Legislation that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 years old and over has been slowly advancing in Connecticut, but an association of groups raised their voice on Wednesday in a presentation in state capitol Hartford to express concern over the issue.
Their concern is the children. ”I see it every day in the people I go to school with,” local news channel WTNH reported high school senior Elizabeth Abernathy saying at the press conference. “By legalizing it for people over the age of 21, you are just opening the gates for people of all ages to gain access as it will be easier to obtain.”
Other activists like Madison Youth Services’ Scott Cochran claimed that “new products will evolve” that are especially appealing to young people.
The presentation also included the voice of a Yale School of Medicine psychiatrist that claimed that states with regulated cannabis have the highest rates of teen marijuana users in the country. “It’s just a matter of time that if we were to legalize, we would see the same trend,” cautioned Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza before adding that teens were more likely to develop mental illnesses when they use cannabis at an early age.