Mandatory drug education programs implemented into Sacramento's high-schools

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The problem our group is focusing on is teenagers in Sacramento that are illegally acquiring marijuana for recreational use. Although recreational marijuana is soon to become legal in California, there are still many regulations people have to follow in order to purchase it, teens however, are purchasing it fairly easily. This is why our group proposes a preventive policy of mandatory drug education programs implemented into Sacramento's educational system. Our goal is to reduce the number of teens buying marijuana illegally for recreational use in Sacramento. The current punishments for teens using marijuana illegally are drug education counseling and community service, however this is not enough as teens are still acquiring it too frequently. In a study done by the National Institute of Drug Abuse in 2016, 80% of 12th graders had said that the availability of marijuana is fairly easy to get. These numbers need to decrease as using marijuana can lead to addiction and increase chances of abusing the illegal substances. This is why our group proposes a policy that would implement an educational drug program into the Sacramento school system as too many teens are unaware and uneducated about how serious marijuana is with not only buying it, but also trying it.



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