Are you tired of hypocrites lying to you, ripping you off, and threatening you to get what they want?
You might feel that way after watching “The Culture High” (on Netflix). It’s about marijuana and big money behind keeping it illegal in deference to law enforcement budgets, private prisons, and pharmaceutical companies. If you’re a teenager, this film is your manifesto! Not because it makes weed fine for everyone, but because it’s about an honest discussion rather than simply doing what you are told to do.
My job ensures weed isn’t part of my life–and that’s fine with me because it makes sense. Neither do I want my kids stoned and experimenting on their developing brains. But most importantly, I don’t want my kids’ lives ruined by going to jail over a relatively harmless judgement error that could have been addressed by giving them some truthful, helpful information. Young people have much more to offer society than becoming funding streams for organizations seeking to exploit them.
Teens are faced with two futures. One leverages their lives to support systems that don’t benefit them. The other we can create by designing our lives. Lives filled with opportunities that allow us to be productive for our own purposes. To pick the second future, we must decide to design our lives rather than simply doing what everyone expects us to do.
I highly recommend The Culture High.
PS: Here is some information teens might want before experimenting on their developing brains. Link to NPR interview with brain researcher Krista Lisdahl (4 minutes).