Category Archives: Children

New Discreet Cannabis Test Kit Helps Parents

Fighting the Good Fight Against Teen Drug Use

There’s no doubt that parents are the most powerful force in protecting and preparing children for the future.  But these days, that job has become exponentially more confusing with the legalization of marijuana in many states and the subsequent arrival of a much more allusive, potent and dangerous variety that’s already flooding across state boarders.  One thing has become clear: there’s no such thing as a harmless habit.

Marijuana is no stranger to most parents, but many are unaware of the way it’s being ingested these days and that it has 5x more THC than it did in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  Recent studies have concluded that it can even cause a permanent lowering of I.Q. for adolescents, along with a host of other problems which decrease the chances of having and enjoying a prosperous future.

Ironically, this mounting evidence about pot’s adverse affects on teens comes at a time when public attitudes toward marijuana are relaxing at a phenomenal pace, and public information is being consistently and deceptively spun and politicized.

This misinformation, coupled with the difficulty in spotting or identifying pot in its new and dizzying array of forms are inspiring many concerned parents to broaden their perspective and learn more about educating their kids on the dangers, all while looking for tools to identify a problem that could be hiding in plain sight.

After all, today’s pot is being disguised in edibles like brownies, cookies and candies, along with vape pipes and a litany of other clandestine forms. And to make it worse, most are completely invisible to the eye and odorless.

Fortunately, the scientists at S2 Threat Technologies, a company outside of Denver, Colorado has just come out with a revolutionary new way to address the problem by going directly to the source.  Unlike urinalysis tests which can be invasive and put an unnecessary strain on the parent-child trust bond –  at a time when crucial – this test is discreet and can be performed without being noticed.

It can detect the presence of pot on or in just about anything in less than twenty seconds. One quick swab on the suspect material, compare it to a color card and the results are there.  It’s the only test of its kind and it’s pretty ground-breaking stuff.

MTK Cannabis Test Kit

The test is being sold under S2 Threat Detection’s new offshoot: Parents & Pot.  It’s the same test being used by law enforcement, the TSA and over 600 international airports, and it’s just become available to the consumer market.

Parents & Pot’s ambitious next focus will be to get their kits into every school across the country.  “In the years to come,” says Michael Callahan, President of S2 Threat Detection’s Parents and Pot “these kits could be as important as EpiPens in protecting our kids.”  A sobering commentary from a group of scientists at the forefront of threat and abuse detection.

But as great as these tests are, if you’re curious or concerned that your teen could be using pot, it’s probably best to first put your energy into creating a healthy relationship and encouraging non-judgmental conversations that allow your teen to be honest with you.  If that doesn’t dispel concerns, you now have the option of discreetly testing any suspicious items like those candies, baked items, waxes or vape pipes.

It’s truly a novel way to get to the root of a modern-day problem without causing unnecessary friction within the household. And a great new way to arm parents who are at the front lines, fighting the good fight.

You can get a Parents & Pot test kit or learn more at their website: www.ParentsandPot.com

Girl Scouts of California Send Cease and Desist Letter to Marijuana Industry

The Girl Scouts of California are taking on the marijuana industry. In a typical outrageous fashion the marijuana dispensaries are treading on other brands by knocking off their brand names for their marijuana products. See this drug ad that is trading on the Girl Scout Cookie brand.

Phillip Drum, PharmD  who lost his sister to a marijuana impaired driver says, “They need to be told this is completely unacceptable behavior – the POT industry does not care that they break laws.  How wrong is this that they claim MEDICAL purposes and then hide under the name of the Girl Scouts – despicable.”

How long are sensible Californians willing to look the other way while this scandalous industry continues to gain power and go rogue over our federal drug laws?!

Magnolia, a California pot dispensary has already removed the ‘Girl Scout’ labeled products off their shelves in response to a cease and desist letter sent to them by the Girl Scouts of America. One cannabis media publication reports that many such trademark infringements are common in the industry, and that others may soon come under scrutiny. The article mentions the illicit use of brand identities of Gorilla Glue, Star Trek, and Star Wars, even children’s cereals. And, it is well known that popular candies, cookies and pizza, all childhood favorites, are also infused with this powerful hallucinogen.

The trademark violations are happening elsewhere, also. Here is an article from Las Vegas, Nevada on 2/28/17, Parents Upset with ‘Gurl Scout Cookies’ Marijuana Strain.

The California Girl Scouts and their lawyers will likely be successful in putting a stop to the California marijuana dealers capitalizing on their good name. We hope other states will follow suit. Let’s just hope the Girl Scout Troop Leaders also teach the young girls they mentor about the dangers of drug use and how to “just say no” to drug use.

Marijuana and Adolescents Educational TV Show

Dr. Lynn Fox, an author of 11 books on drug education and prevention presents the facts about marijuana in this two part TV show.

 

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Dr. Lynn Fox
C. Lynn Fox, Ph.D. is an expert in the areas of drug awareness & prevention, adolescent development, classroom management, self-esteem enhancement, and Special Education. She has trained over 200,000 K-12 teachers in the past 30 years. June 7th, 2016 her 1/2 TV SPECIAL, Marijuana and Adolescents, will air in the Bay Area and available on YOUTUBE now.

Dr. Fox has authored & coauthored 11 books, including a TEXTBOOK with Dr. Shirley Forbing for HarperCollins entitled: Creating Drug Free Schools and Communities: A Comprehensive Approach.
Visit Dr. Lynn Fox’s website, www.powerfulparenting.com. Contact Lynn foxlynn@me.com or PO Box 862, Tiburon, CA 94920.

Marijuana a Factor in Widening the Achievement Gap for Minorities

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Students at Francisco Bravo Magnet High School in Los Angeles taking a practice test for state standardized tests. Photo Credit: Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times

Low income and marijuana are factors in poor school achievement for Latinos and Blacks in California.

By Roger Morgan, Stoppot2016.com

based on a report by L.A. Now

The gap in academic achievement between different ethnicities and family income levels is worse than previously reported, based on a Los Angeles Times analysis of results from new state tests given this year in California. The troubling pattern emerged when the scores are compared with those from the prior tests, which were last given to public school students two years ago.

While fewer students in all ethnic groups hit academic targets on the new test, black and Latinos dropped more than Asians and Whites did. Under the previous test, the gap separating Asian and black students was 35 percentile points. The gap increased to 44 percentile point under the new test.

While fewer students in all ethnic groups hit academic targets on the new test, blacks and Latinos dropped more than Asians and whites did. Under the previous test, the gap separating Asian and black students was 35 percentile points. The gap increased to 44 percentile points under the new test.

In that subject, 69% of Asian students achieved the state targets compared with 49% of whites, 21% of Latinos and 16% of blacks. Asian students’ results dropped the least on the new tests, which widened the gap between them and those who are white, black or Latino, the analysis showed. This pattern doesn’t bode well for California’s future, as the dominant ethnic community is Latino (39%), and growing.

White students maintained higher relative scores than their black and Latino peers. For years, educators and state officials have been struggling to improve the academic achievement of students from ethnic groups who have performed poorly. A similar pattern occurred with students from low-income families. Their scores declined at a steeper rate than students from more affluent backgrounds.

Marijuana’s Influence in the Classroom

The Times article didn’t state this, but a little investigation will reveal a direct correlation between the levels of marijuana use and the gaps in ethnic groups. Marijuana stifles motivation, maturation, memory and learning. Particularly during adolescence, it can cause permanent physical and chemical problems in the brain leading to loss of IQ by as much as 8 points. It is also a cause of psychotic breaks leading to violence, mental illness and suicide. In low income communities, the lure of easy money and high profits leads more young people into dealing drugs. More dealing leads to more drug use.

Those concerned about racial disparity and discrimination against blacks, such as the NAACP which is calling for legalization of marijuana, should take note of the correlation of low academic achievement in low income communities and higher use rates of marijuana and other drugs. Making marijuana more readily available exacerbates the problem.

Drugs and poverty leads to lack of academic achievement, higher dropout rates, more crime, mental illness, public health costs and welfare. 90% of jobs are unavailable to high school dropouts, so lack of academic achievement leads to low income employment, or no employment which leads to crime and welfare. In a lifetime, dropouts earn $260,000 less than high school graduates, and $1 million less than college graduates. 75% of dropouts have been arrested; and 80% of those incarcerated are high school dropouts.
The solution to “Black Lives Matter,” and/or to enhance the future for Latinos, must be to keep them in school, and to prevent and control the causes that would inhibit their ability to succeed. That would include stronger measures to prevent or at least defer the onset of marijuana and other drugs. Parents and other adults must be held accountable for providing drugs to minors. In California, that would include 18 year old “adults” who can buy a doctor’s recommendation for $20, then buy marijuana and distribute to younger kids.

California law provides a penalty of $2,500 plus one year in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If it were enforced, many more young people would have a bright future. Collectively, so would California and the nation.

Roger Morgan is the Founder of Take Back America Campaign, a drug prevention advocacy group based in California.