Carroll: Our Second-Class Adults?

September 13, 2014

By Vincent Carroll at The Denver Post

Is the evolving science of brain development going to be the latest excuse for attempting to deprive some Americans of their personal freedom and even constitutional rights?

Apparently so. It was stunning enough when a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights made a case this summer for censorship of college students because of unfinished brain development, but now another example of this attitude has surfaced, and closer to home. A policy brief from the Centennial Institute, in Lakewood, argues that since "the brain isn't fully developed until about the age of 25," "we should raise the minimum age for use of marijuana and other legal, addictive drugs...