Students have mixed opinions on marijuana

By Seattle Valdivia - Staff Reporter



Many Highline students say they have tried marijuana, also called weed, pot, grass, gan- ja and a vast number of other slang terms.

"I smoke weed of course," said a student who didn't want to give his name. "I found it in- teresting and it actually makes me sleep, so it's relaxing."

"I just have smoked it and it was actually good," Williams Castolo said.

"I've tried it on two occa- sions, just to try it out and I actually liked it," said a student who didn't want to give his name. "But I've only smoked weed twice."

Some students like it, but do they actually know the impacts of using it?

Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, re- search has shown that marijua- na's effects on attention, mem- ory, and learning can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off, de- pending on the person's history with the drug.

Consequently, someone who smokes marijuana daily may be functioning at a reduced in- tellectual level most or all the time. Evidence suggests that students who smoke marijuana have poorer educational out- comes than their nonsmoking peers.

They also had a much high- er chance of developing depen- dence, using other drugs, and attempting suicide.

Some students said they've smoked weed, but that they didn't like it, and will never try it again.
"I just have smoked it, I've nev-

er ate edibles," Williams Castolo said. "I don't want to use it again. I was just being stupid at that time. I know it is pretty addictive unless you realize it."

"I have smoked weed and ate cookies," another student said. "Is just not for me. Also I don't like the smell of it."

Students at Highline not only have smoked it, but consumed it in different ways.

"I have consumed it in edibles [brownies]," Allison Chancellor said.

"I did try edibles once, it was a gummy," Angela Justmann said. "But I've never smoked it."

"I did edibles and then I did the wax too, you know with the pen, and then I drink it, you know with the syrup," said a student who didn't want to give his name. "It's easy to get it, and now it's easier that it's legal."

A national study by University of Michigan shows that marijuana use among US college students and noncollege youth is on the rise. Thirty-Eight percent of full- time college students aged 19 to 22 years old said they used marijuana at least once time at day.

That means that most students actually don't partake.

Several students say they'll wait to be an adult to try it.

"I've never tried it, but I'll try it in the future when I turn 21," Madeline Aguirre said.

"No, I have never try it," Chiaki said. "I will maybe try it in the fu- ture. I think it's interesting. I want to know how it feels."
"I've never touched it. I'm un-

derage, my mom is gonna beat me up if I try it," Pablo Sanchez said. "When I grow up maybe yes, I will try it."

"I've never consumed drugs. I'll try it maybe when I'm older, not right now," Jason Smith said. "I just want to try it, it's what the cool kids do."

"I will try it maybe, when I'm just old enough," Maria Gomez said. "I just want it to be a one- time experience."

"Maybe I will try it, once I'm over age," Jose Garcia said.
"Yes I will try it, because it's le- gal," one student said. "If it's legal it's not like I can get arrested for it." Other students say they don't

want to try it even if it's legal.
"I've never smoked marijuana, not even tobacco," Ethel Kennedy said. "I'm not into the smell of it. I know people who have and they say it's OK, but I just don't like the

smell of it."
"Absolutely not, I haven't be-

cause it's bad for you," Alan Go- mez said. "I don't want to try it, not even if it's legal."

'I've never tried it before. It's just not my personal preference," Kiel Walker said. "I'm in Running Start. It's just not really are my main focus."

"I've never thought about it and never will. Even if it's legal I still think that is not beneficial for me," Calvin Tagavilla said. "I know marijuana is pretty addictive. I thought that might maybe affect me financially. I don't like the idea of spending my income on drugs."

"Never tried it, never touched it," H. Cantwell said. "Weed is not good for your health."

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