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420. Take note on 4/20.

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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:43 am

This Saturday is 4/20. What’s so special about that? If you’re asking yourself that question, you should be thankful you’re reading this.

420 is a discreet code for getting high. It’s used in texts, even printed on T-shirts and many adults are clueless as to what it truly stands for.

According to Urban Dictionary, the term was coined back in the early 70’s, but has resurfaced with the current generation.

This upcoming Saturday “National Weed Day.”  Talk to your kids. Let them know about how marijuana affects a person. Make sure your child understands all of the consequences of this choice.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy states:

1) Kids who are regular marijuana users often have shortened attention spans, decreased energy and ambition, lack of judgment, high distractibility, and impaired ability to communicate and relate to others—a set of symptoms called "amotivational syndrome" by psychologists.

2) Kids who regularly smoke marijuana often make risky decisions about driving or sex.

3) Using marijuana can lead to symptoms of depression and thoughts of suicide.

4) Regular marijuana use can lead to breathing problems and greater exposure to cancerous chemicals than from tobacco. In fact, one marijuana cigarette can deliver four times as much cancer-causing tar as one tobacco cigarette.

5) Marijuana today is more than twice as powerful on average as it was 20 years ago. It contains twice the concentration of THC, the chemical that affects the brain.

6) New studies point to a link between marijuana use and long-term mental illness, including schizophrenia.

Pay particularly close attention to what they are doing and who they are with. Rumor has it that this is considered “newbie” day so be bold in parenting. Once again, education is key.

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