On Friday, November 20, Laura Stack presented the story of Johnny Stack, via webinar, on the first anniversary of his death. Her presentation, A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Death – How High-THC Marijuana Took My Son, and How to Keep it from Happening to You, was powerful and moving!
Johnny was thirteen, almost fourteen, when Colorado legalized marijuana. He, like many other adolescents, thought the state’s normalization and promotion of this drug meant it was safe.
Unfortunately, Johnny took to “dabbing,” using the most potent form of marijuana. He experienced psychosis, mental health issue and ultimately took his life, despite being a brilliant student. His mother, Laura, and other family members started, Johnny’s Ambassadors.
Laura explains dabbing with great clarity, finding it amazing how much parents do not know. We warned about dabbing six years ago, but the country hasn’t learned yet.
We’ve been sounding the alarm for almost six years, and it’s unfortunate that too many casualties occurred in the meantime. Laura’s testimony was published here.
Six years after adult-use marijuana commercialization began in Colorado, teens report an alarming increase in their use of ultra-potent pot products in the form of dabs and vapes, according to official state data released today. A statewide Healthy Kids Survey from last year questioned 53,520 students chosen randomly from 195 middle and high schools.
More than half of high school students who use marijuana reported that they dab marijuana to get high. Among students who reported using marijuana in the past 30 days, 52% said they dabbed it, up from 34.4% just two years ago— a 50% increase.
“Dabbing” is a method of inhaling highly concentrated THC (commonly referred to as hash oil, wax or shatter) Continue reading Alarming Increase “Dabbing” and “Vaping” by Colorado Kids
By Laura Stack, Founder, Johnny’s Ambassadors
Johnny Stack was born on February 7, 2000 and died by suicide on November 20, 2019 at the age of 19. He was an incredibly intelligent, funny, charming, handsome young man, which you can see in his tribute video. We are a normal suburban family and did normal family things. He had a happy life, a 4.0 GPA with a scholarship to college, and a family who loved him very much. Unfortunately, we live in Colorado, which was the first state to legalize marijuana in 2014, when Johnny was 14 years old.
Three days before he passed, he came over for dinner. He lived in our condo a couple miles down the street and would often pop in for a home-cooked meal. “I need to tell you that you were right,” he says me. “Right about what?” I ask. “Right about the marijuana. You told me weed would hurt my brain, and it’s ruined my mind and my life. You were right all along. I’m sorry, and I love you.” He died by suicide three days later. Continue reading Johnny’s Story
Toddler’s death highlights how marijuana use becomes abuse
Jesse James Bullard’s sweet smile lit the world of all those with whom he came in contact, but he lost his life abruptly on January 22. His father, Isaac, smoked a marijuana “dab” that morning, backed his car out and ran over the baby boy. Jesse was was about a month shy of his second birthday. But this was Colorado, and health officials don’t find parents’ marijuana habits unusual.
Popular magazines and newspapers publish articles which promote marijuana for moms and dads. Newspapers – with some notable exceptions — are reluctant to report about the true dangers of marijuana. Continue reading Will Jesse Bullard’s death waken the public to dangers of legal pot?