Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the leading U.S. non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based marijuana policy, criticized the California Cannabis Business Conference for fueling the rise of special interest groups that undermine public health and safety regulations in California.
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 – ata 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.
Since Massachusetts allows huge home grows, it probably won’t be long before police will be investigating such murders. Obviously voters didn’t understand Question 4. The marijuana advocates in Massachusetts are laughing right now.
Recently on CBS News 60 Minutes Report on Colorado Marijuana, Governor John Hickenlooper was asked to reflect on his state’s pot experiment. He warned residents of other states not to legalize marijuana. His state recently passed a law requiring more labels and more packaging on edible marijuana. He described regulating marijuana as “more than tricky.”
One of the most disturbing facts in the 60 Minutes was stated by Dr. Steven Simerville. He said 71 teens showing up in his hospital in Pueblo testing positive for THC. It begs the questions: Why are so many teens in the hospital and why are so many teens using pot?
Anyone who reads faces honestly knows that Gov. Hickenlooper is trying to put the best possible spin on a bad situation. The marijuana lobby wrote Amendment 64 in 2012 to give tremendous amounts of money to the marijuana industry.
Other States Voting on Pot Experiment
The five legalization initiatives on the ballots in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada this year are also designed to benefit Big Marijuana. Here are the problems.
Although the cities and counties can opt out of retail stores, it will be very, very difficult as in Colorado and entail legal battles and fights that are yet to come. (Here’s what is happening in Pueblo)
All ballots allow the sale of edibles without restrictions on the strength of edibles. Edibles can look like popular candies and often send children to the ER. (It has already happened in California.)
Governor Hickenlooper hopes – that is hopes – some problems can be resolved. The state now spends $8 million trying to warn teens not to use pot. Although the Colorado Healthy Kids Survey suggests that teen use did not go up, key counties did not participate in the survey and there are problems in the survey.
In short, marijuana legalization is written to benefit the financiers who are trying to make money off of something that can harm teens and harm society as a whole.