Government-Funded Wash. U. Study Claims Twitter Could Make Kids Smoke Marijuana
The study says that @stillblazingtho's tweets are mostly humorous, which likely contributes to the increasingly positive perception marijuana has (although Cheech and Chong probably deserve some credit, too). But not all of the popular account's tweets are just funny memes; a few have a political bent:
The fucked up world we live in pic.twitter.com/5NWQ7wfmCz— Weed Tweets ™ (@stillblazingtho) June 1, 2014
And there are some about romance, too:
Now that's love pic.twitter.com/v8iEzcQzzP— Weed Tweets ™ (@stillblazingtho) June 15, 2014
Despite Cavazos-Rehg's concerns that @stillblazingtho has influence over young people, she admits that the study can't make an indefinite conclusion that memes of Woody from Toy Story lying in a bed of buds is causing young people to light up -- but she's pretty sure it does.
When you get back from your dealer pic.twitter.com/XXBOY3XIGz— Weed Tweets ™ (@stillblazingtho) May 15, 2014
"With the study we can't say that the media messages then led to marijuana use behaviors," says Cavazos-Rehg. "But if we look at the studies that have been done that examined traditional media outlets like television, radio, billboards, magazines, there have been longitudinal studies that have shown that media messages are influential on substance use behaviors and attitudes."
According to McClatchy, federal grants to study marijuana have risen in recent years, with most of it going towards so-called "anti-marijuana" research.
Daily RFT reached out to Wash. U. to find out how much was spent on the study. We'll update when we hear back.
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