Be smart and use moderation

By Thunderworld Staff

Last week several students admitted they have come to class high.

That's a shame because it means they're robbing themselves of knowledge.

No matter what someone might think, marijuana does not help you think.  It doesn't make you smarter, or help you pay attention better.

Marijuana being used for medical purposes can make a big improvement in the lives of some people, and daily use can positively impact their lives.  

But if you're using marijuana on a regular basis for the high, marijuana is likely having a negative effect on your brain.

Studies have found that people who use marijuana daily might be reducing their intellectual level.

"Considerable evidence suggests that students who smoke marijuana have poorer educational outcomes than their nonsmoking peers," according to "For example, a review of 48 relevant studies found marijuana use to be associated with reduced educational attainment (i.e., reduced chances of graduating)."

Most of the students attending Highline probably plan on graduating, but the statistics are against heavy pot smokers.

If the heavy pot smokers do make it through college and enter the workforce, but most employers won't tolerate their employees coming to work high. 

Many employers also require drug tests, and even though marijuana is legal for recreational use by state law, it is still illegal federally. Your employer might not be so cool with it.

It is a common practice for Hollywood to make drinking at work seem commonplace.  If everyone believed everything they saw on television and the big screen we would all need new livers.

Now that marijuana is the new kid on the block for legal recreational intoxication in our state, it makes sense that some people would put it in alcohol's place.

The Hollywood version of the world is not real.

We're in college, this isn't high school anymore, so we should act like grownups. Even Running Start students are college students.

Pot is an intoxicant; it impairs your ability to function properly and to think clearly.

There is a reason why it is illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana.  Marijuana makes your reaction time slower and impairs your judgment.

So, if it is illegal to drive under the influence, then learning under the influence probably isn't smart either.

Beyond coming to class high, some students also admitted to using marijuana on campus.  

While marijuana has been legalized for recreational use, it is not legal to use in public.

It is becoming more and more common to walk down the street and smell the aroma of freshly burned grass, but that person puffing on that joint is breaking the law.

Just like those guys you see walking around the streets of Seattle with brown paper bags rapped around their beers – yep, they're breaking the law too.

If you receive federal financial aid you could lose it if you are charged with a drug offense while receiving aid.  

Students who want to keep their financial aid, and to have a better shot at  graduation -- be smart and use marijuana in moderation, and never in public.

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