Recognizing the potential consequences of cultural shifts are difficult when you’re personally invested in an outcome. Assuming a level-headed view about the pitfalls of any movement helps to protect the integrity of the cause and those involved in it.
Take cannabis. There are many reasons to be excited about the upswell of marijuana legalization efforts in America: a reduction in criminal prosecutions; the release of prisoners serving marijuana-related offenses, which disproportionately affects the black population; to combat the opioid epidemic; increased funding for clinical research; and the general loosening of a half-century old bias toward a substance that often does more good than harm in users.
Of course, there are detrimental effects. One recent research project focused on how legalization impacts teenagers. The new study, published in the journal Prevention Science discovered that over a 10-year period, youth aged 12-21 dramatically increased first-time consumption of marijuana at a