So I was calmly surfing the internet this afternoon, on a site I frequent from time to time, when I was hit with an ad on the side of the page that simply had a picture of a joint, and the words “Yes” and “No” written next to it. In fear of being called a square by the internets, I succumbed to online peer pressure and clicked yes. It then brought me to this website. Now I’m no scientomologist (although I play one on the internet), but some of these “facts” seem a little questionable to me. This is, after all, Brooklyn Skeptic. Reader, I am skeptical.
For example, fact #3 claims that marijuana smokers are four times more likely to get D’s in class. Really? Four times more likely to get D’s? Not five times more likely to get F’s? I don’t think anyone is arguing that smoking weed is going to make you a genius (except maybe Willy Nelson). However I feel that if you were assigned a paper on marijuana for a science class, and used said piece of data, your teacher would most likely give you a D. And you’d deserve it, you fucking pothead.
Anti-marijuana advertising has always been pretty piss-poor, from movies like Reefer Madness to Rachel Leigh Cook going schizo on an egg. My personal favorite was the one where a kid forgets his grandmother’s birthday “because he was stoned.” There are also those that show kids getting into car accidents because they’re stoned, which would be a lot easier to support if they weren’t shown back to back with Busweiser commercials where a bunch of dudes are drinking shitloads of beer, most likely at sporting events far from any form of public transportation.
These ads, to their credit, are not giving anyone any false information. I’m sure that a kid has missed his or her grandma’s birthday because he or she was stoned. I’m sure that people under the influence of marijuana have gotten in car accidents. And I’m sure that Rachel Leigh Cook has destroyed many, many eggs. But to pull false facts out of your ass just to scare people into not doing a drug? That, my friends, is propaganda.
Thank god sniffing glue is still good for me.