Hey Jeff, here are those facts about 'Just Say No' you're looking for
Jeff Sessions, the new Attorney General in the United States, is a fucking moron. Most everyone in this country is acutely aware of this already; but just how bad is he? A few days ago, he proudly supported an idea of his to bring back anti-drug campaigns like those of the Reagan era. You know the ones: "Just Say No" and "D.A.R.E. to Keep Kids Off Drugs."
"In the ’80s and ’90s, we saw how campaigns stressing prevention brought down drug use and addiction," said Sessions, wrongly, in speech to law enforcement in Richmond, Va. "We can do this again."
Yet those campaigns, and many like them, are already proven to make kids do more drugs. So as Attorney General, what exactly is he advocating for? More drug use or less? Because as of right now, the country should be extremely confused by his position in all of this.
"I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use," he continued. "But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana — so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful."
Except, weed is already beginning to fix what the government's lack of oversight on Big Pharma and its massive opioid producing systems have created. Doctors in Massachussets (as one of the hundreds of examples around the nation) have been using medical marijuana as a replacement for opioids with great success for years. Dr. Gary Witman, of Canna Care Docs, claims that more than 75 percent of his patients he sees stop taking harder drugs completely when switching to cannabis, a safer alternative.
Standard drug and alcohol treatment centers experience a 30 percent success rate ... maybe ... and that number only includes those who have completed the entire program and haven't dropped out beforehand.
And kids aren't in any crazy danger right now as they have been in the past. Even with our "fashionable" social mores and lax acceptance of use right now, teens are using far less drugs (and having less sex) than ever before. Even in states with legalized recreational weed, teen use hasn't changed one bit — a powerful stat that rightfully gets under the skin of the anti-pot agenda.
But back to the anti-drug campaigns of the '80s and '90s. Simply put, they were an absolute disaster. So disastrous, in fact, that it was the biggest disaster of disasters.
In 2008, Carson B. Wagner and and S. Shyam Sundar found the anti-drug campaigns of yore were excruciatingly ineffective. In a hilarious twist of fate, all the money the government pushed into these campaigns had the opposite effect of what they were after. Wagner and Sundar, through actual research, claim that "viewers (of advertisements) may see anti-drug ads as posing the question of whether or not to experiment with drugs."
"These results should be seriously considered," the paper continues, "as it has been consistently recognized in psychological research that curiosity is one of the most potent motivational forces for human behavior.”
Let's not forget, this past October, the "This Is Your Brain On Drugs" actor even told us himself that he voted to legalize weed in California because, "It's healthier than alcohol. And the violence is 99 percent down from alcohol." It was all a ruse.
Evidence supporting the effectiveness of cannabis continues to compound by the day, even though the government is purposefully trying to halt its progress by growing bunk weed for research. The good thing, is that people are more attached to information, and tricks like those of the Reefer Madness times (when Sessions was in his prime) look more like an unfortunate sitcom rather than a federal government fighting for its citizens.
Sessions is going to lose this battle, and the American people will be better off for it. Stay awakened.