Pubdate: Sat, 17 Dec 2011 Source: Times Union (Albany, NY) Copyright: 2011 Capital Newspapers Division of The Hearst Corporation Contact: http://www.timesunion.com/forms/emaileditor.asp Website: http://www.timesunion.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/452 Author: Mitch Earleywine PH.D., Professor, University at Albany LEGALIZING POT HELPS WITH CONTROL Research by the group Monitoring The Future, described in recent news reports, shows that teen marijuana use continues to rise while teen alcohol use hits historic lows. A taxed-and-regulated market like alcohol's ensures that anyone selling the substance has considerable incentive to keep it out of the hands of teens. Those who sell to underage citizens lose their license and their profits. The underground market provides no such protections, essentially letting sales of marijuana to teens stay as profitable as sale to anyone else. A taxed-and-regulated market in marijuana could help us keep the plant under our own control and out of the hands of our children. We can see it's working for alcohol. Let's help it work for marijuana, too. Mitch Earleywine, PH.D. Professor University at Albany Albany - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.