Stoner Move: D.A.R.E. Mistakenly Announces Support for Marijuana Legalization


On Monday a funny thing happened to the highly contentious folks at D.A.R.E. — someone accidentally hit the ‘Post’ button and ended up publishing an inadvertent pro-marijuana legalization Op-ed piece.

Initially some thought the Drug War propagandists at D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) had an epiphany – a moment of clarity. Unfortunately for the truth, this fleeting moment of lucidity was little more than a Freudian slip.

The long-winded version of their short-lived support goes like this…

Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk

Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk

The pro-legalization post, “Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk,” was published in The Columbus Dispatch on Monday, July 27. The author, Carlis McDerment, knows a thing or two about prohibited substances and the pain of bad laws. After a long and distinguished career as a deputy sheriff, McDerment has switched teams and now works with LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), and has dedicated his retirement years to challenging the catastrophic War on Drugs.

In response to a previous letter that argued legalized marijuana would harm kids, LEAP’s McDerment responded by pointing out that laws prohibiting marijuana use ultimately make pot more available to juveniles, and therefore more dangerous (and that was posted to the D.A.R.E. website).

“I know from enforcing senseless marijuana laws that children only are being put in more danger when marijuana is kept illegal.”

McDerment continued pointing to the obvious, “I support legalization precisely because I want to reduce youths’ drug use. Drug dealers don’t care about a customer’s age. The answer isn’t prohibition and incarceration; the answer is regulation and education.”

While some might agree that marijuana use could have a few hidden drawbacks for those under 21, McDerment suggestes “Anyone who proposes we outlaw everything dangerous to children would also have to ban stairs, Tylenol, bleach, forks and outlet socks … and definitely alcohol.”

Embarrassed by their accidental pro-marijuana post, D.A.R.E. removed the controversial piece after reading that had made hay of the group’s unintended U-turn in their guiding philosophy.

Proceed to damage control: Hoping to nip this story in the bud, on Tuesday the 28th D.A.R.E. clarified their position to a reporter at the Washington Post. The group pointed out that the pro-pot post was just another mistake and “We do not support legalization.”

And why should they? As long as lobbyists with fat wallets and a weak moral compasses have influence over America’s drug policy, and continue to pump money and fear into the marijuana prohibition machine, D.A.R.E. will likely remain on the wrong side of the marijuana prohibition fence.

(Photo Courtesy of  The Free Thought Project)

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.


  1. Marcus staten on

    So legalizing it makes it worse then going to get it anytime from a drug dealer smh who come up with this bs that ain’t the only thing a drug dealer have to offer for the kids or any one I’m sure that’s not the only thing he gonna sell at least when u go to a shop where it’s legal u don’t have to see Crack or cocain,heroin,meth etc. You can go to the store pick up weed edibles wax etc. No Crack no powder none of that bs that will have u stealing to get a fix so u won’t be sick marijuana don’t have u sick like them hard drugs do

    • And having seen (within the Court Room) people ingesting other drugs (meth) “cut” with their grass and addicting them to a new substance via drug “dealer” trying to increase his business. Getting pure plant from a store will always be more trust-worthy and worth the cost.

      • An u right that’s what they want u to do get addicted the government is the one bringing all the drugs in from the Mexicans like the so call Dea lionhart however you spell her name have private parties with them doing deals ain’t no telling what deals are being made under the table to keep it illegal but hopefully they wake up an see how much money they can make buy legalizing it for us the people that is speaking up for it to be legal one day I guess

  2. James DuMouchel on

    I would pay good money for a “D. A. R. E. To End The Drug War” bumper sticker. (Needs to have the pot leaf logo, too.)

  3. or super deadly alternatives to weed like spice some people will get high weed wont hurt you but since it is so illegal some idiots especially kids because kids are stupid and do stupid things i was stupid when i was a kid i would rater if leagle for kids to try to steal weed from parents or try to get someone older to get it for them than huff gas or do harder drugs and the harder the drug the less morals of the dealer do you really want your daughter fucked up and raped because she went to wrong place wrong time trying to get drugs or would you rater her get high you don’t have to want either pick the lesser of two evils and if you think pot head gets what she deserves may you rot in hell

  4. My name is Daniel and I’m the founder of Green Bear Solutions Inc. Collective in Temecula, Lake Elsinore, and Idyllwild. As humans, we all find different ways and outlets to manage stress, pain, and/or just relax and enjoy our lives. California is a fast paced State and it is easy to get caught up in “living to work” rather than “working to live.” Cannabis gives us the ability to alleviate many of our physical and mental challenges without all the side effects we see in alcohol, benzo and opiate derivatives, as well as other harder drugs. Let’s not forget that anyone can grow this 100% natural medicine with a little bit of love and care. Flower it, flush it, cut it down, cure it, and it’s ready to smoke or ingest in it’s natural state. You can even get specific and find a strain that directly helps whatever problem(s) you are battling with.
    That being said, do i see people use marijuana like an addicted heroin user? Yes I do but it is not common and that issue is for that individual to come to terms with. It is their responsibility to manage their life and take the strong and committed steps to make positive changes. If someone with a pre – genetic disposition for addiction is going to use drugs and I had to pick the drug for them, marijuana would be the “lesser of the evils” hands down.

  5. CAREGIVER SALES^^^^^ IS A SCAM OR A COP TRYING TO BUST SOME IDIOT ^^^^^^ IT IS ILLEGAL, PERIOD, to have “legit” cannabis delivered anywhere outside the states in which it is legal, and delivery is prohibited in most of those, as well.

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