‘look at the pretty lights’.
And as a postscript, the push for the use of marijuana for medical purposes is great, thank you, but saying it should only be for medical use is asinine. Those people who have agreed with this have been duped by the ‘system’. The black market in drugs will continue and you will have achieved nothing but another revenue stream for criminals. Legalise it now so all can benefit from this simple herb!