Reader: Today's pot is a lot more harmful to kids than weed back in the day

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We love it when a Comment of the Day starts a new conversation -- and that's precisely what happened with one reader's take on pundits critical of Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana. Here's a post by a reader who thinks today's cannabis can't truly be compared with the pot a lot of older smokers remember.

johninlongmont1 writes:

Well, Jared is another case of the pot calling the kettle black...we've already seen increased problems with pot at our public schools -- something the pro-legalizers assured us would not happen....I think one main problem is old-timer potheads remember when they used to smoke years ago and that didn't harm them, but today's marijuana doesn't resemble what those folks used to smoke...the THC content is now so high, it's put pot into a whole different category than what many people remember it used to be.

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James Speiser
James Speiser

Samuel, strong weed can be harmful. Especially to kids. I was a pot head and I know this.

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

Everything is stronger now days..there are many strains that are less strong. Perscription drugs of all types are stronger..we have a pain killer addition epidemic in this country as well....teach kids the facts..pros and cons..the retail marajuana is not as strong as the medical...

John Anthony Gadd
John Anthony Gadd

this would be a sage warning if THC, cannabinoids, flavinoids, or terpenes had any toxic properties at all.

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

Patrick, it is even easier for a kid to go to school with a pack of cigarettes than pot. Should Marlboro's & Camel be made illegal for adults?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Yeah, we all certainly miss the good ole days of the Red Scare II and Jim Crow, don't we?

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

What do you think Westword? Show your cards. You always ask everyones opinions on opinions from your so called readers. So that being said, what is your opinion? Jason, Jeff Y is probably pro tobacco, and cigars(which kids can get just as easily), but boo to adults smoking marijuana. Makes sense, right?

Jason Wagner
Jason Wagner

Is English not your first language Jeff or did pot screw up your grammar skills?

Jeff Yates
Jeff Yates

Kids smoke pot all day,so easy for them to get.Kids in Colorado will never learn anything.Pot head kids at age of 8 and up.

Patrick Raspberry
Patrick Raspberry

Its much easier for a kid to go to school with an eighth in his bag as opposed to a six pack. Remember people grow this shit in their homes...no need to get big brother or the local bum to buy it for you.

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

That is like saying beer kids got back then was 3.2, so it was safer than the 6% that's being consumed today. Kids will get their hands on anything if they want it bad enough...no matter WHAT laws or good intentions are involved. Plus, we didn't have phones with cameras/video cameras...even if we had, i doubt we would have been broadcasting it so our parents, teachers, total strangers & law enforcement could see. It seems that there's a lot less good sense and a lot more people watching these days

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

But they didn't post the other comments by myself and others that slammed the guy. If you're gonna argue against, at least have a valid arguement, backed up with facts; instead of recycling tired, debunked talking points.

Glen Kelley
Glen Kelley

Todays greedy corporate money sucking Government is way more harmful than the government of the 1950's .

Michael Apostle
Michael Apostle

'Back in the day' meant lots of moldy brick weed, and that was not very healthy at all.

Chris Ricciardi
Chris Ricciardi

Well, thats why kids shouldn't have 'today's pot'. Just like they shouldn't have Liquor. DUH.

Adam Hill
Adam Hill

@samuel Walter: very astute observation about THC equating danger.

Christopher Fesmire
Christopher Fesmire

I think westword is getting unliked. Reporting on peoples' opinions (which have no base in fact). "Today's" pot, really? When did the laws of biology get changed? It is, was, and has been the same herb. Why must you give such public forums to such plain stupidity?

Adam Hill
Adam Hill

The notion that the THC content in today's pot is higher than in the 60's and 70's is assinine and ignorant. The utter lack of objective, unbiased testing on marijuana and THC content leaves us with no data to support those claims. Also the notion that pot is just as dangerous, or more dangerous for that matter, is complete misinformation. The reason for the 21+ age limit is the mind altering properties. It is obvious that y'all did absolutely no read watch as to the pros and cons of it, and definitely didn't do read watch with objectivity and a thirst for the truth.

cougarfan101
cougarfan101

The notion that the THC content in today's pot is higher than in the 60's and 70's is assinine and ignorant. The utter lack of objective, unbiased testing on marijuana and THC content leaves us with no data to support those claims. Also the notion that pot is just as dangerous, or more dangerous for that matter, is complete misinformation. The reason for the 21+ age limit is the mind altering properties. It is obvious that y'all did absolutely no read watch as to the pros and cons of it, and definitely didn't do read watch with objectivity and a thirst for the truth.

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

This ill-informed reader is equating THC content with harm. We also know that's patently false. THC is not toxic, and has actually been found to have powerful neuroprotective properties in addition to its numerous other benefits. The act of inhaling smoke, combustible organic material, represents the totality of the potential harm in using marijuana, and that can be easily eliminated by way of ingestion, or vaporization. I suggest this reader get some real facts from legitimate, unbiased resources rather than continuing to spew long-ago-refuted hyperbole and inaccurate nonsense.

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

And today's beer has a higher alcohol content. Some kids are going to get into both, no matter how hard you try to keep them from it. Best thing is to educate. Period. Don't like your kid smoking or drinking? Talk with him or her - have a decent parent/child relationship where they can ask questions and trust your answers, one where they don't feel they have to sneak around behind your back. If you have a kid that sneaks around behind your back, you have a much bigger problem than them just sneaking some drinks or smokes. It's still so weird that we live in a society that allows 18-year-olds to join the armed forces and kill and be killed but we don't trust them enough to make decisions about alcohol or marijuana.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

It's obviously Dangerous and Harmful, which is why the authors and supporters of A64 explicitly denied everyone under 21 years old ANY LEGAL ACCESS to rec. pot, under full penalty of CRIMINAL LAW.



WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

Take a look at all the potheads left over from the 60's and 70's. 


If today's weed is even more damaging then we are in some serious trouble. The burnouts smoking today's chronic will be legally retarded by the time they turn 40.

stuka1
stuka1

Citation needed.  You having used it at one time doesn't mean you know fuck about it being supposedly harmful.  You can't make up your own facts.

stuka1
stuka1

You just live in a fantasy world, don't you.

stuka1
stuka1

Not that many parents of school age children, comparatively, grow their own.  And of that small number, the vast majority will take measures to keep their kids out of it (and that is the law as well).

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Sucka1 <=== clearly harmed as a child

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