Denver, Colorado, is rolling out a brand new hashish instructional initiative aimed at teenagers. The program is a part of the town’s marijuana coverage division. Packaged in an upbeat gameshow format, this system claims to provide younger individuals info on a variety of various points associated to hashish.
“Weeded Out” Game Show
The new gameshow-style program known as “Weeded Out.” And the premise is straightforward.
The host asks a bunch of questions on marijuana. And teenagers attempt to reply them. If you get the query mistaken, you’re “weeded out.”
And in the event you get it proper you get to advance to the subsequent spherical. Eventually, the present weeds out sufficient contestants to reach at 9 or so remaining contestants.
From there, the present strikes right into a Jeopardy-style quiz present. Kids stand behind podiums and reply questions on marijuana.
By the top of the sport, this system has coated a variety of data. In specific, the present focuses on potential well being implications of hashish consumption, marijuana coverage, and some different associated subjects.
According to CBS This Morning, the present is being performed out for teenagers all through the town of Denver. The program is reportedly being funded by marijuana gross sales taxes.
Last yr, Denver alone raked in virtually $45 million in hashish taxes. So far, the town has reportedly spent a bit of greater than $three.5 million to launch and function the brand new teen instructional program.
Educating the Youth?
On its floor, the brand new program is about giving younger individuals the knowledge they should assist information their selections about consuming hashish. In reality, Colorado’s authorized hashish framework has all the time allotted a portion of tax revenues to fund a lot of these instructional packages.
Interestingly, teen consumption of hashish has dropped in recent times following legalization. According to the town of Denver, the variety of youngsters who say they’ve consumed weed within the final 30-days dropped from 26 % to 21 % during the last couple of years. Similar developments have been present in different weed-legal states.
These tendencies appear to dispute the widespread worry of weed opponents that legalization will catalyze extra use amongst younger individuals.
And whereas packages like Denver’s “Weeded Out” recreation appear to be contributing to those drops in teen consumption, some are additionally elevating questions. In specific, some are involved that this and different comparable packages are give younger individuals a skewed view of hashish.
For instance, many of those packages are likely to focus closely on the potential dangers of hashish. At the identical time, they typically present little or no on the potential well being advantages of hashish.
According to CBS This Morning, some teenagers in Denver are already starting to query the kind of info they’re getting from the town’s new program.
For instance, one teen advised the media outlet: “There’s obviously medical benefits to [cannabis], otherwise it wouldn’t be legal.” After listening to the knowledge offered by this system, the scholar referred to as the sport present “not properly balanced.”
On the entire, many see these packages as serving to younger individuals make sensible selections about weed. At the identical time, many are involved. In specific, some marvel if these packages inadvertently cross the road between educating younger individuals and spreading exaggerated fears.