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Culture Challenge of the Week: The Pot Escape
Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin

Posted on 01/09/2014 2:54:47 PM PST by Kaslin

A Colorado family experienced a frightening surprise last week when their toddler, for no apparent reason, became groggy and unable to walk. A trip to the local emergency room found the cause: the child had eaten a cookie from the ground outside the family’s apartment. Only this was no ordinary cookie. It had been laced with THC, the mind-altering chemical in marijuana, and wreaked havoc on the two-year old’s system. Thankfully, she’s now recovered.

Ironically, the incident happened the day before Colorado’s new law legalizing marijuana for personal use went into effect. Apparently some drug users just couldn’t wait and broke out the pot-cookies a day early. While the child’s exposure to pot was apparently an accident, it’s a reminder that, in spite of the reassurances of marijuana enthusiasts, pot is a drug. And like all drugs, it’s harmful.

(It’s one thing for states to work towards more reasonable sentencing and deterrence efforts that prevent youthful offenders from having their lives ruined by an arrest for small-time possession, but it’s another to legalize marijuana and effectively encourage more people to use it.)

Marijuana use is too often treated like a joke. Movies, TV sitcoms, and comedians routinely treat drug use as a typical, expected, if kind of naughty behavior.

Now at least one business is doing the same, in an apparent ploy to win the business of pot-smoking young travelers. Spirit Airlines recently sent out an email with the subject line, “We’re high (at least 30,000 feet).” The email itself continued the theme, saying, “The ‘No Smoking’ Sign is off (in Colorado). Get Mile High with $10 off Flight-Only Bookings…If you want to make a beeline for Colorado right now, we don’t blame you…Book today and be sure to pack some munchies.”

This is funny?

Even when the entertainment world tries to take a serious approach to drug use, it arguably does more harm than good. For example, the popular show “Breaking Bad,” which followed the life of a chemistry teacher-turned meth dealer, arguably normalizes meth use, even while it shows its destructive effects. As one prosecutor wrote in Time, “And while Breaking Bad may not glorify meth in the sense of making it attractive to the average viewer, it does normalize the idea of meth for a broad segment of society that might otherwise have no knowledge of that dark and dangerous world.”

Drug use is no laughing matter. It prevents our children from fully flourishing and it injures them in serious ways. As David Brooks wrote in the New York Times last week (“Weed. Been There. Done That”), even marijuana use has undeniable negative consequences: “[I]t is addictive in about one in six teenagers…smoking and driving is a good way to get yourself killed…[and] young people who smoke go on to suffer I.Q. loss and perform worse on other cognitive tests.”

So why do our young people (and some adults) look to drugs, especially pot?

Often they are seeking a way to escape the boredom, hard work, and difficulties of their lives. Sometimes they hope to escape social isolation or loneliness. In many schools, teens tell me, the drug crowd welcomes outcasts and misfits more easily than other cliques. Anyone who does drugs with them is automatically ‘in’. Perhaps they are fleeing from something within themselves or simply avoiding hard work.

How to Save Your Family: Don’t Escape Life, Enjoy It!

In light of the accelerating push to legalize drugs—and to normalize their use—we need to teach our children three important about drugs:

First, don’t use them. Ever.

Second, if pot (or any other drug) seems tempting, dig deeper instead.

What is it that they are really looking for? New friends? Something to do? A way to relax? Our kids need to know there’s a healthy, fun way to find whatever they’re looking for—and they need to know that we will stand by them and help them. Drugs provide a temporary escape, nothing more. And that temporary escape often turns into a dead-end rat-hole, worse than the feelings driving the desire to escape.

Third, be proactive. Life is a gift, to be lived with purpose. Help your children discover their talents, their passion, and their purpose (a process that’s better accomplished with a clear head rather than a drug-induced stupor). Help them set interim goals and mark progress, while they keep their eyes on the ultimate prize. Teach them never to give up. Purposeful hard work is the best gateway to future happiness.

And no matter how many states legalize its use, marijuana will still be a gateway to nowhere.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: druglegalization; drugs; marijuana; pot

1 posted on 01/09/2014 2:54:48 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Brave New World


2 posted on 01/09/2014 2:55:46 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Kaslin

The current opiate of the masses isn’t working well enough anymore, short of legalizing Opiates, they are pushing to legalize pot...


3 posted on 01/09/2014 2:56:22 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Kaslin

Is it wise for us better people to allow the commoners to decide whether to smoke pot? Was it wise for us to allow them to keep and bear arms?


4 posted on 01/09/2014 3:02:46 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Kaslin

What kind of world do we live in where we can no longer let our toddlers eat the stuff they find on the ground?

Not a world *I* want to live in.

APf


5 posted on 01/09/2014 3:15:11 PM PST by APFel (Regnum Nostrum Crescit)
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To: Kaslin

I thought pot took 3 to 4 months to grow. How did these stores have pot within a few hours of the law taking effect?


6 posted on 01/09/2014 3:22:57 PM PST by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed!)
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To: Standing Wolf

Pot is being legalized with none of the restrictions of other intoxicants, and in fact not even health warnings even though it is much more damaging to the lungs than tobacco, because pot use makes people dumb, passive and complaisant. It’s probably the best drug there is for an all-controlling government.

Also, drugs are permitted in Islam (getting stoned is a big pastime among ME males) but alcohol is not, so Obama is just getting things ready for his buddies in the choom gang.


7 posted on 01/09/2014 3:23:53 PM PST by livius
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To: Kaslin

“the child had eaten a cookie from the ground outside the family’s apartment”

Yeah. Right. Pot cookies coat the ground of Colorado like manna from heaven now. These parents just didn’t want to admit the kid got into their pot cookies and be charged with child abuse.


8 posted on 01/09/2014 3:28:04 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Kaslin

Found it on the ground . . . riiiiight.


9 posted on 01/09/2014 3:28:32 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: catnipman
This thread needs tunes!
10 posted on 01/09/2014 3:33:15 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Kaslin

A child was shot just the day before CCW went into effect. Come on. You may not like certain laws but these stretches are not worth acknowledging.


11 posted on 01/09/2014 3:35:47 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: APFel

Hear, hear!


12 posted on 01/09/2014 3:43:11 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Kaslin

Truthfully, the best approach to children about marijuana is surprisingly simple, clear, and easy to understand for them. And it is very persuasive to convince them to rarely, if at all, use marijuana.

Tell them that there are indeed therapeutic benefits to some sick people, which is true, and yes, it is often used as a recreational drug. However, if you use it too much, or too often, you get nailed with its one big side effect.

It makes you stupid. Dull. Boring. It takes the edge off life and makes people drab. They no longer want to do fun things. They no longer have a sharp wit. Their creativity is muddled. They lose their initiative.

And, not ironically, if you ask them, they will admit to this.

One of the most effective anti-drug songs ever recorded was a cheery-sounding lament called “Because I got high”. In it, he complains of things, ordinary and important, he didn’t do because he was high on marijuana, and how it has ruined his life. (Some NSFW lyrics). This includes:

Not cleaning up his room.
Failing classes at school.
He lost a promising job.
He didn’t go to court so lost his entire paycheck to child support.
He ran from the police and was beaten and crippled.
He lost his car from not making payments.
He lost his girlfriend.
He lost his home and now sleeps on the sidewalk.
He says he is high now and is even screwing up his song.


13 posted on 01/09/2014 3:44:26 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: Kaslin

Good thing the kid found a pot cookie rather than a whiskey bottle - the whiskey would have killed him while the pot never would.


14 posted on 01/09/2014 3:55:43 PM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Kaslin
. . . for no apparent reason . . .

Bravo Sierra

15 posted on 01/09/2014 3:56:12 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: GeronL
the popular show “Breaking Bad,” which followed the life of a chemistry teacher-turned meth dealer, arguably normalizes meth use,

I have to disagree with this statement. I watched a big chunk of the BB marathon over the holidays. It was like watching a train wreck in super slo mo. With all of the murders, near death situations, betrayals, serious injuries, beatings, lies, and general mayhem, I can't imagine that the show normalized meth for anyone.

16 posted on 01/09/2014 4:15:59 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: goodtomato
I thought pot took 3 to 4 months to grow. How did these stores have pot within a few hours of the law taking effect?

The black market has been providing it for decades. Unlike tomatoes or watermelons, it is a weed that will grow almost anywhere without help from a gardener.

17 posted on 01/09/2014 4:18:12 PM PST by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Kaslin

Doctors figured out what was wrong pretty quick after the kid kept repeating “Dave’s not here man”.


18 posted on 01/09/2014 4:48:19 PM PST by Stevenc131
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To: APFel

19 posted on 01/09/2014 4:58:52 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
It makes you stupid. Dull. Boring. It takes the edge off life and makes people drab. They no longer want to do fun things. They no longer have a sharp wit. Their creativity is muddled. They lose their initiative.

If you lie to your kids they won't respect you.

20 posted on 01/09/2014 5:05:36 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Mister Da

the whiskey would have killed him while the pot never would.
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Yeah...I’m sure a 2 year old could eat pot brownies and cookies all day and not die. Thanks for proving the damage that pot does to one’s brain.


21 posted on 01/09/2014 5:30:59 PM PST by bramps (Mark Levin: Would Christie, McConnell, and Boehner repeal obamacare? Not a chance!)
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To: catnipman

What kind of parents let their toddler wander out and eat cookies off the ground?


22 posted on 01/09/2014 5:53:45 PM PST by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: Kaslin

I’m sorry, I can’t agree with all the worries about marijuana. If anyone here is ideologically consistent enough to say that alcohol should also be illegal, I can respect that. But ok..a kid got some pot cookie. When I was a kid I stole sips from the liquor cabinet. Most kids did. Or stole some beers for a party. Got drunk in high school, etc. All in all, deaths and injuries and lives ruined from alcohol far outweigh those from marijuana. The only difference is...we’re used to alcohol being around and readily available. I think adults should be able to use it if they want. Have some regulations on it, issue some warnings, etc., but keep out of private usage. We can certainly spend a few billion dollars less on locking up non violent pot growers and smokers, I think.


23 posted on 01/09/2014 6:04:03 PM PST by Blackfish1
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To: Kaslin

Pot is for slaves.


24 posted on 01/09/2014 6:32:20 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: TigersEye

What I said isn’t a lie. Too much marijuana over too long a time makes you a dimwit.


25 posted on 01/09/2014 6:43:56 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah, this is NOT a good thing but what can you do but note the increases in auto and home accidents that’s going to result from this new “freedom”?


26 posted on 01/09/2014 7:09:36 PM PST by Baladas
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To: angry elephant

“What kind of parents let their toddler wander out and eat cookies off the ground?”

What kind, indeed.


27 posted on 01/09/2014 8:08:55 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: bramps
Do some research genius before making ignorant, false statements.

There has NEVER been a recorded death from pot overdose. Scientists have estimated that it would take 40,000 joints to kill a person, ie., it is impossible to overdose.

http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20030918/marijuana-smoking-doesnt-kill

28 posted on 01/09/2014 8:22:49 PM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I haven’t found that to be any more true for pot smokers than of drinkers or teetotalers. I’m afraid your statement is false.


29 posted on 01/09/2014 8:24:28 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Mister Da

I saw a study that showed that 100% of people who smoke pot die...eventually.

How many pot studies have been done on 2 year olds?

...reply before you take another hit or it’ll be another 3 hours before you remember to hit the post button.


30 posted on 01/09/2014 8:38:07 PM PST by bramps (Mark Levin: Would Christie, McConnell, and Boehner repeal obamacare? Not a chance!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

>>>It makes you stupid. Dull. Boring. It takes the edge off life and makes people drab. They no longer want to do fun things. They no longer have a sharp wit. Their creativity is muddled. They lose their initiative.<<<

As you’ve been getting hammered here for this opinion, let me tell you that you’re correct. Sadly, I know this from personal experience after spending several years in the endless party that was the 1970s. But I also know it from observation, and if anecdotes aren’t sufficient, then I also know it from controlled studies that indicate marijuana slowing response time, impairing intellectual ability, and diminishing initiative.

Having said that, preventing marijuana use is a train that has long ago left the station. Pot has been illegal my entire life - I’m 58 - and except for the years before 1974, it’s been easy enough to get some just by asking around and keeping your eyes open. And I’m not a smoker; those who get high would no doubt have an easier time finding some. It is de facto legal here in Alaska, as it was in Oregon, Connecticut, and California when I lived there. That might be the only silver lining in the wave of legalization that is bound to sweep over most of the country - everyone who wants to get high is already getting high, and everyone who doesn’t care can already get it if they want, so my guess is that there won’t be a sudden surge of new pot smokers.

Not that it’s any good for you, and the argument that it’s not as bad as alcohol is like comparing different kinds of illness. The real comparison is between getting stoned and being sober. Sober is better.

Like any other kind of social change, there will be unforeseen consequences. No one was talking about fetal alcohol syndrome and second-hand smoke when I was a kid, and ubiquitous pot smoking will no doubt produce something surprising, and not in a happy way.

Happy trails.


31 posted on 01/09/2014 8:50:07 PM PST by redpoll
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To: bramps
For goodness sake, don't let FACTS cloud your thinking. Might make you dizzy.

I wont waste any more time with a moron. Some folks don't need drugs to get stupid.

32 posted on 01/09/2014 8:55:40 PM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: redpoll

I am the only one who has replied to him and I would hardly characterize my responses as “hammering” him. Are you always prone to exaggeration? That’s not indicative of balanced mental functioning is it? My anecdotal experiences are the exact opposite of yours.


33 posted on 01/09/2014 8:56:22 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: redpoll
No one was talking about fetal alcohol syndrome and second-hand smoke when I was a kid, and ubiquitous pot smoking will no doubt produce something surprising, and not in a happy way.

Since you bring that up here is an article about several studies of pot use on fetal develpment.

Use of Marijuana During Pregnancy

(This article is excerpted from Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence by Lynn Zimmer, PhD, and John P. Morgan, MD )


34 posted on 01/09/2014 9:01:47 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: GeronL

Thanks to Libertarians, now big gov can force people to smoke pot via obama care and ebt cards paying for pot.

Libertarians always end up on the side of state apararus anarchy instead of balanced government.

I always said it was about the right to grow anything and trade anything, but they were hung up on snorting and consuming for free.


35 posted on 01/10/2014 7:50:54 AM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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