TheGingerMan wrote:in the end I think it is the role of parents, and not the government (except for perhaps some actual useful information provided at school) to educate teenagers about the dangers of doing anything in excess. The government should rather be more concerned with regulating access to intoxicants, and maintaining quality control.
If the only danger were to one's own child if that child does something in excess, I might agree with it being only the role of parents, plus some actual useful info at school, as you put it. But what if the dangers of that behavior are to others, and to society as a whole as well? And what if it is a fact that large numbers of parents are failing in that duty to educate? Shouldn't concerned organizations of every kind, churches, Scouts, 4H and other youth groups, the Red Cross, and various levels of government then get involved in such education? (I'm not suggesting smoking pot in moderation is a danger to society here -- this is a general response to a very general statement, and it would be more broadly applicable to alcohol, drunk driving, firearm safety, harder drugs, risky sexual behavior, STDs, HIV-AIDS, teen pregnancy, date rape and so on.)