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:

See also: Meet Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri's Only Inmate Sentenced to Death in Prison for Pot

And there are some about romance, too:

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.

"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.


See also: St. Louisan Owns Marijuana Dispensary in Colorado and Hopes Missouri Legalizes, Too

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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.

labelbro
labelbro

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.  

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

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 rights...you 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 practice...no 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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