Pubdate: Sat, 09 Jan 2010
Source: Barrie Examiner (CN ON)
Copyright: 2010, Osprey Media Group Inc.
Page: 5
Author: Russell Barth


A kid of about 13 wanders through a house party. He goes outside 
where there are a quartet of pot smokers who offer him a joint.

He thinks for a moment, then there are all these quick flashes of him 
with pills, hiding stuff under his bed, getting into fights with his 
family, falling asleep in class and getting busted at school.

The ad implies that trying pot once will turn you into a full-on drug 
fiend within days. This flies in the face of all science on the 
subject, but since when were facts used in anti-drug ads?

So the kid just shrugs and goes back into the party -- ostensibly to 
eat more junk food and, quaff 'energy drinks', and listen to L'il 
Wayne and Snoop Dogg.

Does anyone really think kids will believe this fear-mongering balderdash?

In the 1980s, when I was a teen, they tried to stuff all this 'Just 
Say No' stuff down our throats and all it did was make us think that 
adults were morons. If this new ad campaign is anywhere near as 
effective as previous government-run, anti-marijuana messages, we 
should see the number of teen drug users increase 10% within the next 
few years.

Well done, Mr. Harper.

Russell Barth

Patients Against Ignorance and Discrimination on Cannabis Nepean.
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