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Marijuana's 4/20 Holiday Inspires Free Home Drug-Test Kits for Paranoid Parents

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Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 8:04 AM

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It's 4/20. Happy holiday, stoners.

Do you know where your bud is? More importantly, if you're a parent, do you know where your kid is?

A group called Not My Kid is warning you (PDF) that many teens try weed for the first time on April 20. It's even distributing home drug-testing kits to scare the hell out of Southern California teens on this holiest of high holidays:

A press release from the organization starts with this anecdote:

When 
Richard 
was
 18 
he 
tried
 marijuana
 for 
fun
 with
 a 
new
 group 
of 
friends.
 In 
the 
weeks 
that 
followed,
 he 
tried 
ecstasy, 
cocaine 
and 
meth.
 Within 
a
 month
 of 
smoking 
pot 
for 
the 
first 
time, 
he 
was 
doing 
heroin 
- 
and
 his 
parents 
had
 no 
idea.

Happens all the time! Wait. What? It doesn't? Of course it does. There are many studies linking the meteoric rise in heroin use to the 4/20 holiday. Wait, there's no meteoric rise in heroin use after April 20?

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Oh well, the point is, people, that ...

... on 
April 
20 
(4/20),
 also
 known 
as
 "National
 Get High 
Day," many 
kids 
around
 the 
world 
will 
try
 a 
variety 
of
 drugs
 for 
the 
first
 time
 and
 parents 
need 
to 
understand 
the 
profound 
risks.

Side effects include:

-Getting laid.

-Having a good time.

-Loopy conversation.

-Pizza!

-Dubstep appreciation.

But seriously, yesterday these fuckers distributed home drug test kits to parents in L.A., Orange and San Diego counties in anticipation of 4/20. WTF.


Debbie ("Downer") 
Moak, founder of 
Not My Kid:

Talking
 to 
your 
kids 
is 
only 
the
 first 
step.

The second step is fear and punishment:

We 
need 
parents 
to 
take
 action 
by
 getting
 on 
the 
same 
page, 
setting 
consistent
 boundaries,
 testing 
their
 kids ...

Gosh, no wonder her own son became an addict. Who wouldn't want to escape from that behavior Nazi?

Anyway, don't worry about Debbie. She's not your mom. Just be safe out there.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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