“More than any other demographic, seniors are poised to be the biggest pot users in America should cannabis be legalized. It’s law-abiding adults who will begin using pot in greater numbers, and the associated lameness of watching their parents ripping a bong will, if anything, probably decrease teen use.” Columnist John Michael made this claim in an article for Huffington Post.
Did this writer grow up inside a bubble? In Colorado, two different fourth graders were selling pot on the playground, just three to four months after commercial marijuana made a debut in Colorado. The kids took the marijuana from their families. When marijuana became legal in Washington, a mother shared her bong with her son at the encouragement of friends.
John Michael’s article is like many others on the Huffington Post which regularly shows bias. Arianna Huffington is on the Board of the Drug Policy Alliance. Making pot legal is a first step in Drug Policy Alliance’s plan to legalize all drugs. The Huffington Post’s chief marijuana “reporter,” Ryan Grim, writes widely biased pro-pot articles. Arianna Huffington’s daughter had a serious addiction, so it’s hard to comprehend why she supports an organization that is so pro-drug. Parents need to wake up to the fact that today’s marijuana is not like the pot of the ’60s and 70s, but at least 5x stronger, starting with Ms. Huffington.
Early, chronic pot users risk extreme brain damage. The process of brain development continues until at least age 25.
The largest age groups of users is 18-25, followed by 12-17-year-olds. The average age of marijuana users is 19, but pot supporters claim legalization is for adult use. The real goal is to get new users, who are more likely to be younger, and and thus 2x more likely to become addicted.
Most people don’t have time to analyze and find out the “facts” on all the issues. The marijuana lobby (Drug Policy Action, Marijuana Policy Project, NORML and Americans for Safe Access) claims that legalization is inevitable, using that claim as a “talking point.” Dr. Ed Gogek, author of Marijuana Debunked wrote a good review of media bias in the state of Arizona, where “medical” marijuana narrowly passed.
How Parents Can Respond
Parents Opposed to Pot includes parents who used old-fashioned marijuana of the 70s and 80s, but recognize that the situation is different today. Pro-pot media sources either ignore the world around him, or they intentionally mislead. They also seek out the young. Parents need to take active role in countering the Media messages. Those of us who supported “medical” marijuana were told “medical” marijuana to help terminally ill cancer and AIDs patients. Yet it turns out that, in all states, the average medical marijuana patient is a white male, around age 30, who uses it for “pain.”
According to Joseph Califano, Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Carter Administration and former Director of CASA Columbia: “70% of college students say their parents’ concerns or expectations influence whether or how much they drink, smoke or use drugs. Parental disapproval of such conduct is key to kids getting through the college years drug free. This is the time for you to use social media to keep in touch with your kids.”
The marijuana lobbyists told parents legalization will be a way to regulate it and keep away from children. The opposite has turned out to be true.
Marijuana use among college students has surpassed cigarette smoking by college students in 2014. Daily or near daily users make up nearly 6% (based on self-reporting, almost double what it was in 2005.) We need to worry about addiction among those in this age group who are not going to college, or who only go part time.
The pro-pot lobbyists aren’t forthcoming with the downside of their product–addiction and psychosis. They talk money, money, money, and about billions of dollars hoping to ignite the fire of greed. Marijuana is the easiest intoxicant in the world produce, because it grows like a WEED. Making beer or wine is significantly more complex.