Johnny Stack was born on February 7, 2000, in Colorado. Johnny was happy, funny, handsome, talented, and extremely intelligent (he had a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT). He loved animals, video games, school, the beach, his friends, and his family. He had a 4.0 GPA (until his last semester of high school) and a scholarship to college.
In other words, he was a perfectly normal boy with a wonderful life and a bright future. And he killed himself when he was 19 years old. In 2014, when he was 14 years old, recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, and suddenly, it was everywhere and easy to get. Johnny thought it would help him with his social anxiety.
He started smoking and later “dabbing” marijuana (a very potent 90% high-THC wax extract), which triggered bizarre episodes of marijuana-induced psychosis, and eventually, full-blown schizophrenia. He suffered from persecutory and delusional thinking (the FBI wanted him for terrorism, the world “knew about him,” the mob had it in for him, we were “in on it,” etc.).
Three days before he died, he told me, “I need to tell you that you were right.” “Right about what?” I asked. “Right about the marijuana and the drugs. You told me weed would hurt my brain, and it’s ruined my mind and my life. I’m sorry, and I love you.” He died by suicide three days later.
Now, Johnny’s mother, Laura, has started a nonprofit 501c3, Johnny’s Ambassadors, Inc. to educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on the developing adolescent mind.
We are working to raise $50K to develop our innovative online teen curriculum to bring to hundreds of thousands of teens around the world. Contributions will be invested in the learning management system, a curriculum designer, and a programmer. Johnny’s Ambassadors seeks to provide this education at no charge to teens all over the world through your partnership. The curriculum will include pre- and post-measures; quizzes to test for understanding; texting simulations; videos with question/response with voice recording; first-hand video testimonials from recovered addicts; small group and partner discussions with other students in class; and parent communication.
To become an Ambassador, please visit www.JohnnysAmbassadors.org.