Punching cones as easy as ABC for Aussie teens
The United Nations World Drug Report 2012 has found that Australian and New Zealanders consume more marijuana per capita than any other country.
The findings of this report are unsurprising.The proliferation of cannabis among underage Australians is shocking. Marijuana is easier for a 16 year old to acquire than any other illegal substance.
In Australia it is illegal for a person under 18 years to buy alcohol and tobacco. Marijuana unlike alcohol and cigarettes is not regulated, making it more accessible for underage persons. It’s not uncommon to hear of people as young as 14 smoking marijuana.
“There is always a friend of a friend or an older person you can get pot from,” says Annie. The first time Annie smoked pot was in Year 9 she was 15 years old. “We walked up to my friend’s dealer’s house in our school uniforms.”
News.com.au previously reported cannabis is globally the most used illicit substance.
Australian’s are punching above their weight with 9.1 to 14.6 percent of the population using cannabis compared to the world average of 2.6 to 5 per cent.
In Australia there are multiple reasons why marijuana has become the poison of choice for many of our teenagers.
Marijuana can be cheaper to purchase than alcohol or cigarettes. With the introduction of the alcopops tax and the rising cost of cigarettes, five teenagers can buy one “stick” or one gram of marijuana for $20.
This relatively cheap and accessible drug has seen many of Annie’s friends smoke pot. Currently still in high school Annie says that about 25 percent of people in her year smoke pot regularly.
For Annie and her friends they like the impacts weed has on them better than alcohol and other drugs. “Weed is more of a chill out. For me it’s only about getting giggly,” says Annie.
Dealers will either home deliver to kids or meet them in a convenient side street or alley.
Even creating a bong to smoke the marijuana is easy. All it takes is a vitamin water bottle, a bit of hose and a cone piece. Cone pieces are easily purchased from tobacconist’s shops for around $4.
Buying any device which is used for the administration of prohibited drugs by smoking or inhaling is illegal. Yet cone pieces are easily bought in shops or in bulk on eBay.
When questioning Annie she was not even aware that her buying a cone piece was illegal.
“Heaps of my friends have bought cone pieces in their school uniforms,”
“It’s pretty obvious what it’s being used for,” she said.
Teenagers also undertake a hunting ritual known as “hose cutting”. Accompanied with scissors or an army knife they will attack suburban front lawns and steal hose cuttings. “It’s better to get it from a random than your own home.”
Teenagers who smoke Marijuana are doing so most weekends. In Annie’s experience she started smoking every day in the Year 10 holidays.
Annie says that she wasn’t getting back to her normal self the next day. “I couldn’t put my sentences together. I started to freak out and I didn’t do it for a year.”
After the self imposed hiatus she now smokes pot on the weekends. Annie is currently a Year 12 student undertaking her HSC.
“Most of my friend’s parents have no idea what their kids get up to. My parents have no idea. I think it’s a pretty hard thing for parents to pick up on.”
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