Concern about legal marijuana and minors aired in California

May 19, 2015 7:27 PM by Associated Press

A pair of prominent addiction doctors say legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California has a potential upside: it could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in California.

Timmen Cermak, past president of the California Society for Addiction Medicine, said at a meeting chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in Oakland on Tuesday that worries that more children would start using weed if it became legal for adults are probably overblown given how accessible the drug is already.

Peter Banys, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, agreed. Banys said that "zero-tolerance" ''and "drug-free school" policies that make possession of small amounts of marijuana grounds for suspending or expelling students from school have done more harm than good.

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