Indiana: Schools Debut Bogus 'Weed Goggles' To Illustrate Reefer Madness
By Steve Elliott
Schools and anti-marijuana groups in Hancock County, Indiana, are debuting "marijuana goggles" at a community event this weekend, in what they call an effort to "fight teen drug use."
"The goggles allow the teens to see through the eyes of someone who has been smoking, without ever lighting up themselves," reports Jessica Smith at WISH TV.
"It's a huge problem in our community, underage drinking and use of substances," said wide-eyed Blair Viehweg, a Mount Vernon senior. "A lot of friends and teammates I've had have gotten caught and I just think it would make our community a better place if we eliminated it."
The teens on the Hancock County Youth Council -- a group of teens from four different high schools, with the goal of keeping other young people from drinking or doing drugs -- tried the goggles for themselves, "so they could use them to warn other students."
"It just blows my mind," Viehweg said. "It's definitely crazy to think it can do something like that to you." Yeah, Blair... it definitely IS crazy to believe that.
The students, while wearing the "marijuana goggles," took part in a simulated driving exercise. The goggles unexplainably take away the ability to see the color red, which of course makes seeing brake lights and stop lights harder.
Exactly why "marijuana goggles" would do that wasn't explained. I mean, I've smoked weed almost every day since 1977, and I can still see red just as clearly as hell.
“It’s very important to realize that these might not be the exact results, but these are very close to exactly what some people in our community our going out and driving in,” claimed New Palestine Senior Keelie Baker.
Mm-hm. Keelie said that. "Very close to exactly."
We have Tim Rutherford, with Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse (NASA... no, the other NASA) to thank for this foolishness; he got the goggles for the council to use. NASA oversaw the creation of the Hancock County Underage Drinking Task Force.
“Anytime you can do an activity — something that’s interactive with them, or something that provides education, that’s great," Rutherford claimed. "These actually simulate the loss of some of your cognitive functions.”
“I think it kind of scares them," Viehweg offered. "Especially younger kids. High schoolers, they kind of look past it, but with the younger kids they see what horrible things can happen. I think it impacts them a lot because they can see how real it is.” So to recap, these pretend "marijuana goggles" which do stuff marijuana doesn't do are "real," apparently.
A company called "Fatal Vision" makes questionable claims on their website, reports Justin Gardner at AlterNet. The "marijuana goggle" kits sell from $975 (mm-hm) for the "Program Kit" to a whopping $2,200 for the "Campaign Kit," which presumably simulate being REALLY, REALLY stoned.... hell, you might not even be able to see green, either, with these things on. (There's a sucker born every minute, folks.)
The company claims their product “…simulates the distortion of visual information and altered visual perception, loss of motor coordination, and reaction time that results from recreational marijuana use.”
NASA will use the goggles and their so-called "marijuana simulation experience" for the first time at a community event this weekend.