In jurisdictions where this debate has been held teen misbehaviors have been substantially mediated. The Netherlands is one such example. Teen Pregnancy, STDs, Bullying, Tagging, and a raft of other biopsychosocial indicators (not the least drug use) are not just a fraction of ours, they are orders of magnitude less than ours. Dutch Parents are empowered. Dutch schools are, well, just schools.
The drug war [is] against local control and parental responsibility "There may soon come a time when conservatives ask how national drug policy became a proxy war on parental rights" Doing it for The Children:Independence Institute, http://www.i2i.org/
Prohibition: a cure worse than the disease.
It is time that an unfettered debate surrounding this vexing issue be held and the underlying tensions resolved.