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Free 420 Drug Tests: Brilliant or Buzzkill?

News 2012/04/20 13:00:00
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If you don't know what day it is, this probably won't matter much to you. But for some, April 20 is a lot more than Hitler's birthday. For weed smokers, it's known simply as 420. The high holiday. Legend has it the 420 tradition was planted by a group of teenagers at a Northern California high school in the early '70s, but whatever the origin, it's become the most sacred day on the stoner calendar.

Well, Syracuse police aren't having any of it. Starting yesterday, local police have been handing out hundreds of home drug tests to help parents determine whether their kid is partaking in the festivities. They're calling it the "420 Prevention Project." Of course, the tests aren't going to land the kids in jail if they're administed by parents. The point is to open a dialogue, to let parents know what their kids are into. So what do you say? Are these at-home drug tests brilliant... or just a buzzkill?

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  • SoD 3052457 2012/04/20 21:18:10
    SoD
    +1
    "I don't live in the US...try doing some research."

    I know you don't live in the US, which was part of my point... try thinking.

    "I live in a place where we do this routinely to help those around us."

    Helping people who haven't mustered the initiative to ask for assistance is a waste of resources.

    PS

    There is nothing worse than a busybody do-gooder, which is why I'll never live in the UK ;)
  • 3052457 SoD 2012/04/20 21:33:35 (edited)
  • SoD 3052457 2012/04/20 23:39:28
  • lee 3052457 2012/04/20 21:21:20
    lee
    +1
    no, but I perfer to.... as a a voting citizen... I can chose to vote for ppl who think like me.
  • 3052457 lee 2012/04/20 21:33:59
  • Inquisi... 3052457 2012/04/20 18:55:33
    Inquisitve Kat
    +2
    Good parents don't likely need drug tests to know what their children are up to.
    Don't expect citizens to pay for slack parenting.
  • 3052457 Inquisi... 2012/04/20 20:16:53
  • Inquisi... 3052457 2012/04/20 20:22:59 (edited)
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    Actually, I was pretty open and honest... as were they. I suppose I lucked out.
    *Edit* To be fair, dad would supply me with pot, rather than worry about where I got it.
  • 3052457 Inquisi... 2012/04/20 20:25:37
  • Inquisi... 3052457 2012/04/20 22:00:33
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    :-)
    My parents never toked (my mother does smoke cigarettes, and has since long before I came along). I did toke as a teenager, but to be fair to my parents, all that was known by then was that pot really wasn't as harmful as government was trying to claim and that it as virtually "safe"... it's only in very recent years they can link it to amotivational syndrome in teengers. So, I'm not sure they would have supplied it so eagerly now, if I was a teen, but I agree entirely that the honesty and openess breed the same qualities in children.
  • JDLogan 2012/04/20 17:55:13
    Buzzkill
    JDLogan
    +5
    There are really three issues here, whether marijuana should be legal (I think it should be), whether parents have the right to test their under-age children (I think they do), and whether the government should be buying the tests (I think they shouldn't).

    While I support legalization, I don't think marijuana use by children is a good idea.
  • Sterling 2012/04/20 17:36:33
    Buzzkill
    Sterling
    +3
    If parents care they should be out buying these tests themselves.
  • John Grubbs 2012/04/20 17:35:41
    Buzzkill
    John Grubbs
    +1
    that would be f*cking retarded
  • Luna Wren 2012/04/20 17:35:28
    Buzzkill
    Luna Wren
    +2
    Do you know how many of my friends would get in trouble?!?!?!?!
    My life would suck.
  • 2012/04/20 17:33:48
    Brilliant
    +1
    it's a no brainer!
  • John Gr... 2012/04/20 17:36:45
    John Grubbs
    +3
    wtf is wrong with you?!
  • Kira 2012/04/20 17:33:42
    Buzzkill
    Kira
    +1
    wow lol jeezus its hitlers death day though :D
  • brunyon 2012/04/20 17:26:33
    Brilliant
    brunyon
    +1
    Pothead tears taste great!
  • Inquisi... brunyon 2012/04/20 18:56:44
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    Just like taxpayers money?
  • brunyon Inquisi... 2012/04/20 19:37:52
    brunyon
    +1
    I would gladly pay in taxes if it caues retarded potheads to freak out
  • Inquisi... brunyon 2012/04/20 20:02:20
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    I can think of many ways to cause potheads to freak out without wasting people's money.
  • brunyon Inquisi... 2012/04/20 21:58:06
    brunyon
    +1
    Death Sentence for pot charges!
  • Inquisi... brunyon 2012/04/20 22:12:09
    Inquisitve Kat
    Okay, now I know you're trolling. ;-)
  • brunyon Inquisi... 2012/04/23 17:58:22
    brunyon
    Not at all, bullets are cheap
  • Inquisi... brunyon 2012/04/24 04:15:44
    Inquisitve Kat
    If you're not trolling, it is my opinion that you need to seek some mental help, and I really don't mean that as an insult.
  • brunyon Inquisi... 2012/04/24 13:53:48
    brunyon
    Pot heads are a drain on the people
  • Inquisi... brunyon 2012/04/24 16:07:47
    Inquisitve Kat
    So are those who want to waste the system's tax dollars... and so are the mentally instable...
  • brunyon Inquisi... 2012/04/24 17:39:25
    brunyon
    I like where you are going with this!
  • Rebel 2012/04/20 17:26:29
    Buzzkill
    Rebel
  • Common Sense Conservative 2012/04/20 17:26:02
    Buzzkill
    Common Sense Conservative
    +2
    If you don't know your own kids you are a bad parent.
  • Tank Common ... 2012/04/20 17:40:17 (edited)
    Tank
    +1
    Or your kids are just very good at hiding things (probably both). Either way, if my parents wanted to drug test me, as opposed to talking about stuff/being decent people about it, I'd probably move out (not permanently, I don't really want to inconvenience my friends and some of their parents, and I'm realistic enough to know that it probably wouldn't work, but I sure as hell wouldn't want to be in the same house as my parents).

    Fortunately for me, I have awesome parents who wouldn't do that.
  • Common ... Tank 2012/04/20 17:44:21
    Common Sense Conservative
    +2
    Sometimes parents have to do things for kids when they are young to help them be better in the future. And I could care less how much kids hide stuff, if you as a parent don't know what's going on then the parent is a bad one at that.
  • Tank Common ... 2012/04/20 17:50:03
    Tank
    +2
    Fair enough, though I do think that some kids are exceptionally good at hiding things from everyone, not just from their parent/s, and in cases like that it can be very hard for the parent/s to realise that something's wrong, let alone what. I'm not saying it's ok for parents not to know their kids well, I'm not saying that at all, I'm just saying that there are a few 'exceptions'.
  • hrailey 2012/04/20 17:23:49 (edited)
    Brilliant
    hrailey
    +1
    Just as children don't need alcohol, they certainly don't need pot either. If adults want to imbibe in a little bong-age in a safe, responsible manner, that's a whole different matter. That's my opinion. I would only want to use the kit if my kid was red-eyed smelling of pot, laughing and smiling at nothing and eating all the cheetos and drinking all the chocolate milk in the house. Oh snap, I remember that!
  • Inquisi... hrailey 2012/04/20 18:59:48
    Inquisitve Kat
    +2
    Why would you want to use the kit for that? It sounds like a dead giveaway. lol
    Seriously, though, I agree... children don't need pot (and I'm not against pot in the least)... but I don't think it's fair for taxpayers to be funding this "gift". If parents are truly concerned, they can purchase a kid themselves... or, pay attention to their children.
  • ☂cinderella.dress.in.yellow☂ 2012/04/20 17:18:40
    Buzzkill
    ☂cinderella.dress.in.yellow☂
    +3
    i thought about this for a mintue and it is a buzz kill if your really that worried then should talk your kids about drugs not give them a drug test
  • Huki68 2012/04/20 17:18:35
    Brilliant
    Huki68
  • MLor 2012/04/20 17:17:45
    Brilliant
    MLor
    +1
    Any tool to help parents against the temptations thrown at kids GO FOR IT! Marijuana is illegal and can lead to more destructive drugs. When you're a kid you have no self control or years of experience to deal with the reprocutions of bad decisions. Peer pressure still is alive & well.
  • GoatHorns MLor 2012/04/20 18:38:42
    GoatHorns
    +1
    so taxpayers should be paying for this? no.
  • MLor GoatHorns 2012/04/21 04:10:23
    MLor
    Taxpayers are already supporting the prisons....no? Would you rather feed more prisoners or try to prevent more crime and dependancy?

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