Legalized pot is making America’s lower class poorer and less responsible


first_imgNew York Post 20 August 2016Family First Comment: This is a fascinating read.“The middle and upper classes have been the ones out there pushing for decriminalization and legalization measures, and they have also tried to demolish the cultural taboo against smoking pot. But they themselves have chosen not to partake very much. Which is not surprising. Middle-class men and women who have jobs and families know that this is not a habit they want to take up with any regularity because it will interfere with their ability to do their jobs and take care of their families. But the poor, who already have a hard time holding down jobs and taking care of their families, are more frequently using a drug that makes it harder for them to focus, to remember things and to behave responsibly.”Pot for the poor! That could be the new slogan of marijuana-legalization advocates. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. There are now 25 states that permit the use of marijuana, including four as well as the District of Columbia that permit it for purely recreational use. Colorado and Washington were the first to pass those laws in 2012. At least five states have measures on the ballot this fall that would legalize recreational use. And that number is only likely to rise with an all-time high (no pun intended) of 58 percent of Americans (according to a Gallup poll last year) favoring legalization.The effects of these new laws have been immediate. One study, which collected data from 2011-12 and 2012-13 showed a 22 percent increase in monthly use in Colorado. The percentage of people there who used daily or almost daily also went up. So have marijuana-related driving fatalities. And so have incidents of children being hospitalized for accidentally ingesting edible marijuana products.But legalization and our growing cultural acceptance of marijuana have disproportionately affected one group in particular: the lower class.A recent study by Steven Davenport of RAND and Jonathan Caulkins of Carnegie Mellon notes that “despite the popular stereotype of marijuana users as well-off and well-educated . . . they lag behind national averages” on both income and schooling.For instance, people who have a household income of less than $20,000 a year comprise 19 percent of the population but make up 28 percent of marijuana users. And even though those who earn more than $75,000 make up 33 percent of the population, 25 percent of them are marijuana users. Having more education also seems to make it less likely that you are a user. College graduates make up 27 percent of the population but only 19 percent of marijuana users.The middle and upper classes have been the ones out there pushing for decriminalization and legalization measures, and they have also tried to demolish the cultural taboo against smoking pot. But they themselves have chosen not to partake very much. Which is not surprising. Middle-class men and women who have jobs and families know that this is not a habit they want to take up with any regularity because it will interfere with their ability to do their jobs and take care of their families.But the poor, who already have a hard time holding down jobs and taking care of their families, are more frequently using a drug that makes it harder for them to focus, to remember things and to behave responsibly.The new study, which looked at use rates between 1992 and 2013, also found that the intensity of use had increased in this time. The proportion of users who smoke daily or near daily has increased from 1 in 9 to 1 in 3. As Davenport tells me, “This dispels the idea that the typical user is someone on weekends who has a casual habit.”Sally Satel, a psychiatrist and lecturer at Yale, says “it is ironic that the people lobbying for liberalized marijuana access do not appear to be the group that is consuming the bulk of it.” Instead, it’s “daily and near-daily users, who are less educated, less affluent and less in control of their use.”In fact, the typical user is much more likely to be someone at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, whose daily life is driven, at least in part, by the question of how and where to get more marijuana. Just consider the cost. Almost a third of users are spending a tenth of their income on marijuana. And 15 percent of users spend nearly a quarter of their income to purchase the drug. The poor have not only become the heaviest users, but their use is making them poorer.READ MORE: http://nypost.com/2016/08/20/legalized-pot-is-making-americas-lower-class-poorer-and-less-responsible/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Batesville Swimming Sectional Prelims Results


first_imgSenior Top 10100 back:  Hawkins from 9th to 6th.100 breast:  Hatcher from 2nd to 1st.100 fly:  Hawkins to 10th.Junior Top 10.100 free: Parker from 8th to 4th.200 free:  Miller to 8th.500 free Miller to 7th.100 back:  Parker from 4th to 3rd.Sophomore Top 10.500 free:  Pelo to 10th. BHS is bringing boys back in 8 of 11 events on Saturday.  Parker, Hawkins, Hatcher and Weiler are each coming back in both of their individual events!  All three relays made the championship finals and swimmers made the championship finals in 3 individual events. Top 10 times of all time  Girls:  50 free:  Weiler 21.46-6th fastest ever.100 breast:  Hatcher 1:01.12 NEW SCHOOL RECORD.50 breast split:  Hatcher-2nd.Top 10 swimmers in an event of all time  Girls.100 free:  Parker 52.76 from 10th to 4th!!100 back:  Parker 1:02.60 from 5th to 4th; Hawkins 1:03.95 from 9th to 8th.100 breast:  Hatcher 1:01.12 from 2nd to 1st. Finals Qualifiers.200 medley relay-3rd(Championship Finals). 50 free:  Matt Weiler-3rd (Championship Finals).  100 fly:  Jacob Hawkins-16th. 100 free:  Matt Weiler-2nd (Championship Finals), Thomas Hatcher-9th, Seth Parker-15th.200 free relay-5th (Championship Finals).  100 back:  Seth parker-9th, Jacob Hawkins-11th.100 breast:  Thomas Hatcher-3rd (Championship Finals).400 free relay:  7th (Championship Finals).   center_img 19 of 23 individual swims (82%) resulted in personal best times! Matt Weiler qualified 3rd in the 50 free and 2nd in the 100 free for Saturday.Thomas Hatcher is 3rd in the 100 breast and set a new BHS record in the event. Improvements:   Grant Greene:  100 free.Nathan Hall 200 free.Zach Hall 200 IM ( 8 seconds), 100 breast.Thoma Hatcher 100 breast.Jacob Hawkins  100 back.Elliot Main  200 free (11 seconds).Kegan Main 100 fly.Clayton McKinley 50 free, 100 fly (5 seconds).Evan Miller 200 free, 500 free (9 seconds).Seth Parker 100 free, 100 back.Damien Pelo 200 IM, 500 free.Ben Schwettman 100 back (4 seconds).Matt Weiler 50 free, 100 free.Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene.last_img read more

Florentino Perez praised Zidane on winning LaLiga Title


first_imgMADRID: Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has hailed his players and coach Zinedine Zidane after they wrapped up the 2019-20LaLiga title.”We really wanted to win this league title and that is what we have done,” Perez told Spanish television network Movistar. “They have all put in enormous performances, especially Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtois and Casemiro, while Sergio Ramos is more than a captain. They have all built a brilliant team spirit while Zidane is the architect of this title win as he has put the players to work. We are so pleased.” Earlier, Zidane had stated that he is feeling like the happiest person in the world at the moment. “It’s huge. It’s a constant battle. There are 38 games, and only at the end can you achieve something great like today. I’m extremely thankful to the players, first and foremost, because they’re the ones fighting out on the pitch,” Zidane was quoted as saying at the post-match presser by the club’s official website. “I have my role and I’m with them, but it’s a team effort. This is a huge achievement, it’s incredibly emotional. It’s very tough to win the Spanish league, very tough indeed. “There are people who say that happiness makes no noise, but I’m the happiest person in the world on the inside right now. Many thanks to everyone for the support,” he added. IANS Also Watch: Truck Catches Fire in Nagaon; Locals Suspect Foul Playlast_img read more