How is a Pro-Pot State Keeping Teens Away from MJ
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How is a Pro-Pot State Keeping Teens Away from MJ
Posted by CN Staff on August 20, 2015 at 08:53:28 PT
By Kelsey Warner, Staff Writer 
Source: Christian Science Monitor
Colorado -- One of the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana is taking steps to keep teens from using the drug.Colorado, in its second public service campaign since pot became legal at the start of 2014 for people over 21, was careful this time to not vilify the drug. Instead, after Health Department officials talked with more than 800 minors through focus groups, school visits, and phone interviews to help craft the campaign, the ads seek to send the message that marijuana use early in life can stymie a child’s potential.
Called the "What's Next" campaign, the ads show active kids and reminds them that their brains continue to develop until they're 25. The ads say that pot use can make it harder for them to pass a test, land a job, or pass the exam for a driver's license.The state Health Department faced backlash last year for its first effort, called "Don't Be A Lab Rat," which marijuana activists said recycled Drug War-era scare tactics. That youth anti-pot campaign included erecting human-sized rat cages outside schools and libraries. Some Colorado teens used the installation art as an opportunity to criticize the campaign by photographing themselves smoking pot inside the cages, then posting the images on social media.One ad shows a teen girl playing on a basketball court and the tag line, "Don't let marijuana get in the way of ambition." Another ad shows a boy playing on a drum set with the tag line, "Don't let marijuana get in the way of passion."The Health Department said that its research showed that teens "want credible information to make their own health decisions and don't respond to 'preachy' messages or scare tactics," in a news release for the newest campaign.Colorado also has a pot-education campaign for the general public that includes tips for parents on how to talk to their kids about the newly legal drug. Called the "Good To Know" campaign, the ads tell parents to stay positive but encourages them to start a conversation about the drug."Teach them that marijuana use is not something to build an identity around," that campaign suggests.In a recent report, the state Health Department called monitoring the potential impacts of the legalization of retail marijuana on adolescents a public health priority in Colorado. The department cautioned that since the changes in legislation are recent, the data are not yet clear as to how and if the legalization of pot will affect use among teens. But the report did point out that prior to the law taking effect, trends in the prevalence of marijuana use among Colorado high school students mimic the national trends and are comparable with surrounding states.Since the drug became legal, Colorado has ramped up efforts to regulate its sale, and keep it out of the hands of minors. Just three months after recreational pot was legalized, the governor signed into law a widely supported policy extending the same packaging requirements to medical marijuana products that already exist for recreational ones."Keeping marijuana out of the hands of kids should be a priority for all of us," said Governor Hickenlooper, before signing the bill. Critics of the rolling back of marijuana policy are still skeptical that PSAs and public education are effective in keeping kids away from recreational pot use as it becomes easier and easier to access. "Any steps to reduce access to kids and make it less likely kids will use marijuana is laudable, but I think will ultimately be unsuccessful in the framework of legalization," says Kevin Sabet, the cofounder of Project SAM and director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, in an interview last year with The Christian Science Monitor. "Because legalization by definition is the commercialization of marijuana and companies only make money off heavy users, they have to target young people as part of a successful business model."This report contains material from the Associated Press.Source: Christian Science Monitor (US)Author: Kelsey Warner, Staff WriterPublished: August 20, 2015Copyright: 2015 The Christian Science Publishing SocietyContact: letters csmonitor.comWebsite: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by schmeff on August 29, 2015 at 08:56:13 PT
If You're a Baptist... might just be a flaming hypocrite.Just sayin'...
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Comment #6 posted by observer on August 28, 2015 at 18:32:47 PT
First Commandment - Thou shall not Legalize
Ashley Mad-Marijuana
The ancient and first commandment (Mat 22:38, Mark 12:28) is, "Thou shall not legalize the herb." (Gen 1:29-30)
The Baptist News press has always considered marijuana to be the big sin. Sin Numero Uno. The big one. Other sins, like rape, murder, theft, (or in this case, adultery): they may be forgiven. Those are minor matters. But the sin of marijuana, to the mainstream, mainline Baptist political power-meister, is THE Unforgivable Sin. Certainly legalization of marijuana, which is painted, by many Baptist publications, and Chiefs of Police, as worse than sodomy, genocide or mass murder.  Never mind that the admonition against adultery is one of the Ten Commandments (i.e., a beam, a big ol' two by four pokin' out their eyes).  The Baptist Press (ever the faithful mouthpiece for the police-state's favorite mainline denomination), has been full of comfort for many of their own caught in the Ashley Madison adultery scandal. Adultery? Hey, say the Baptists, let's forgive the sin, and love the sinner in grace in repentance. A minor matter. Sinners caught in adultery - they deserve our compassion and forgiveness -, as Christians and brothers and sisters, says the Baptist press. 
A googling of the bpnews site seems to reflect this. "Adultery?" sure it is a sin. It is even mentioned some on the Baptist Press news site:
About 1,500 resultsBut "marijuana"? Oh Ethyl grab the smelling-salts! Them dopers is tryin' to pump our toddlers full of blue-star mickey-mouse marijuana gummy bears! Marijuana? That there is the real sin that God meant, all along!
About 7,240 resultsGot that? To the Baptists, adultery is no biggie - certainly nothing jail is called for. But the newly-minted unforgivable, cardinal, sin of marijuana - you know, the "sin" western politicians discovered in the 20th century? That "sin" of marijuana (never mentioned in the Bible), now that's the "sin" (pot) we need to have police kick in your grandpa's door in the middle of the night for, and shoot him if he peeps, that marijuana "sin". Certainly if Gramps got as much pot on him, as the amount of coffee beans a person would use in a week? Then it is off to the slave-prison with him for decades. That's the mainline Baptist version of modern Christianity: Continual cheer-leading for the police state; as well as continual Molech-like sacrifices of canon-fodder for the maw of imperial militarism. Who says American mainline Baptists don't love children? They love to use them as canon-fodder when they grow up some; as well as slaves for their private prisons. Often they serve both purposes; cannon-fodder for empire, then when home, busted for dope and off to privatized prison factories. 
Adultery? Baptists: "sin"Bloody murder?Baptists? "Ok, sure: murder (as long as it ain't Official) could might maybe be a sin - if not for governmental purposes"Marijuana?Baptists: "OH MY LORD! SIN! SIN! BLOODY MURDER! SIN!"
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on August 20, 2015 at 20:06:43 PT
-and all,Following the teachings of the Christ, does not allow for caging a human for using cannabis. Does anyone in their right mind see a Christ doing such devil work?No.No, those are not Christians who follow the Christ. They are people who say they are Christians, but are actually doing the devils work. -And they don't even realize it. The devil is that good!-0-I urge people get to know the spirit of truth, follow the Christ, it is only love. The Christ does not lead people to hate. Don't let the work of satan style so called Christians deter You. -That's satan's goal.-0-Walk with the Christ and You will see those so called satan walkers are nowhere to be seen. Just because they say they're Christians doesn't make them the friend of the Christ!Read all about it in John 14-16.Protect Yourself from Satan's christians.
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Comment #4 posted by christ on August 20, 2015 at 16:03:12 PT
To: Paul Armentano
I was wondering if Paul Armentano still reads this site and if he could post a critique of yesterday's story on The story quotes Nora Volkow and basically repeats "harms" (most dangerous category, crash risk, addictive, lung cancer, schizophrenia, harms from adolescent use) that have been disproven in the past few years. Then it basically goes on to say that legalization will be a disaster. The author did seem to imply that ending prohibition would reduce usage rates. Of course he stopped short of advocating for legalization. He also seemed to be doubtful of medical efficacy due to the lack of research, but he didn't advocate for rescheduling either. few related links:
NHTSA crash study lung cancer long term mental health risk
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on August 20, 2015 at 14:05:31 PT
hilter's love
observer great find on the Hitler/children thing! extremely relevant to the war on drugs. it's essentially the same thing.The people that own America are a bloodthirsty lot - never doubt it! Just look at the current wave of heroin OD's, almost entirely driven by the variable strength and ingredients in bootleg heroin.  Bootleg homebrew Fentanyl from Mexico is being mixed in!  There is a literally a pile of thousands of bodies from the choice to keep these plant "drugs" illegal.The US owners make many decisions every year that directly kill thousands of innocent people. The steady refusal to aggressively regulate mercury and other emissions from our obsolete power plants kills tens of thousands of people per year from lung illnesses, and gives asthma to millions more.Many pesticides and chemicals are not only legal here that are banned in Europe but they're in our food supply as well.
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Comment #2 posted by observer on August 20, 2015 at 12:27:27 PT
Blessed Are The Blind Prison-keepers
Notice how studiously both the "Christian" Science Monitor and Kevin Sabet ignore the issue of arrest, prison, and incarceration. It is wrong to arrest, imprison, or otherwise punish people simply for taking marijuana. That's it.That's the crux of the issue, and that is the very point both that so-called "Christian" mainstream statist propaganda CSM and Sabet, really go out of their way to ignore and dismiss. Sabet: "Because legalization by definition is the commercialization of marijuana ..."Wrong. "Legalization" of pot is the repeal of laws that allow government to arrest and jail people for pot.Why no mention of that little "detail" of arrest/prison? (I.e., they both miss the whole point: jail.) The "Christian" (?) "Science" (falsely so-called) Monitor and Kevin Sabet's touching concern for the children has all the credibility of Hitler's love for the children
- it exists for public consumption; to be seen of men. It is propaganda bunk, a window-dressing of care for the kids which is, in reality, merely a cover story. A cover for the police state's rapacious enslavement of people using the prison system and pot as an excuse. Sabet's and the Christian Science Monitor's brand of religion is blind to the rapacious evils of prohibition.Sabet's and the Christian Science Monitor's brand of religion somehow can't or won't see how arrests and prison for cannabis hurts far worse than any damage cannabis can ever do. They swallow camel-trains of government abuse: minimizing, dismissing and ignoring the arrests of pot smokers, while (with no sense of shame at all), straining at the gnats of supposed pot-harm to kids - because adults won't be jailed for it. Sabet's and the Christian Science Monitor's brand of religion is designed to elicit obedience to governmental abuse. It is time people call the religio-prohibitionists on their lies, and point out that trail of bodies from the "Church" pulpit, to the state-house, to the police-station, to the prison-house (where government-approved slavery is going full tilt) to the graveyard full of prohibition -related police-state carnage ... that trail of bodies is largely their doing. We can thank "religious" and "scientific" nuts like these, full of anti-pot zeal (not to mention fat on our tax-dollars), for the favor.  Thanks!
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on August 20, 2015 at 12:12:04 PT
Pot won't hurt teens
The sixties generation smoked enough pot to fill Lake Superior. Pot will not harm a person, period.What stifles the brain is religion. Like this one here. Speaking against science to fit their own perspective. MmMm "cause it's bad, mmmmkay"?
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