Impact of Question One

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Impact of Question One

Ava Gaulkin, Breaking News

As of Tuesday, November 8, both use and possession of marijuana is now legal over the age of 21 in the state of Maine. Because it’s controversial topic, some worry negative impacts will arise. Although no students are of legal age here at KHS, the question was asked as to whether or not it would significantly affect the school.

Student Ian Zogg says, “I don’t think it’s going to impact our school at all.” A majority of students at KHS also agree with Zogg’s statement, that no change will occur directly towards the school community. Even teacher David Mitchell, along with other personnel of legal age, do not expect any change.

Another worry about the recent legalization is that some will perceive the drug as less harmful because it is legal. However, with all students required to take the schools health course, everyone is aware of the drug’s effects on adolescents. When asked if this legalization would make students perceive health consequences related to the drug differently, Mitchell answered, “No, I think we are already there in knowing its consequences.” The only apparent impact this law will have is its economic effect. Because it is no longer a street drug, marijuana will now be taxed.

Based on popular opinion of the KHS community, this law will not impact our school in any noticeable way. While the legalization only applies to those over age 21, and it has been proven that marijuana does not have adverse health effects on healthy adults, this implementation will not harm KHS.

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