As a Father and once a teen, I would rather my child be edecated as far as the possible long term affects.
My son has always been on the honor roll and maintained a 3.9 GPA throughout high school and doing great in college.. I am very aware of his marijuana use and my son is at the age where he can make his own descisions now.
Marijuana is one drug im least concerned about as a parent. forcing harsh punishment will lead to resentment, and in alot of children ultimately escalating there drug use and additional experimenting.. Why? Because of suggestions like this. So my kid can rebel, and make even stupider descision out of spite? I dont think so, get with the program that grounding sh*t doesnt work and without merit causes more problems then its worth.
All the phycologists and shrinks I know now smoke a joint after work to relieve the stress that builds up during the day after hearing peoples problems all day long. Maybe you could give that a try.
In my opinion I think there are 3 ways to go about dealing with a kid who is smoking weed.
1. As suspicious a cop - as in the doctors example
2. As a cool, trustworthy Mom or Dad
3. Somewhere in the middle of 1 and 2 closer to 2
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with addiction and harm whilst others see it as a great friends. I see it as the flowering bud of a friendly green plant that has done harm to none
and has the ability to help billions. This simple bud not only has the ability to relieve pain as most know, studies show it can help with
Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, asthma, glaucoma, neuron growth, lung cancer, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, brain cancer,
hypertension, depression, and glaucoma and more than 100 others.
With marijuana it's a fickle issue as for years and years society has told you that marijuana is BAD! Is it really? They tell
you that it's an addictive substance, that it's a gateway drug, or that it makes you insane or violent. These are
all completely false. First, saying that marijuana will lead you to cocaine, heroin, or other harder drugs is an absurd notion. Using that logic
the goverment is telling everyone that they have no willpower and can't come to the easy conclusion that instead of hopping to the
deadly and horribly addictive drugs that we stick with perfectly pleasurable and NON-addictive marijuana; which in your entire life how many
cases have you heard of people losing their jobs or ending up on the streets because of their terrible addiction to marijuana? None, studies
show that only about 1 out of 100 go to stronger drugs. Plus there have never been any legitimate recorded violent outbursts that were
attributed to marijuana.
So, if marijuana isn't bad then why would it be illegal? Well, the criminalization of marijuana is drenched with racism and ignorance. They
felt that minorities on marijuana would be more inclined to have their way with white women wandering about or other violent crimes. Then we can jump to the famed War on Drugs, which includes
marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and otherwise-legal pharmaceuticals if they are obtained by illegal means or used for non-medicinal purposes.
We all know about it and if it were to remove marijuana from it's list I could agree with it. When Nixon started this "war" he commissioned a study of
marijuana called the Shafer Report. At the end of the study they concluded
"[T]he criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use. It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only 'with the greatest reluctance."
Now why was it included in this war or even kept illegal if this was discovered? Well in the 70's there was a little incident called the Vietnam war which many people
protested against and what particular substance do you think the 70's protesters liked to indulge upon? Marijuana of course, so they would have a way to arrest
protesters! Since then it's been nothing but societal igorance and stupid politicians.
I was going to reply to this preposterous crock of c**p here but I'll just post the Newspaper Article I wrote regarding marijuana.
NOTE: This is an extremely rough draft which is missing a bit and is pre-editing, it's not the published one.
Do you really want your child to hate you? Its not for their good! How will you be able to build a healthy relationship with them afterwards? I'd rather my daughter smoke than be doing cocaine or herion. Just be glad their smoking natural things, not inducing nasty toxic chemicals.
Me, I had no interest in school and was failing before I started.