Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, called the 9 percent increase in drug use disappointing but said he was not surprised given "eroding attitudes" about the perception of harm from illegal drugs and the growing number of states approving medicinal marijuana.And here is how state senator Kurt Schaefer, the Republican from Columbia who sponsored the K2 law, responded to the news that the measure is utterly impotent:
"I think all of the attention and the focus of calling marijuana medicine has sent the absolute wrong message to our young people," Kerlikowske said in an interview.
[Schaefer] acknowledges that the marketplace has quickly adapted to his state's ban. He also firmly believes that the new law, along with a wave of media reports, is an effective deterrent, especially for potential users under 18, and their parents.Schaefer is also reportedly considering proposing a broader ban against fake pot next year.
"We've at least minimized the threat to public safety," he said.
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