Ray Lozano - Stoners In School

Stoners In School

The sad truth is many students in America have had a hard time with learning the basic subjects like reading and math. Statistics from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NEAP) found that 66 percent of all 8th graders weren’t proficient in reading, while 67% weren’t proficient in math. It got worse in high school.

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed more and more states and municipalities are decriminalizing marijuana, to the point where smoking weed is becoming normalized and widespread. How do you think that’s affecting students?

Well, it’s no big surprise that kids using weed are more likely to fail in school and/or drop-out. They don’t call it “dope” for nothing.

Research shows that heavy use of marijuana can result in the loss of 8 IQ points. Marijuana messes with students’ abilities to learn and memorize things. It also puts them more at risk for depression. How would you feel if you were a high school teacher trying to teach a class of stoners? Well, in Colorado these days one-in-every-eight high school kids smokes pot. They’re more into zoning out than to paying attention to what their teacher has to say.

Is legalizing marijuana use good for society? Some might say yes, but teachers of middle and high school students will tell you it’s not a good thing. It makes kids dumber, and that’s not cool.