Free drug tests hit town on 420 eve

Nothing ruins a good party like a thorough drug testing.

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Parents wishing to throw water on Friday’s 420 festivities may wish to seek out the offices of Rural/Metro ambulance services in Roswell.

Rural/Metro, along with anti-drug website notMYkid.org and drug testing company First Check, is handing out testing kits today at 250 Hembree Park Drive in Roswell. The First Check kits test for 12 drugs (seven illicit and five prescription), not just marijuana.

In my hood, 420 means a delicious ale crafted locally by the beer mages at Sweetwater Brewing. But, as any Phish fan will tell you, 420, aka April 20 (and/or 4:20 p.m.) has long been not-so secret code for smoking marijuana.

April 20 has more recently become the day NORML and other organizations have publicized their push to decriminalize marijuana use in the U.S.

A press release advertising the event, which ends at 5 p.m. Thursday (but will resume Friday at 7 a.m. if 650 drug tests don’t go up in smoke), says “notMYkid has found utilizing a drug test in the home helps kids avoid peer pressure situations by empowering them to say, ‘I can’t, my parents might drug test me.’”

That may be true, but I like to think I’d be able to tell if my kid was smoking weed without a kit. Tell-tale signs — an appreciation of better music, the presence of tie-dyed clothing, peace signs or dancing bears — is Gratefully, a Dead giveaway.

43 comments Add your comment

oreary?

April 19th, 2012
11:39 am

haha great article. and first!

FM Fats

April 19th, 2012
11:39 am

What did one Grateful Dead fan say to the other Grateful Dead fan after they ran out of weed?
“Dude, what’s this s***ty music?”

KernelForbin

April 19th, 2012
11:43 am

Extremely poor writing. All of it could have been done without the terrible stereotypical references.

bigdawg88

April 19th, 2012
11:44 am

Wow, I never did any of those things in my 420 days. Unless by appreciation of better music you meant “Cypress Hill” or “The Chronic” album.

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bigdawg88

April 19th, 2012
11:45 am

@FM Fats – Now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are!!

Aquagirl

April 19th, 2012
11:47 am

Extremely poor writing. All of it could have been done without the terrible stereotypical references

Somebody needs to smoke a phattie and relax.

Uncle Ruckus

April 19th, 2012
12:08 pm

Hey George, “pass the dutchie on the left hand side”

LawDawg

April 19th, 2012
12:09 pm

If you feel the need to drug test your kid, you have already failed as a parent. Most people have smoked weed at some point in their life and almost none of those people do not end up becoming drug addicts (statistically speaking).

The real gateway drug is being such a strict parent that you force your kids to rebel with real drugs.

Greg

April 19th, 2012
12:09 pm

I love anti-drug groups best argument against marijuana deriminalization, “but teens will have more access to it.” That argument in it of itself is passively admitting it should be legal for adults. The only thing the status quo protectors have going for them is the stigma of “drugs.”

Bravesfan79

April 19th, 2012
12:19 pm

Like i told my little brother when he was younger, if you can just smoke a joint and drink and be satisfied… your good! Its ciggs, coke, meth, pills… etc.. that are whats really addictive and will kill you/ ruin your life!

Bravesfan79

April 19th, 2012
12:21 pm

And Mr Mathis arent you black… what do you know about dancing bears!? lol i like the article tho.

Wiz Quiz

April 19th, 2012
12:26 pm

Remember kids:

D.A.R.E.

Drugs Are Really Excellent

Jerry Garcia

April 19th, 2012
12:28 pm

See all you Deadheads tonight at the 2nd annual Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies tonight for a screening of the great 7/18/89 concert from Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. Bring your phatties!

Nina

April 19th, 2012
12:29 pm

Concerned

April 19th, 2012
12:43 pm

Well, since almost every comment on here has been an attempt at humor and almost none in opposition of marijuana usage, I will throw my comment in that I firmly support the continuation of marijuana being deemed an illegal drug. Being around teens/young adults who use marijuana it is evident in their actions/behaviors that they are users. It does impact their relationships, education, and their lives. Say what you want, but if you try to shoot me down, remember, I’m not the one with my head in the clouds. Reality is commonplace with me.

Big Pharma

April 19th, 2012
12:51 pm

Concerned you are so right. Kinda like cigarettes, alcohol, saturated fat, smog, prescription drugs and several other “legal” substances already do? Thanks for “keeping it real.”

RoadDawg

April 19th, 2012
12:52 pm

@Concerned – I’ve personally smoked pot from age 16 to current (I’m 30). I graduated from UGA w/ honors, I have a job paying me six figures, I never moved on to ‘real’ drugs, and I drink quite a bit less alcohol than my non-smoker friends.

“Reality is commonplace” w/ me too, and in MY reality, the prohibition of marijuana is nothing more than a vestige of the racial past of our country, and a way to keep gov’t workers and prison guards employed. Go watch ‘Reefer Madness’ and barricade yourself inside your house where you feel safe, you judgmental, Puritanical @$$hat.

EW

April 19th, 2012
12:52 pm

^^^^^ BUZZKILL ALERT

urban redneck

April 19th, 2012
1:00 pm

i never thought i’d see a bunch of 12 year olds rushing to find clean urine…………

pills are the worst drug for this generation. easy access until parents figure out to lock the medicine cabinet.

SpottieOttieDopaliscious

April 19th, 2012
1:04 pm

Damn! Big Pharma and RoadDawg just went in on Concerned! I mean those two just lit Concerned up! Best part about what they said…its all true. Happy 420 Everyone!

Matt

April 19th, 2012
1:07 pm

I don’t see too many stoners nowadays with tie-dye, peace signs, or dancing bears. Try being a little less prejudicial.

Smokey

April 19th, 2012
1:07 pm

@concerned….I myself have been smoking pot since I was 19 years old….I am now on the eve of my 53rd birthday, next month. I graduated from college. Got a job, got married, had kids. I’ve been at my current job for 20 years.

No one has ever died from marijuana. No one has ever gotten cancer from marijuana. Marijuana is natural, grows in the ground, not man made, like meth, coke, etc.

It kills me that this is illegal, but alcohol is legal. Just recently a young lady killed an Atlanta police officer on I85 after an evening of drinking in bars downtown.

Marijuana is not addicting. You CANNOT get addicted to pot…….

Go back and drink more of the government’s koolaide…..OR learn for yourself. Don’t listen to the government’s propaganda. You have NO idea what you are talking about. Education is KEY
Pot does not make you want to go rob a liquor store to get more money for more pot.

Aquagirl

April 19th, 2012
1:13 pm

Happy 420 Everyone!

….except for “Concerned” who is just absolutely sure that kid over there took one toke and hit the highway to hell. I’m sure it’s not alcohol, mommy and daddy’s fights, or living with Grandma since the family lost the house. No, it’s DEMON WEEEEEEED!

Anti christian watcher

April 19th, 2012
1:14 pm

Adolf Hitler Birthday is 4-20 and the Big Brother knows this . Just another reason to hate him his birthday.

denial

April 19th, 2012
1:17 pm

I smoked pot for years. Anyone that thinks it is harmless is in denial. Sure, there are plenty of successful people that smoke. Regardless, it has a way of robbing ones motivation and becoming the focus in someone’s life. How many dope smokers do you know that exercise alot or that really do alot in their life besides work, smoke and party, and then do it again? In the beginning people smoke while they are doing something. Later they just say they will do something but just smoke instead. It is not a positive influence on life. Deny away, but it is true – it DOES affect educations, relationships, and lives.

GaPeach

April 19th, 2012
1:26 pm

As the parents of 5 teens in our blended family, if smoking weed is the worst thing we have to deal with, my hubby and I will be grateful and happy!

Smokey

April 19th, 2012
1:34 pm

@Denial – I exercise daily. I walk AT LEAST 2 miles a day with my dogs. I’m very active in my neighborhood, and community. I play tennis 4 times a week. I eat healthy too.

I work in a professional environment. I do not, nor have I ever, smoked at work, or before work. I smoke when I’m at home, in the comfort of MY HOME.

You would be surprised how many of your neighbors and friends actually smoke weed.

Makisupa Policeman

April 19th, 2012
1:51 pm

Mitch

April 19th, 2012
2:02 pm

I used to smoke cannabis. I still do, but I used to, too.

Dr. Teeth

April 19th, 2012
2:02 pm

Drugs are bad. Kids shouldn’t do drugs. Unless they are Paxil, Prozac, Celebrex, Ritalin, Adderal, or other “medications” that you get from a doctor. Those are the good kind of drugs for kids.

ATLJacket

April 19th, 2012
2:04 pm

@Denial – I’ve smoked since I was 18 (33 now). I woke up, went to the gym, ran a 5K on the treadmill (little chilly this morning) and then lifted weights. I do this 4 days a week, I graduated from Georgia Tech and have had the same job for years now. To each their own, but don’t tell me how it ruins my life or motivation. See everyone at the 420 fest in Candler Park this weekend or maybe Leftover Salmon on Friday!

CA$H Money

April 19th, 2012
2:11 pm

I am all for legalizing, then use prison labor to farm and sell at gov’t run dispensaries. Tax at 100% of value. Anyone caught with bootleg weed loses the right to purchase legally forever, no exceptions.

LightSkinBruh

April 19th, 2012
2:35 pm

Because of this day, two of my baby brothers are in prison for the rest of their life all because they decided they wanted to celebrate 420 by selling weed a few days before this day. The drug deal went bad and my brothers ended up murdering 1 dude and put someone else in a wheel chair for the rest of their life. Becase of their bad choices in wanting to participate in this day, they will now sit in prison for the rest of their lives. Do they deserve it? YES because they killed someone. However, I sure wish this day DIDNT exist…..needless to say, Im totally against 420 day. P.S. My brothers were only 18 and 24 at the time, dude they murdered was only 30 days into his 21st birthday. Sad day all the way around.

Dave

April 19th, 2012
2:52 pm

Dave’s not here man…………

Mike

April 19th, 2012
2:57 pm

Kids being normal teenagers and having fun with their friends? Not MY kids!

That Dude...

April 19th, 2012
2:58 pm

LighSkinBruh…. Don’t blame 420 for your IDIOT brothers. They MURDERED someone fool. What losers. I’m so sure if they murdered someone it wasn’t there 1st drug deal.

seen it

April 19th, 2012
3:00 pm

if you’re going to be stereotypical, Deadhead equates with psychedelics.

Smokey the Bandit

April 19th, 2012
3:06 pm

I am 27 now and have been smoking pretty much on a daily basis since I was 16. I graduated from UGA and have a great job making a 6 figure income. I work out 4 days a week and play golf 1-2 days a week. I am a big fan of legalizing weed, but I do think it has its drawbacks.

While there is no recorded physical addiction to marijuana, there is definitely a mental addiction. It is very hard for me not to smoke when I get home from work/gym. The only thing that I want to do when I smoke is sit on the couch, zone out, and watch tv. This doesn’t really help the relationship with my fiance from a conversation standpoint. Although I do very well at my job, I feel that I would do even better if I didn’t smoke so much. I might not sit around looking at AJC and other sites so much and might get a little more work done. All in all…….i love the reefer

Veruca Salt

April 19th, 2012
3:08 pm

Too bad they don’t test for research chemicals…the real problem drugs.

dont trip

April 19th, 2012
3:30 pm

Why would you try to scare your kids to not do drugs instead of letting them make a decision on their own…..blaze it 420 and stay in the east coast and don’t even think of coming over here to the west

D.E.A.

April 19th, 2012
3:40 pm

Arrests begin in 5 minutes! All of you hippy 420 dudes and dudettes have been tracked via our super computer monitoring system authorized under the Patriot Act and will soon hear a knock at your door (paranoid yet?). Time to start flushing or even better, just send all your illicit drugs and paraphanelia to me, Sargeant Stadanko at the ATL DEA office.

Happy 420 Day…twist, puff and blow!

Canna being

April 20th, 2012
3:54 am

an appreciation of better music, the presence of tie-dyed clothing, peace signs or dancing bears — is Gratefully, a Dead giveaway.

Yea that’s very bad behavior lol. Better watch out!

LightSkinBruh

April 20th, 2012
4:41 pm

@ That Dude…

It was their first drug deal.
Court documents are clear that the drug deal was specifically for 420 day.
If my brothers are LOOSERS as you put it, then everyone else who buys in to this day are loosers too. People will do anything to make a buck off of someone including take someones life.