Denver Group launches a strange educational and television campaign about cannabis for teens
Denver, Colorado, launches a new initiative, an educational (and prevention) campaign on cannabis for teenagers. Some are worried about the "Weeded Out" line of demarcation between the spread of information and the spread of fear ...
"Weeded Out" television prevention program
The program is part of the City of Denver Cannabis Policy Department. Presented in the form of a dynamic quiz, the program aims to give young people information on a range of cannabis issues. The new TV show is called "Weeded Out." And the premise is simple .... The facilitator asks a lot of questions about marijuana. And teenagers try to answer it. If you make a mistake, you are "eliminated" .... Here a video shows you the intensity (see the ridiculous) of the show ...
In the end, the show eliminates enough competitors to arrive at about nine final competitors. At the end of the game, the program covered a wide range of information. In particular, the show focuses on the potential health impacts of cannabis use ... But it also "sheds light" on cannabis policy and a few other related topics. The program would be funded by marijuana sales taxes.
Last year, Denver alone saw close to 45 million in cannabis taxes. So far, the city would have spent a little more 3,5 million for the launch and operation of the new educational program for adolescents.
Educate the young?
At first glance, the new program aims to give young people the information they need to help them make informed decisions about cannabis use. In fact, the Colorado cannabis legal framework has always allocated a portion of tax revenues to fund this type of educational program.
It's interesting to note that cannabis use among teens has declined in recent years ... According to the city of Denver, the number of children who say they have been eating grass in the last 30 days has gone from 26% to 21% in the last two years. Similar trends have been observed in other states where weed legislation is in place.
In particular, some are concerned that this and other similar programs give young people a biased view of cannabis. Many of these programs tend to place a strong emphasis on the potential risks of cannabis. At the same time, they often provide very little information about the potential benefits of cannabis for health
According to CBS This Morning, some teenagers in Denver are already starting to question what kind of information they get from the city's new program. For example, a teenager told the media:
"There are obviously medical benefits to [cannabis], otherwise it would not be legal". After hearing the information provided by the program, the student described the game show as "poorly balanced".
Some wonder if these programs do not inadvertently cross the line between youth education and the spread of exaggerated fears ...