New York Times – June 23, 2022 — Psychosis, Addiction, Chronic Vomiting: As Weed Becomes More Potent, Teens Are Getting Sick

Psychosis, Addiction, Chronic Vomiting: As Weed Becomes More Potent, Teens Are Getting Sick

With THC levels close to 100 percent, today’s cannabis products are making some teenagers highly dependent and dangerously ill.

‘Oh well, it’s just weed.’

Laura Stack, who lives in Highlands Ranch, Colo., said that when her son Johnny first confessed to using marijuana at the age of 14, she said to herself, “Oh well, it’s just weed. Thank God it wasn’t cocaine.”

She had used marijuana a couple of times in high school and cautioned him that marijuana would “eat your brains cells.” But at the time she wasn’t overly concerned: “I used it, I’m fine, what’s the big deal?”

“But I had no idea,” she added, referring to how marijuana has changed in recent years. “So many parents like me are completely ignorant.”

Initially, her son did not have any mental health problems and excelled in school. But he eventually started using high potency marijuana products multiple times a day, and this, Ms. Stack said, “made him completely delusional.”

By the time he reached college, he had been through various addiction treatment programs. He had become so paranoid that he thought the mob was after him and his college was a base for the F.B.I., Ms. Stack said. At one point, after he moved out of his childhood home, he threatened to kill the family dog unless his parents gave him money. His mother later discovered that Johnny had obtained his own medical marijuana card when he turned 18 and had begun dealing to younger kids.

After several stays at mental hospitals, the doctors determined that Johnny had a severe case of THC abuse, Ms. Stack said. He was prescribed an anti-psychotic medication, which helped — but then he stopped taking it. In 2019, Johnny died after jumping from a six-story building. He was 19. A few days before his death, Ms. Stack said, Johnny had apologized to her, saying that weed had ruined his mind and his life, adding, “I’m sorry, and I love you.”

A recent study found that people who used marijuana had a greater likelihood of suicidal ideation, plan and attempt than those who did not use the drug at all. Ms. Stack now runs a nonprofit called Johnny’s Ambassadors that educates communities about high-THC cannabis and its effect on the adolescent brain.


The Untold Story with Martha MacCallum – June 9, 2022 – Marijuana And Children, The Hidden Truth
This week, Martha sits down with award-winning keynote speaker, best-selling author, and mother Laura Stack, who lost her son to suicide, after his use of highly potent marijuana. Laura details the hidden dangers of using marijuana, the process the marijuana industry uses to create highly potent marijuana and touches upon the studies that have been done on the effects of marijuana on kids.

The Ingraham Angle – June 6, 2022

Wall Street Journal – June 6, 2022 – Cannabis and the Violent Crime Surge

Rocky Mountain PBS – March 28, 2022 – Mother is ‘desperate’ to warn others about the harms of THC concentrates

Rocky Mountain PBS – March 28, 2022 – November 18, 2021 — Ep. 431 – “The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana” with Laura Stack

KOAA News5 – November 8 2021 — Colorado mother warns about high potency THC – November 8 2021 — Colorado mother warns about high potency THC

PEOPLE MAGAZINE – October 15, 2021 – Mom Loses Son, 19, to Suicide and Warns Others of High-Potency Marijuana Addiction: ‘I’m So Angry’

PEOPLE TV – October 15, 2021 – Mom Loses Son, 19, to Suicide and Warns Others of High-Potency Marijuana Addiction ‘I’m So Angry’

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas – October 14, 2021 – High Potency Marijuana, Cannabis-Induced Psychosis and a Mother’s Nightmare: Interview with Laura Stack

Denver7 News – September 21, 2021 — Walk raises money for Johnny’s Ambassadors

Denver7 News – September 21, 2021 — Johnny’s Ambassadors Stop Dabbing Walk

Mile High Magazine Podcast, August 8, 2021 – Johnny’s Ambassadors

Your Hub/Denver Post – June 30, 2021 — Colorado House Bill Passes to Regulate Marijuana Concentrates with Help from Johnny’s Ambassadors

The Gazette Editorial Board – June 23, 2021 — EDITORIAL: Colorado needs this THC potency bill

Asia Pacific – June 10, 2021 –The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana with Laura Stack

5/27/21 – Colorado Representative Tim Geitner reads Laura Stack’s testimony about Johnny Stack’s marijuana addiction, psychosis, and suicide on the House floor during the passage of HB21-1317 regulating marijuana concentrates. 

Stricter regulations on Colorado THC concentrates could be coming with proposed legislation

Nebraska Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) television ad

Colorado family blames high-potency marijuana for son’s suicide, urges lawmakers to look at impact of dabbing

The Addiction Podcast – Point of No Return – Laura Stack, A Mom against Marijuana

Draft of bill aims to curb underage use of concentrated THC, set potency cap in Colorado

DEA Teen commits suicide after the negative effects of marijuana

9News – Family who lost son to suicide calling on state for THC potency limits
November 26, 2020

The Epoch Times – October 12, 2020

Johnny Stack News Story Channel 9

9NEWS – A Warning About Dabbing

Interview with Founder, Sheryl Lynn

KCTA Interview – Johnnys Ambassadors