Government-Funded Wash. U. Study Claims Twitter Could Make Kids Smoke Marijuana

If they tweet, will your kids smoke?
Washington University researchers spent eight months analyzing tweets about marijuana use and came to the conclusion that young people might be influenced by pictures of Spongebob Squarepants smoking weed.

In the study, which was paid for by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg led a three-person research team that analyzed thousands of tweets from @stillblazingtho, a popular Twitter account that mostly posts humorous memes about getting high. The account was chosen because it has more than 1 million followers, including pop star Rihanna.

And like Rihanna, the Wash. U. researchers say that many of @stillblazingtho's followers are young, which means its pro-marijuana messages are being inhaled by impressionable minds.

The study claims that 73 percent of the @stillblazingtho's followers are under the age of nineteen (and are supposedly real people). Researchers came to this conclusion by taking a random sample of 50,000 followers and then did this:

" signals were filtered and amplified using large proprietary knowledge bases of established correlations between data points and demographic characteristics. The multiple amplified signals were combined using a series of algorithms to estimate or infer the likely demographic characteristics."

"The [followers] are mostly youth and young adults and that's a very risky age," says Cavazos-Rehg. "That's when substance use initiation tends to occur. That's when people are the most impressionable. That's when substance use behavior turns to addiction."

See also: Sen. McCaskill: If Pot is Legal "Kids Will Get Handed Joints Like They Get Handed Beers"

Cavazos-Rehg did the study in an attempt to get a better understanding of why more than 50 percent of Americans favor legalization, 60 percent of high school seniors don't believe marijuana is harmful, and more people consider it safe to use for medicinal purposes.

"As people are becoming more accepting of marijuana use and two states have legalized the drug for recreational use, it is important to remember that it remains a dangerous drug of abuse," she says. "I've been studying what is influencing attitudes to change dramatically and where people may be getting messages about marijuana that are leading them to believe the drug is not hazardous."

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Justin Smith
Justin Smith

Spend your money and better things you f****** idiots

Lin Staum
Lin Staum

When did Twitter grow arms and hold joints into kids' mouths?

Shannon Nicole
Shannon Nicole

Um... then so could mtv, the news, facebook, the rft... oh geez.


Let's face it..alcohol addiction is a big business!

Who gets rich off of alcohol abuse?

1) The corporations who make beer/liquor/wine/etc

2) Lawyers  (thanks to DUIs and other alcohol-induced stupidity)

3) Automotive Industry (wrecked cars = $$$ for new ones, repairs, etc)

4) Pharma industry (pushing anti-alcohol pills)

5) Doctors/Hospitals - people hurting themselves while drunk, liver diseases, increased cancers, unplanned pregnancies)

6) Casino's/Strip-clubs/Las Vegas

7) The Rehab industry

The forces that be don't want a safe intoxicant like marijuana to become popular.  One that anyone can grow themselves and not have to purchase.  One that makes people happy and relaxed and doesn't lead to life-destroying addiction or stupid decisions.  


the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana, changed the world....hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women's don't deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL...

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever


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