D.A.R.E. Dropping Marijuana From Kids' Ant-Drug Curriculum

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As of this month, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., the nation's largest anti-drug non-profit group, will no longer indoctrinate public school elementary kids against the evils of marijuana.

This is pretty major news, stoners, since D.A.R.E. has been preaching against the funky weed since the just-say-no days of the 1980s, and the use of marijuana by kids is the only victory that the group claims it's been able to deliver during that time. 

That self-congratulatory claim is itself dubious, however, since several studies and government audits over the years have argued that D.A.R.E. has actually been responsible for rising rates of pot smoking among adolescents, who might not have known anything about  ganja if it wasn't for being exposed to it by D.A.R.E. Indeed, this controversy is why D.A.R.E.'s funding in recent years has plummeted from more than $10 million per year to just third that amount, and why, hoping to reverse that trend, the group recently unveiled a new and hip anti-drug campaign called "Keeping It Real."

D.A.R.E. will continue to agitate against recreational pot smoking to middle and high school students. The news about D.A.R.E dropping elementary school kids from its anti-pot crusade comes via our friends at Reason magazine, which first found out that Washington State's D.A.R.E. program was making the change on Nov. 6, the same day voters in that state and Colorado made history by legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.  




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OCWeekly
OCWeekly

@AmeenaRasheed Gracias for RT!

EzyDose
EzyDose

D.A.R.E. actually introduced me to most drugs and got me started on marijuana.  Then in HIGH SCHOOL, they got me started on heroin. Simply put, because they described it as being extremely euphoric (being the smart and articulate student I was, I knew euphoria was just a fancy word for happiness).  I don't know about the rest of the human race, but I enjoy being happy.

Seven years later, I am on 300mg of Methadone per day, still miserable,  and am expected to have heart trouble early in my life.  Thanks D.A.R.E. -- Money well wasted.  From the sounds of it, its still being wasted.  They should still talk about marijuana, but leave the rest of the drugs out of it and kids won't know.  I wish I hadn't.

OCWeekly
OCWeekly

@JJayhubbard Gracias for RT!

OCWeekly
OCWeekly

@BeckleyDrugs Gracias for RT!

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

An appeal to all Prohibitionists:Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high—no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists, and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so "proud & free" nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard, or a local/national politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime pay, the many kickbacks, and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid, and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks?Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem!Prohibition prevents regulation: legalize, regulate, and tax!

legaliseflowers
legaliseflowers

Once we regulate cannabis, we can enforce rules regarding the minimum percentage of Cannabidiol (CBD) (for a start, maybe 2-5%).  It is clear that cannabis low in CBD is associated with more problems(1-3).  One thing all current studies miss is discussing regulated cannabis - for example, one study(4) stipulates that cannabis is half as harmful as alcohol.  The flaw in this study is that one drug is regulated, the other is not - cannabis will be much safer when regulations around minimum CBD are met and age limits are enforced.

This video is better in some ways compared to the studies:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2cAFRAX3Gs

1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/166124642

2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/202187843

3 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/215927324

4 http://jop.sagepub.com/content/26/2/213

Fabian Rodriguez
Fabian Rodriguez

For OC weekly being so anti-discrimination, they certainly use a lot of stereotypes and labels. Cough cough Arellano

JayelleFarmer
JayelleFarmer

>and the use of marijuana by kids is the only victory that the group claims it's been able to deliver during that time.

Incorrect. They have been successful in breaking up families, by telling children to inform on their parents for marijuana. Some parents have committed suicide as a result of DARE's heinous war against a relatively harmless plant. DARE is a thoroughly disgusting organisation and their demise has been long overdue. They knew their game was up when their announcement was made the same day as the 2 weed ballots in Washington and Colorado States.

DARE should be brought to book before the courts. There should be a class action brought against DARE for the impact that their lies have had on so many children who were taken away from their parents as a result of the children informing on them, and for the resultant parental suicides that occurred as a result.

Whophantom
Whophantom

Like people really listen to this bulls..t. just legalize it and get it done with!

Sam Macaluso
Sam Macaluso

^ they ARE focusing more on pharmacy meds. New laws state that any sorta hospital, people/animal, require to test employees.

Simon Baty
Simon Baty

it's about as dangerous as junk food, so, yeah, this seems to be a logical move.

x2lazyx
x2lazyx

@EzyDose LMAO i always wanted to try K cuz i remember they said some ppl would feel dead and see urself walking around lol but i never did it lol not much of a drug person i think it just depends on how u were raised 

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