International Marijuana Appreciation Day- I mean we have every other awareness and appreciation day spanning the entire twelve month calendar. For many, the idea of smoking weed, an illegal substance is absolutely preposterous. There are 190 million Cannibus users.
Four-twenty is a number that may, or may not mean a lot to you. For high school students, it is an International phenomenon credited to Bob Marley because for teenagers, he is the ultimate endorsement of weed. Dedicated to smoking on this day, it is believed that a group of high school students in California used to get together and smoke weed at the same time everyday. My daughter told me that students with rich parents at her school actually travel to California to partake of the best weed in a legal environment on weed smoking day.
Based on the New York Bestseller, The Tipping Point I will say that I agree with Malcolm Gladwell who has evidence based information about the use of cigarettes, alcohol and narcotics which indicate that not everyone is going to become addicted to and abuse substances.
In short, I believe that whether weed, or any other illegal substance was made legal, it would not increase the actual use of the drug. For example, if Heroine was legal, would you try it? People don’t use drugs because they are legal or illegal. And, there are dangerous alcohol drinkers who kill people when they get behind the wheel. I do agree that there should be legal consequences put in place for drivers under any influence, however, in my personal opinion, legalizing marijuana or any other drug will not make consumption of said drug okay.
I believe that it is important to label the risks, and to take measures to prevent children and teenagers from consuming alcohol and narcotics but as in the case of the evidence based information that Mr. Gladwell suggests in his book, people will plateau at a certain age.
This means that they will either be an addict or not, to cigarettes, narcotics, or alcohol. As a side note, I do believe that the laws should be changed and all drugs legalized. Portugal has already done it, and when you watch the below video you’ll see statistics as to why it could benefit us to do so.
Additionally, I want everyone who has been in prison on drug related offenses to have those offenses dropped and no papered. As a result, some people will have reduced time, and others will have no record, making it easier to reenter the job market (which applies to those incarcerated and at home.)
As you know, I talk about child sexual abuse awareness and prevention. What I know of its relation to substance abuse is that eighty percent of people who are addicted to some form of altered state through alcohol or narcotics have been sexually abused as a child.
Call me genius but the correlation is undeniable, and instead of toughening the laws on drugs, I believe that illegal consumption should be lifted and that these like alcohol and cigarettes be a choice for others to make. People will either kill themselves, lose interest, or never try it because they were never into drugs in the first place. People who are working addicts, will continue to be, managing their daily tasks with their addiction(s).
Teenage Dating Violence
As for Teenagers who are in dating relationships where drugs, and alcohol are present, did you know that addictive behavior is an early warning sign that your relationship could become abusive physically or emotionally?
Say NO at an early age
Teenagers in positive dating relationships enjoy being sober. Individuals who use drugs are often masking their true feelings about something traumatic that may have happened to them. Or, they may be greatly affected by the absence or death or a family member; divorce of parents, heartbreak, feelings of abandonment.
There are many reasons why individuals crave the nirvana or getting obliterated. For many, they desire to be cool or fit in, but if your boyfriend or girlfriend is using substances without anyone else around, and it is the first thing that they do in the morning, and/or the last thing that they do before the go to sleep, they may have a problem.
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As a teenager, I encourage you to remember that your soul (mind, will and emotions; thinker, feeler, chooser), and your body are still under development. Even if you have great responsibility in school or at home; pressure from parents to do better than you may feel comfortable producing, you have more than enough time to make mistakes and successes.
Taking drugs to induce a false sense of self will ultimately disengage you from the process of learning how to overcome small mistakes so that by the time you are out of high school, into adulthood, the mistakes you make will seem like the end of life itself- and the only covering that will seem comfortable is your high.
Drugs have ruined many domestic relationships. There are people fifty years old who began smoking and drinking at ten and fifteen years old. My encouragement to anyone who is a teenager, who desires to do the drugs with all of the dope slang names, advertised in commercialized music, is to remember that you have to watch what you allow in your spirit. You also have to remember that you brain is not fully developed and many drugs slow, or exterminate some of your faculties.
Living life is hard enough sober, when you add addiction, you often live a regretful life void of positive relationships because being addicted to drugs is all about you. Recovering drug addicts will often admit that users are some of the most selfish people in the world.
Drugs are not actually cool. You are. And, you do not need them. If you are the girlfriend or boyfriend in a relationship with someone who is looking forward to four-twenty to get on a plane, or in a car to participate in the “Bob Marley Day” as it is nicknamed or National Weed Day, make sure that he or she is equally excited about traveling the world, seeing you for lunch, sporting events, and college visits.
I am not in any way endorsing drugs and alcohol. I am endorsing it as a choice, for responsible adults who are not hiding their traumatic neglect, abandonment, physical or sexual abuse issues with what they inhale.
I am not in any way endorsing drugs or alcohol for minors. As I mentioned science has proven that the decision-making part of your brain is still underdeveloped. Whenever you put anything in your body synthetic or other, you want to make sure that it is the best medicine for you to take.
Many happy-go-lucky weed smokers, believe weed to provide healing as it has been widely attributed to glauocoma healing. Here is what I will say, you do not want to be addicted to anything in life, except for the spiritual clarity, and sensitivity of God; to know how to make decisions and to have a friend when no one is there.
When you replace your spiritual relationship with God, with anything like Chicken, Chocolate, Grilled Cheese sandwiches, narcotics, drugs, alcohol, or even the gym, you limit your ability to hear warnings when danger is near. You limit your friendship with God, and you limit certain areas of your life that otherwise may have been an open door.
I really want high school students to read this so if you believe in anything that I am saying, please go social media crazy.
My personal beliefs are that everything in life requires balance. While I am a Christian, and not a drinker, I do not believe that if I choose to drink, I am going to hell- the bible does not say that. It does however say that I should not get drunk! It also states that your body is the temple of the holy ghost. There are scriptures, if you are a Christian that you can reference to learn how to make sure you have a balanced position where your body and life choices are concerned.
If you are a teenager, and you can honestly say that you do a lot of the things that you are doing, because you are bored, I would then suggest that you get well acquainted with yourself. I want to encourage you to find your gifts in art, music, debate, advocacy, medicine, calculus etc, and join clubs and organizations that can support you developing your craft. You never know how high you can go, if you are high, altered and slow to grasp concepts that you may otherwise be able to master in a short amount of time.
It was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (February), and my purpose is to get you thinking, to ask yourself important questions, and above all remember that this is the time in your life that you have to prepare for your future. Life, and people are not often kind to adults. Whether you parents are involved or not, you can take charge of your life and pursue your passions. Nicki Sanders, is a great advocate for youth seeking post high school options. Check her out.
If you believe that you may be in a relationship that is or could turn violent, I want to impress upon you the importance of telling someone and getting out. He or she doesn’t have to actually do something for you to feel threatened, in fear, uncomfortable, or to simply desire to walk away.
Sometimes it could be the building pressure to have sex that makes you feel violated. You and your partner may have different choices about whether to have or not have sex, and you need to know that if you choose to keep your virtue, you have that right no matter who wants to take it.
I chose Marijuana as a conversation piece today, because it is the most widely used drug around the world. Although some teenagers came up with Weed Day, there are many people who believe Marijuana should be legalized. I agree. Below is a video sharing information about Marijuana in California. It is important to know that it is not legal, and that even it is were, there is an unlikely chance that children or teenagers would be apart of the legislation for legal consumption.
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