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Your Kids Are Getting Stoned Right Under Your Noses

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Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 4:00 AM

How passe. Kids today often prefer a discreet vaporizer pen 

Recently, a 16-year-old girl from the Westside we'll call Bridget became annoyed with her boyfriend, whom we'll call Bert. They'd been dating for almost a year when he bought a vaporizer pen. He quickly went from smoking weed before parties on the weekends to vaping THC every night before bed. His folks had no idea.

"He has, like, a really good reputation among the parents, and so he would never want to come off as that kid who smokes too much, so he was always really secretive about it," she says. 

That's how it goes these days with vaporizer pens, which can be nearly odorless and are making it easier than ever to get high discreetly. Even if L.A. bans their use in public  - or California bans wax, the cannabis concentrate usually used in these devices - it still won't stop them from getting high right under their parents' noses.

Or their teachers'. One high school student reports recently seeing a group of girls passing around two vape pens in the senior lounge, getting stoned barely 10 feet away from the principal's office.

Everyone knows that California's legalization of medical marijuana has made the drug more accessible to a new generation of high school kids.

Still, it's one thing to get the pot; previous generations had to worry about concealing the smell and stashing the equipment as well. Blowing into cardboard toilet paper tubes through dryer sheets could only get you so far.

But vape pens produce only a slight odor, one that doesn't linger for hours like marijuana smoke. Also, the pens are small and discreet, and so kids can get high nearly anywhere - in a school bathroom, in the attic, in their bedrooms - where they can be alone for five minutes.  

Anecdotally, it's pretty clear that boys are more likely to invest in the pens - which can cost nearly $100 or more - but girls are just as likely to partake, especially at parties.

How can they be so brazen? Well, it helps that there are no more bulky baggies to get busted with. Wax is often stored in pocket-friendly, half-dollar sized canisters. Most parents and teachers might not even recognize that the mushy green or yellow THC concentrate is a drug at all, let alone an unregulated one that could contain dangerous amounts of butane.

And one boy, now a freshman at USC, said his prestigious high school's lecture-style classes made getting stoned on school time much easier.

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