Two stoned teenagers called got lost in the Canadian wilderness and had to call police, who later found the pair sitting silently and staring at the sky.
The incident happened in Barrie, Ontario, this week. The two 19-year-olds reportedly took an illicit drug in a wooded area known as “Lackie’s Bush,” but got so stoned that they couldn’t find their way back out of the bush.
It took quite a search effort from Barrie police and EMS, who showed up with dogs to search the forest for the stoned teenagers.
But even when police found the teens — who rescuers said were “silently staring off into the sky” — there was still work to be done. Police said the pair were so stoned that it took several attempts to talk to them.
News outlets trying to warn kids away from using drugs have been warning about the exact factors in this case — impaired memory and judgment, decreased cognitive abilities.
The incident even seems to follow along with the warnings Teen Vogue leveled against pot smokers.
“Sure, you’ve heard that getting high can increase your appetite (and who needs more help polishing off a bag of chips?), but it can also have seriously scary effects on young brains. THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, may interfere with a process called pruning that happens in your teens and early twenties—a crucial time of development when experts say the brain is most vulnerable. If you’re smoking pot, the process can be disrupted, and your brain may not form in the optimal way, meaning you’re setting yourself up for decreased cognitive function and impaired memory.”
And this is not the first time that someone has called the police because they were simply too high to function. In 2006, a police officer from Detroit named Edward Sanchez called 911 after he made pot brownies from some confiscated marijuana and thought he was dying.
The call was released to the public, showing Sanchez utterly freaking out.
“I think we’re dying,” he said. “We made brownies and I think we’re dead, I really do.”
The incident wasn’t so funny to the police leadership and local elected officials.
“If you’re a cop and you’re arresting people and you’re confiscating the marijuana and keeping it yourself, that’s bad. That’s real bad,” City Councilman Doug Thomas told the Detroit Free Press.
Sanchez later resigned.
The stoned teenagers who got lost in the Canadian wilderness were taken to a hospital for observation, then released. Police said the pair won’t face charges.
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