Pop culture or pot culture?

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Pop culture or pot culture?

art by Emma Teson

art by Emma Teson

art by Emma Teson

Holden Foreman, entertainment editor

Drugs suck. They hinder grades, social standing, self-confidence and more for the asking price of your healthy body and plenty of cash. Yet, celebrities seem to portray them as elixirs to life at every chance they get. Maybe this is because America’s “superstars” and “role models” tend to get off a little easy when caught red (or leaf green) handed. I’ve explored the past accidents of some of the country’s most famous personas, and while some police may have a soft spot for stars, it turns out the KHS drug policy would not have been so friendly.

Take popular rapper Snoop Dogg, for instance, who in 1998 received a citation for carrying just under an ounce of marijuana after a Los Angeles concert. Failing to learn his lesson, he was caught once more in 2001, as the Cleveland police found 200 grams on Snoop’s tour bus. The rapper pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana the following year and was fined a mere $250. This seems like chump change considering a KHS student would suffer out of school suspension and a talk with the law for just one of these offenses.

Bill Murray perfectly illustrates how future fame can turn the tables in a drug case. Murray was expelled from Regis College in Denver upon being discovered with nearly 9 pounds of weed at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Despite this 1970 mishap, however, Murray’s former college presented him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in 2007. No doubt, a KHS student would be pushing it to ask for their Gold K after having this much dope on campus.

Then there’s everyone’s favorite sister shadow, Khloe Kardashian, who in March of 2007 was sentenced to 30 days on DUI charges; yet, she served only three hours. On the other hand, a KHS student’s simple possession of alcohol would garner 10 days of out-of-school suspension and a recommendation for up to 180 days or expulsion. As if that wasn’t enough, legal action may be taken against an offending student on top of the school’s punishment.

Finally, Lindsay Lohan exemplifies the total disregard of some stars’ ridiculous actions. Somehow, cocaine possession and DUI sentenced this Mean Girl to a whopping one day in jail, 10 days of community service and three years on probation. Those worried for Lohan’s well-being need not fret, however, as she was released from prison after serving only 84 minutes of her sentence. As with Kardashian, Lohan’s punishment reigned far shorter than what a lowly high schooler would receive for any drug possession.

These four examples cannot begin to portray the disparities between American society’s punishments on drug abuse. If the KHS system shows any merit, it rests in its consistency, but since so many of the school’s punishments rely on a difference to federal policies, even these can vary immensely from student to student. So, the overarching themes here are the following: don’t do drugs, don’t get caught and if you do, be sure to sneak the officer a copy of your fire mixtape.

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