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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

Marijuana Use Expands Crime

A teen in Massachusetts smoked pot with another teen and then killed him.   Also last week, details emerged about a teen in Alaska who killed another teen over weed.   When there’s marijuana, crime happens

At the same time news came out about a man in West Virginia who sexually assaulted and killing the his girlfriend’s baby girl.  The couple smoked pot the evening before it happened.

Beginning Thursday, Massachusetts is poised to allow home grows of twelve plants which will service the black market for marijuana.    The state needs to prepare people and warn people of increase in this type of violence.

Certain people become highly delusional under the influence of marijuana, and have strange visions.  On November 25, a stoned driver had intense fear of a construction worker and ran over him with his vehicle.

If marijuana didn’t affect the brain, people would not hallucinate and kill so frequently under its influence..   Certain people stay in the state marijuana-induced psychosis for a very long time.

If the psychosis turns into schizophrenia, marijuana makes the condition worse.   A 19-year-old fraternity boy in Florida, who killed a couple in Florida, also started eating them.   THC was the only drug in his system and his father says there is schizophrenia in the family.
Also in Florida, the day after Thanksgiving, a babysitter got stoned and let the child drown.

Legalization Does Not Free the Police

We wonder why marijuana legalization advocates say: “Legalize to free police for more serious crimes.”   There are far too many stories showing that marijuana increases crime.

In Colorado, prosecutors have noticed an increase in murders motivated by marijuana, since legalization.

Humboldt County, California, principle pot-growing region of the USA, has a murder rate that far exceeds national averages.

On the first day of legalization in Washington state in 2012, two people were murdered when they tried to steal a marijuana grow.

Earlier this year,  murderers killed eight family members in southern Ohio, revealing a massive marijuana growing business.   

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.

Colorado Pot Experiment What Other States Can Learn

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.

The Denver District Attorney recently wrote a letter to Californians warning about the increase in crime that comes with legalization.

When Coloradans tried to put together a ballot petition to limit the strength of marijuana to 16% THC, the marijuana industry bought off the petitioners and killed the democratic process.

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.

 

Senate President Kevin de León Doesn’t Favor Pot Legalization

On August 3, California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León said that he is not ready to support marijuana legalization.  Reporters at a Sacramento press briefing asked his opinion of Proposition 64.  De León replied:  “I don’t know if I am behind the times in comparison to other folks, but I still have my concerns.”

De León had an opportune meeting  with Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado,  sitting next to him on a flight back from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  The men discussed the effect of a pot legalization measure which was approved by Colorado in 2012.

De León told reporters, “We had a very comprehensive conversation.”  The Senate leader worries that the marijuana of today is far more potent than in the past and that the sale of pot edibles in the form of candies and gummy bears attracts minors.   “These are real-life consequences.” he said.

AUMA
Senate President Kevin de León is right that marijuana edibles — now circulating in California — are designed to attract children.

Candies and edibles that appeal to children are already sold in California.  Jason Kinney, a spokesman for the Proposition 64 campaign, says that edibles “designed to be appealing to children or easily confused with commercially sold candy,” will be banned.  Kinney knows that it’s impossible to regulate this addiction industry hyped for its money making potential.

Deceptions Pushed by AUMA

Another message of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA, also called Proposition 64) is based on false innuendo. “The current system of prohibition has spectacularly failed to protect children, since drug dealers don’t card,”  cites Kinney, using a common cliché.           

Marijuana lobbyists told the same presumptuous lie in Colorado and Washington back in 2012, when they tricked voters into legalization.

The current system is not prohibition, since 17- year-olds can get medical marijuana cards for dubious conditions, and children get it from their parents.    Plus, in California, kids find pot is easier to hide from parents/schools than alcohol.   In California, marijuana possession calls for a $100 fine, less than most parking or traffic tickets. Why would police ever bother? 

To find a place with strict marijuana laws, one must look outside of the United States.  (The United States has more than 50% of the worlds drug users.)  Most states have decriminalized marijuana in practice.  Police arrest for pot possession only when other crimes have been committed or are suspected.

When Colorado legalized adult marijuana use in 2013, children began using pot at younger ages.  For example, instead of marijuana use starting in middle school, it began to show up with 4th graders.

Black markets thrive in Colorado, Washington and Oregon, as more people want to get into the business.

Can de Leon’s Wisdom on this Issue Spread?

Sen. de León listened to Governor Hickenlooper who has been trying to make pot legalization work in Colorado.   Hickenlooper did not support legalization in 2012.  In 2014, during a debate with his Republican opponent for governor, he called Colorado’s marijuana legalization “reckless.”   Marijuana taxes contribute to less than 1% of Colorado’s state budget, while thousands of dollars are spent on the consequences of legalization.

Kevin de León represents the Los Angeles area.  He has been in the California Senate since 2010 and quickly rose to leadership.  Two years ago the Senate elected him Senate president pro tempore.  He became the first Latino to hold that position in 130 years.

De León is  a member of the young guard of the Democratic Party which generally supports marijuana legalization.  Governor Jerry Brown and Senator Dianne Feinstein do not favor it.   Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom formed a committee to write the AUMA initiative.  However, he admits that his wife is very afraid of the message it sends to the children.

De León is co-author of a bill requiring colleges that receive state funds for student financial assistance, to adopt an “affirmative consent standard” for sexual relations (“Yes Means Yes”).   That type of leadership ability on key issues could be valuable again.  His background is as an educator, teacher and community organizer.  De León said he is still processing information to make an intelligent decision about marijuana legalization.  He has made it clear, however, that he is aware of major problems, even though other party members listen to the pot industry.  http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article93525057.html

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