By: Carol Jean Sacco. CHEYENNE, WY – 4/17/17:
NOTE: This is a letter written by Carol Jean Sacco, and published (surprise, surprise) in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. It is surprising that they published it since that newspaper is a bastion of liberalism, which generally favors a stoned Wyoming, and the conversion of Wyoming youth to users of any and all kinds of drugs.
NOTE: Full disclosure. Carol Jean is my wife of 24 years, a public school teacher of Art and Photography for 20 years, who will retire at the end of this school year. Many consider her a better researcher/gatherer of facts than her husband. Her dream is to teach Art and Photography privately, beginning this summer. I’m hoping she will be successful. I don’t know how both of us under the same roof all day – every day – will work out.
“A March letter to the editor by a young writer advocates the reform of marijuana laws in Wyoming as a means of keeping young people from moving out of the Equality State. He believes that an idyllic path of legalizing and marketing pot would be the key to a successful, growing Wyoming.
“I suggest reading information from the National Institute of Health, which contains current studies regarding marijuana use. It’s a fact that the frequent use of marijuana by adolescents into adulthood is associated with a significant declines in IQ. Impaired short term memory, problem-solving abilities and motor coordination are common in short-term use. Frequent or long-term users are more likely to experience addiction, as well as poor educational outcomes, which often result in an increase in school dropout rates.
“Marijuana use also affects mental health adversely. Students aged 14 to 15 who used this drug were followed for seven years in a study by the Australian state of Victoria. That study included data from 44 schools and found that frequent cannabis use by teenage girls predicts later depression and anxiety, with daily users facing the highest risk. Testimony from a young hair-stylist I met a year ago seems to back this up. She was a frequent pot user while a student at a Cheyenne high school, but realized it was time to quit when she found herself on the floor of her bedroom one morning “trying to avoid the space aliens that were flying outside the window.”
“Lastly, to suggest that all is well in the state of Colorado is quite false. Marijuana-related traffic deaths increased by 154 percent between 2006 and 2014. Hospital emergency room visits that were “likely related” to marijuana increased by 77 percent from 2011 to 2014 as well. In Colorado schools, drug-related suspensions/expulsions increased 40 percent for the school years 2008-09 to 2013-14. This information is from the September 2015 report by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Traffic Area, a collaboration of federal, state and local drug enforcement agencies.”