Two groups out of Hancock County in Indiana are utilizing marijuana goggles as a new method to warn teens about the effects of marijuana.
Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse (NASA) allowed the Hancock County Youth Council, an anti-drug organization comprised of teens from several area high schools, to use the goggles first before introducing them at a community event scheduled for this weekend.
Tim Retherford of NASA said “Anytime you can do an activity — something that’s interactive with them, or something that provides education, that’s great. These actually simulate the loss of some of your cognitive functions.”
According to WNCN’s report, the teens are seen wearing goggles bearing the brand name “Fatal Vision” on the headband.
The Fatal Vision marijuana goggles are described as “a hands-on awareness building tool that simulates the distorted processing of visual information, loss of motor coordination, and slowed decision making and reaction time resulting from recreational marijuana use.”
Fatal Vision marijuana goggles were developed by Innocorp Ltd., a company that manufactures several simulated impairment products to mimic the effects of alcohol and other drugs. The marijuana goggle packages start at $975. The most expensive set, priced at $2,200, includes a “D.I.E.S” (Danger In Every Step) vinyl mat “that demonstrates impairment of reaction time, motor skills, memory, decision making abilities and shows potential consequences associated with driving or walking under the influence of recreational marijuana.”
WNCN reported that one of the effects of the goggles is taking away “the ability to see the color red, which makes tasks like seeing brake lights harder.” Fatal Vision’s goggles also have a green lens that “acts as a filter that screens out potentially important information needed to make a decision in the specifically designed activities.”
The teens were tasked with completing a paper maze. Without wearing the goggles, the teens completed the maze within 12 seconds; the goggles reportedly made the wearers take about four times longer to finish the maze. WNCN’s video also showed teens with the goggles on using a steering wheel attached to a pole attempting to move a toy car around on a floor map.
“These might not be the exact results, but these are very close to exactly what some people in our community are going out and driving in,” said New Palestine High School senior Keelie Baker.
Matt Simon, Legislative Analyst and New England Political Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said that “Whoever invented ‘marijuana goggles’ has apparently never consumed cannabis, or is simply a brilliant marketer.”
Simon cautioned that an unintended consequence may be that “kids who try ‘Fatal Vision’ goggles will be more likely to try cannabis so they can find out for themselves if the effects are actually similar to the goggles.” Simon also noted that “it’s ridiculous for [Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse] to go by the acronym ‘NASA.’ Really, I think that one is already taken.”