In January, 2014, recreational marijuana stores opened in Colorado. We formed Parents Opposed to Pot in mid-2014, “Bursting the Bubble of Marijuana Hype.” In 2014, Johnny Stack first used marijuana. He died by suicide only 5 years later, a victim of mental illness caused by high-potency marijuana. His mother, Laura Stack, traces how it happened in “The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana.”
Please help us continue our important work by making a donation to Parents Opposed to Pot.
With many stories in the news recently, it’s an opportune time to get out the truth about marijuana in America, We must tell the public, especially parents, what legal pot is doing to our kids. Parents Opposed to Pot will be starting a podcast soon, and your donations will help our cause.
On Sunday night, NBC Nightly News reported about the teens hospitalized in Colorado for psychosis and vomiting illnesses.
A marijuana regulatory bill, HB 1317 passed in the Colorado House and then passed in the Senate by 37-0. The provisions of the bill, which go into effect next year, include the creation of a registry system and closing loopholes for teens buying medical marijuana. We hope it can put a dent in Colorado’s pot problems, although cannabis proves to be a regulation-resistant drug.
Your donation will help us continue our important work, such as distributing information about testimony in the Colorado State legislature in May. At that time, some of the legislators’ children and relatives spoke about how pot legalization in 2014 affected their families. Their speeches were powerful and very moving.
Parents Opposed to Pot and our three sub-groups travel to drug prevention conferences. We need donations to continue our work.
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.