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CBN NewsWatch: April 16, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, April 16: Ukraine: Russia exporting oil, gas and 'terrorism,' Huge Al Qaeda meeting puts Intel community on alert, Bomb hoax disrupts Boston marathon ceremony, and more. Read Transcript


George: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," A COUNTRY ON

THE BRINK OF CIVIL WAR.

MORE ON WHAT'S BEING DONE TO

STOP PRO-RUSSIAN PROTESTS IN

UKRAINE.

PLUS, al-QAEDA ON THE

MOVE?

OUR TERRORISM ANALYST LOOKS

AT THE LATEST THREATS FROM

THE EXTREMIST GROUP.

AND WHY SOME SAY NEW REVENUE

FROM MARIJUANA SALES ISN'T

WORTH THE MONEY.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

AND GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

IS UKRAINE SLIPPING CLOSER

TO CIVIL WAR?

GOVERNMENT TROOPS ARE

MASSING OUTSIDE OF THE

EASTERN TOWN OF SLAVANSK.

MEANWHILE, RUSSIA IS RAMPING

UP ITS OWN THREATS OF

INTERVENTION.

CAITLIN BURKE REPORTS.

Reporter: CONFUSION AND

CHAOS IN EASTERN UKRAINE.

PRO-RUSSIAN MILITANTS SEIZED

SIX ARMOURED VEHICLES,

PARADING THEM THROUGH A TOWN

CONTROLLED BY THE

INSURGENTS.

IT IS UNCLEAR IF THE

GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS DRIVING

THE VEHICLES HAD DEFECTED OR

IF THEY WERE CAPTURED.

THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY WAS

DEPLOYED TO THE REGION FOR

WHAT IS CALLED A LARGE

ANTI-TERRORISM MOVEMENT.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS THE

RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE

LAW AND ORDER.

AND THEY ARE CREATING A

SITUATION IN WHICH THE

GOVERNMENT HAS TO RESPOND.

Reporter: THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION IS WORKING ON

AN AID PACKAGE FOR UKRAINE.

IT COULD INCLUDE MEDICAL

SUPPLIES AND CLOTHING, BUT

WOULD STOP IS SHOR SHORT OF

PROVIDING WEAPONS OR

AMMUNITION.

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN

SAYS A BLOODY CRACKDOWN ON

PROTESTORS WOULD START A

CIVIL WAR AND RESULT IN

RUSSIAN INTERVENTION.

EASTERN UKRAINE WAS THE

SUPPORT BASE FOR OUSTED

PRESIDENT VIKTOR

YANUKOVYCH.

ITS POPULATION IS LARGELY

RUSSIAN-SPEAKING.

UKRAINE IN THE WEST BLAME

RUSSIA FOR USING ITS

INFLUENCE IN THE AREA TO

SPARK THE ONGOING UNREST.

RUSSIA HAS A NEW EXPORT,

ASIDE FROM OIL AND GAS,

RUSSIA IS NOW EXPORTING

TERRORISM TO UKRAINE.

Reporter: THE

ESCALATING TENSION BETWEEN

RUSSIA AND UKRAINE HAS NATO

BOLSTERING ITS FORCES IN

EASTERN EUROPE, PREPARING

FOR WHAT COULD SOON BECOME

AN ALL-OUT WAR.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS.

George: THANKS,

CAITLIN.

A NEW VIDEO SHOWS WHAT LOOKS

LIKE THE LARGEST GATHERING

OF al-QAEDA IN YEARS.

THE VIDEO INCLUDES THE

TERRORIST GROUP'S SECOND IN

COMMAND SAYING HE WANTS TO

ATTACK THE UNITED STATES.

ACCORDING TO CNN, THE

FOOTAGE SHOWS THE NUMBER TWO

LEADER MEETING WITH FIGHTERS

AND COMMANDERS IN YEMEN.

al-WAHASHI ALSO HEADS

al-QAEDA IN THE ARABIAN

PENINSULA.

THE VIDEO HAS DRAWN THE

ATTENTION OF U.S. AND GLOBAL

TERRORISM EXPERTS.

EXPERTS SAY THEY BELIEVE THE

FOOTAGE IS AUTHENTIC.

FOR MORE, WE TURN TO OUR

TERRORISM ANALYST, ERICK

STAKELBECK, AND HE JOINS US

FROM OUR WASHINGTON, D.C.

BUREAU.

YOU HAVE REPORTED FOR YEARS

THAT YEMEN COULD BECOME A

HOTBED FOR AL-QAEDA.

IS THAT WHAT IS HAPPENING

NOW?

ABSOLUTELY, GEORGE.

I THINK THE INTERESTING

POINT IS al-QAEDA HAS

BRANCHED OUT.

YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT

THIS ON "NEWSWATCH" IN THE

PAST.

THEY BRANCHED OUT FROM THE

PAKISTAN HOME BASE TO PLACES

LIKE YEMEN, SOMALIA, LIBYA.

al-QAEDA IS SPREADING ITS

TENTACLES GLOBALLY, AND

YEMEN HAS BECOME A REAL HOT

SPOT FOR THE GROUP BECAUSE

ATTACKS AGAINST AMERICA,

PLOTS AGAINST AMERICA, MORE

AND MORE ARE BEING HATCHED

OUT OF YEMEN.

A VERY INSIGNIFICANT COUNTRY

IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF

THINGS.

DIRT-POOR COUNTRY, DESERT

COUNTRY, BUT THE UNDERWEAR

BOMBER ON CHRISTMAS DAY 2009

PLOTTED IN YEMEN.

AND OTHER ATTACKS PLOTTED IN

YEMEN, SO THIS IS

INCREASINGLY BECOMING A HOT

SPOT THAT IS A BIG CONCERN

TO U.S. OFFICIALS.

George: WE'LL TALK

ABOUT THEIR INFLUENCE IN THE

UNITED STATES, BUT LET'S

TALK ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST.

WHAT ARE THEIR GOALS FOR THE

MIDDLE EAST?

FOR THE MIDDLE EAST,

al-QAEDA'S GOAL IS THE GOAL

OF EVERY RADICAL ISLAMIC

GROUP.

THEY WANT THE MIDDLE EAST TO

BE UNDER THE RULE OF ISLAMIC

SHARI'A LAW, RADICAL ISLAMIC

LAWLY.

THA LAW.

THAT MEANS NO PLACE FOR

JEWS.

NO PLACE FOR CHRISTIANS.

AND WITH THIS NEW VIDEOTAPE,

IT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF

THEIR GOALS.

THE NUMBER TWO, ASHAR

al-WAHISHI SAYS IN THE

VIDEO, "OUR GOAL IS TO

DESTROY THE CROSS."

AND THE UNITED STATES, HE

SAYS, IS THE BEARER OF THE

CROSS, SO THE U.S. MUST BE

DESTROYED.

THE CROSS, GEORGE,

CHRISTIANITY.

al-QAEDA HAS THE BULL'S

EYE ON THE BACK AND EVERY

SINGLE CHRISTIAN IN THE

MIDDLE EAST AND AROUND THE

WORLD.

George: WHAT IS BEING

DONE TO STOP THEM, ERICK?

YOU HAVE THE DRONE

MISSILE STRIKES FROM THE

U.S.

THE PREDATOR DRONES OVER THE

PAST FEW YEARS HAVE KILLED

MANY al-QAEDA LEADERS IN

PAKISTAN, IN YEMEN, EVEN IN

SOMALIA.

YOU HAVE THE DRONE EFFECT ON

ONE HAND.

AND INTELLIGENCE,

OBVIOUSLY.

WE'RE MONITORING

CONVERSATIONS, ONLINE CHATS,

AND PHONE CALLS OF

al-QAEDA OPERATIVES AROUND

THE WORLD.

SO IT IS SURPRISING TO ME,

QUITE FRANKLY, GEORGE, THAT

SUCH A LARGE GATHERING OF

al-QAEDA LEADERS, 100 GUYS,

MEETING OUT IN THE OPEN AIR

IN YEMEN.

VERY SURPRISING TO ME, OR IT

WOULD BE SURPRISING IF U.S.

INTELLIGENCE DIDN'T KNOW

ABOUT THIS MEETING.

THE BIG QUESTION IS NOW,

OKAY, WE HAVE THE MEETING.

IN THIS MEETING al-QAEDA

MADE THEIR GOALS CLEAR,

STRIKE AMERICA.

SO NOW WHAT ARE WE GOING TO

DO ABOUT IT?

George: AND DO YOU SEE

A LARGE-SCALE ATTACK LIKE

9/11 HERE IN THE UNITED

STATES OR SMALLER TYPE OF

ATTACKS.

I THINK IT IS THE LATTER,

GEORGE.

I THINK THEY'RE PLANNING

THINGS ON A GRANDER SCALE

THAN 9/11, BUT CAN THEY DO

IT RIGHT NOW?

NOT QUITE CLEAR.

WHAT IS MORE LIKELY IS MORE

THINGS LIKE FORT HOOD, THE

UNDERWEAR BOMBER, TIMES

SQUARE BOMBER, AND ONE LONE

WOLF CAN CARRY THEM OUT.

THAT'S THE MORE LIKELY

STRATEGY FOR NOW.

George: ERICK, THANK

YOU SO MUCH FOUR YOUR

INSIGHT.

YOU CAN CHECK OUT HIS WEEKLY

SHOW, THE BLOG, "THE

WATCHMAN" AND YOU CAN FIND

IT ON CBN.COM.

BOKO HARAM IS BEING BLAMED

FOR A MASS KIDNAPPING IN

NIGERIA.

ABOUT 100 GIRLS WERE TAKEN

FROM A SCHOOL IN THE

NORTHWESTERN PART OF THE

COUNTRY.

GUNMEN KILLED TWO PEOPLE

GUARDING THE SCHOOL AND

ABDUCTED THE TEENAGED GIRLS

JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

REPORTS INDICATE THAT THE

GIRLS ARE BEING USED AS

COOKS AND SEX SLAVES.

THE KIDNAPPING COMES A DAY

AFTER SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM

MILITANTS BOMBED A BUS

STATION, KILLING 75.

THE SEARCH IS ON TO FIND

SURVIVORS AFTER A FERRY SANK

OFF OF THE COAST OF SOUTH

KOREA.

FOUR PEOPLE ARE DEAD AND

NEARLY 300 ARE STILL

MISSING.

MORE THAN 100 VESSELS AND

AIRCRAFT ARE HELPING IN THE

SEARCH.

THE FERRY HAD BEEN CARRYING

MORE THAN 450 PEOPLE WHEN IT

SANK.

MOST OF THEM HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENTS ON AN OVERNIGHT

TRIP.

RESCUE DIVERS ARE SEARCHING

INSIDE THE SHIP'S

COMPARTMENT STILL HAVEN'T

FOUND ANY BODIES OR

SURVIVORS.

AS OF NOW, WE DON'T HAVE

ANY MINUTE OR SECOND TO

WASTE.

WE HAVE TO USE ALL OUR

ENERGY TO RESCUE MORE

LIVES.

THEREFORE I ASK EVERY LEADER

OF EACH DEPARTMENT TO STAY

ON THE SCENE AND CONDUCT

THEIR TEAM, AND DO THEIR

BEST TO FULFILL THEIR

RESPONSIBILITY.

George: WELL, THE

LARGER AMOUNT OF UNACCOUNTED

PEOPLE IS RAISING FEARS THAT

THE NUMBER OF THOSE KILLED

WILL RISE DRAMATICALLY.

A BIG SCARE AT THE SITE OF

THE BOSTON MARATHON

YESTERDAY, EXACTLY ONE YEAR

AFTER THE TERROR ATTACK

ROCKED THAT CITY.

THE POLICE FOUND TWO

ABANDONED BACKPACKS NEAR THE

FINISH LINE, NEAR THE PLACE

TWO BOMBS EXPLODED LAST

YEAR.

THE POLICE EVACUATED THE

AREA, AND A BOMB SQUAD

ATTACKED THE BAGS.

THE BAG'S OWNER IS FACING

CHARGES A POSSESSION OF A

HOAX DEVICE, DISTURBING THE

PEACE, AND DISORDERLY

CONDUCT.

IT IS MID-APRIL, BUT WINTER

WEATHER IS STILL STICKING

AROUND.

AREAS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE

SEEING SNOW, ALONG WITH SOME

SERIOUSLY COLD TEMPERATURES

AND STRONG WINDS.

DALE HURD REPORTS.

Reporter: PERHAPS WE

SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED THAT

ONE OF THE WORST WIPTDS IN

WINTERS IN MEMORY RETURNED

FOR AN ENCORE.

THIS 750 FAMILIAR CARGO SHIP

IS BEACHED, AFTER 70 MILES

PER HOUR WIND GUSTS.

DROPPING TEMPERATURES BY AS

MUCH AS 40°, AND BRINGING

BACK THE WHITE POWDER THAT

SO MANY DID NOT WANT TO SEE

AGAIN.

WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR

THAT FOUR LETTER WORD THAT

STARTS WITH "S."

Reporter: IN BUFFALO,

78° A FEW DAYS AGO, FOUND

ITSELF PREPARING FOR SEVERAL

INCHES OF SNOW.

IN PARTS OF THE SOUTH, SNOW

IS FALLING ON FLOWERS

ALREADY IN BLOOM, AND

TEMPERATURES ARE HOVERING

NEAR FREEZING, AND THAT'S A

THREAT TO CROPS.

PRETTY MUCH, IT IS THE

MOST VULNERABLE TIME.

Reporter: FARMERS WERE

OUT TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR

LIVELIHOODS.

IF WE START DROPPING

BELOW 30°, WE'RE ENTERING AN

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS ZONE.

Reporter: IN GEORGIA, A

TREE SPLIT A HOUSE IN TWO,

TRAPPING TWO WOMEN INSIDE.

I CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE

AND IMMEDIATELY HEARD THE

SCREAMS.

Reporter: AND DAMAGING

HIGH WINDS NEAR

PHILADELPHIA.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A

TORNADO, SO I WENT BACK DOWN

TO THE BASEMENT.

Reporter: AND FLOODING,

FROM MICHIGAN TO NEW YORK TO

VERMONT AND STATES IN

BETWEEN.

WORLD LEADERS, INCLUDING

PRESIDENT OBAMA, CONTINUE TO

BLAME THE RECORD-SETTING

WINTER WEATHER ON GLOBAL

WARMING, BUT THE U.S. HAS

SEEN THIS KIND OF WEATHER

BEFORE, 200 YEARS AGO,

DURING A PERIOD CALLED

"LITTLE ICE AGE."

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

George: COMING UP,

WE'LL TAKE YOU TO ONE OF THE

MOST HOSTILE MISSION FIELDS

RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA, TO

SEE HOW SOME FOLKS ARE

SPREADING THE GOSPEL OF

JESUS CHRIST.

George: NATIONWIDE

ATTENTION IS ON BOSTON THIS

WEEK, BUT ONE THING FEW

PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THIS CITY,

IT IS A PLACE WHERE ONLY 3%

OF THE POPULATION KNOW

JESUS.

IN FACT, THE ENTIRE NEW

ENGLAND AREA IS THE LEAST

EVANGELIZED PART OF THE

COUNTRY.

BUT AS PAUL STRAND REPORTS,

ALL THAT IS CHANGING, THANKS

TO A NEW BREED OF

CHRISTIANS.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

FROM THE SOUTH AND OTHER

AREAS HAVE POURED INTO

BOSTON FOR DECADES, TRYING

TO MAKE CHRISTIANITY POPULAR

AGAIN.

IT IS NOT EASY WITH ONLY 11%

EVANGELICAL, AS COMPARED TO

MORE THAN 50% IN THE SOUTH.

JOE SOUZA TRAVELLED THE

COUNTRY, URGING CHRISTIANS

TO TURN THAT AROUND.

ONLY 3% IN THE GREATER

BOSTON AREA KNOW JESUS AS

THEIR PERSONAL SAVIOR.

ONE OF THE GUYS WHO WE

WERE TRYING TO RENT A HOME

FROM SAID TO MY WIFE, WHAT

DOES YOUR HUSBAND DO.

AND SHE SAID, WE'RE COMING

OUT HERE TO START A CHURCH.

AND HE SAID, WHAT, DO YOU

THINK WE'RE ALL HEATHAN?

Reporter: THEY DON'T

FEEL LIKE BEING A FLY BY

NIGHT PROJECT.

AND SO BOSTONIANS ATTENDED

THE CHURCHES AND THEY

CLOSED.

BUT NOW THERE IS A NEW

GENERATION TURNING THAT

AROUND.

THEY BRING AN ATTITUDE TO GO

ALL IN, JOIN THEIR

COMMUNITIES, AND BECOME GOOD

NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS.

MINISTRY HAPPENS AT A

DUNKIN' DONUTS OR A

STARBUCKS AS YOU'RE ABLE TO

BE REAL WITH PEOPLE.

Reporter: BO RUNS A

BOSTON WEBSITE WITH SOUZA, A

HIGH-TECH WAY TO REACH THE

LOST.

THEY SAY THEY HAVE TO REACH

THE PEOPLE BY SERVING, NOT

PREACHING.

AS A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

COACH OR A BASKETBALL COACH

BECAUSE GETTING INTO THE

NEIGHBORHOOD AND INTO THE

COMMUNITY IS THE ONLY WAY

YOU'RE GOING TO EARN THE

RIGHT TO SPEAK CHRIST INTO

SOMEBODY'S LIFE UP HERE.

Reporter: A TOP

EXAMPLE, THE TUNIGS,

TRANSPLANTED FROM NORTH

CAROLINA JUST THREE YEARS

AGO.

AS THEY MOVED TO BEVERLY,

THEY DECIDED NOT TO THINK OF

THEMSELVES AS SHORT-TERM

MISSIONARIES.

MATT'S APPROACH FROM THE

BEGINNING WAS TO SAY I'M

PLANTING MY LIFE IN BEVERLY,

MASSACHUSETTS.

Reporter: THEY

CONCENTRATED ON PEOPLE, NOT

CHURCH BUILDINGS.

I DON'T LOOK AT MY

RELATIONSHIP AS SOMEBODY WHO

IS TRYING TO MINISTER TO

THEM, BUT, RATHER, I'M JUST

A NEIGHBOR WHO LOVES JESUS.

Reporter: THIS APPROACH

LED TO TREMENDOUS RESULTS

WITH AS MANY AS 700 PEOPLE

REGULARLY ATTENDING CHURCH.

MY HEART WAS TO BE HERE

FOR THE LONG RUN.

Reporter: MEMBERS

APPRECIATE MATT'S AND BETH'S

POSITION TO BE HERE.

AND A LOT OF MEMBERS

SAID, WHEN ARE YOU LEAVING?

AND WE'RE, LIKE, WE'RE NOT

LEAVING.

AND THEY'RE SHOCKED.

THIS IS HIS HOME AND HE

LOVES THESE PEOPLE.

IT IS NOT SOMETHING WHERE

HE HAS A HOME BASE OR

HEADQUARTERS HE IS GOING TO

GO BACK TO.

IT'S COOL BECAUSE HE LIVES

IN THE COMMUNITY.

HE IS NOT HERE AS SORT

OF, LIKE, I'M DELIVERING

SOMETHING THAT YOU NEED AND

THEN I'M TAKING OFF.

Reporter: THREE NEW

NEIGHBORS RECENTLY ATTENDED

MATT'S AN BETH'S CHURCH

WITHOUT EVEN BEING INVITED.

WE MADE OURSELVES

ACCESSIBLE TO THEM AND

INTERACTED WITH THEM WHICH

MAKES CHRISTIANITY LOOK

APPEALING.

Reporter: THIS KIND OF

ALL FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, ALL

FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS' EFFORT

HAS COMPLETELY TURNED AROUND

THAT DISMAL 87% FAILURE

RATE.

FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS,

WE HAVE CLOSE TO 100%

SUCCESS RATE.

Reporter: BUT THEY ALL

AGREE MORE SOWERS ARE

NEEDED.

IT CAN BE HARD TO SENSE THE

PRESENCE OF GOD IN A BIG,

COLD URBAN AREA.

HARD TO EVEN BELIEVE HE'S

REAL.

THAT'S WHY THEY NEED TO COME

TO THESE PLACES, PROVE THEIR

LOVE, AND BRING HIS

PRESENCE.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

REPORTING FROM BOSTON.

George: UP NEXT, THE

WAR OVER WEED.

WHY SOME SAY LEGALIZATION

COULD HURT AMERICAN KIDS.

George: CASUAL

MARIJUANA USE COULD HARM

YOUR BRAIN.

THAT'S THE FINDING OF A NEW

STUDY FROM NORTHWESTERN

UNIVERSITY.

RESEARCHERS SAY WHEN YOUNG

ADULTS SMOKE POT JUST ONCE

OR TWICE A WEEK,

ABNORMALITIES FORM IN TWO

BRAIN STRUCTURES.

THE STUDY LOOKS AT 18 TO

25-YEAR-OLDS.

RESEARCHERS MONITORED TWO

KEY PARTS OF THE BRAIN

REGIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR

PROCESSING EMOTIONS, MAKING

DECISIONS AND MOTIVATION.

BOTH BECAME ABNORMAL AMONG

CASUAL POT SMOKERS.

AND THE MORE OFTEN PEOPLE

SMOKED, THE WORST THE

ABNORMALITIES CAME.

EVEN SO, ABOUT 15 STATES ARE

THINKING ABOUT LEGALIZING

WEED, BECAUSE THEY HOPE IT

WILL BRING IN MORE TAX

MONEY.

BUT SOME SAY THE REVENUE

ISN'T WORTH THE RISKS.

Reporter: COLORADO

MERCHANTS BEGAN SELLING

MARIJUANA FOR RECREATIONAL

USE ON JANUARY 1st, AND

ALREADY THE VARIETY OF NEW

MERCHANDISE IS

MIND-BLOWING.

THERE ARE A LOT OF

PRODUCTS.

Reporter: FROM PLANT

VARIETIES, EACH WITH ITS OWN

SMELL AND UNIQUE

CHARACTERISTICS, TO TRENDY

VAPORIZERS, AND SO-CALLED

OATMEAL SANDWICHES, JUST TO

NAME A FEW.

IN MANY WAYS, COLORADO IS

STILL IN THE HONEYMOON PHASE

OF MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION.

PEOPLE ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE

NEW PRODUCTS AND NEW GROWTH,

AND THE GOVERNMENT IS

LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE THAN

$90 MILLION IN NEW TACK TAX

REVENUES, ALL FROM

MARIJUANA.

BUT MANY HEALTH AND YOUTH

ADVOCATES SAY NOT SO FAST.

AFTER WORKING IN TOBACCO

EDUCATION FOR YEARS, BOB

DOYLE NOW SPEAKS OUT AGAINST

MARIJUANA.

WE KNOW WHAT IS COMING.

IF WE DON'T STOP IT, THIS IS

THE BIRTH OF THE NEXT

TOBACCO INDUSTRY.

IT WILL BE LIKE EVERY OTHER

DRUG, WHERE THE SOCIETAL

COSTS ARE MUCH BIGGER THAN

WHAT ANY COMMUNITY IS GOING

TO MAKE ON THIS.

Reporter: COSTS LIKE

TREATING MARIJUANA

ADDICTION.

SPECIALISTS SAY THEY'RE

INUNDATED WITH REQUESTS, AND

STUDENT YOUTH IS QUICKLY

RISING, THANKS TO THE

LEGALIZATION OF MEDICAL

MARIJUANA.

TWICE AS MANY DENVER EIGHTH

GRADERS USE POT THAN ANY

OTHER EIGHTH GRADERS ACROSS

THE COUNTRY.

LEGALIZING IT CREATES

MORE PROMOTION, CREATES

GREATER ACCESS TO THE DRUG

AND LEGI LEGITIMIZES THE

DRUG.

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

CALLED THESE THE iPOD OF

GETTING BAKED.

Reporter: AND IT IS

ALSO A CONCEALER, LOOKING

LIKE AN eCIGARETTE.

AND IT MARKETS A WHOLESOME,

HEALTHY IMAGE.

JOE WORKS AT A COLORADO

SPRINGS DRUG TESTING

FACILITY AND FINDS MANY KIDS

ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT

POT.

THEY SAY, IT IS GOOD FOR

US.

IT IS MEDICINE.

IT'S HEALTHY.

Reporter: PARENTS, SHE

SAYS, OFTEN CONTRIBUTE TO

THIS FALSE SENSE OF

SECURITY, NOT REALIZING THAT

TODAY'S MARIJUANA IS MUCH

MORE POTENT THAN THE DRUG OF

THEIR DAY.

ONE TIME WE HEARD A DAD

SAY, WELL, THEY'RE JUST

GOING TO, LIKE, SLEEP ALL OF

THE TIME AND HAVE MUNCHIES.

WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

WELL, WE'RE SEEING

WITHDRAWAL SIGNS OF ANGER

AND RAGE, AND REAL

WITHDRAWAL WHEN THEY CAN'T

HAVE THEIR PRODUCT.

I THINK THE SCHOOLS ARE

VERY CONCERNED ABOUT

STUDENTS COMING TO SCHOOL

UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

Reporter: CHRIS HARMS

OF THE STATE SCHOOL SAFETY

RESOURCE CENTER HOPES

PARENTS WILL TEACH THEIR

CHILDREN ABOUT THE DANGEROUS

OF POT.

SHE ALSO HAS A MESSAGE FOR

OTHER STATES THAT ENVY

COLORADO'S SEEMING FINANCIAL

WINDFALL.

PEOPLE MAY SEE THE TAX

MONEY BEING GENERATED, BUT

NOT THINKING ABOUT ALL OF

THE OTHER HIDDEN COSTS OF

MARIJUANA.

WE DON'T KNOW, FOR INSTANCE,

HOW MANY MORE SUBSTANCE

ABUSE TREATMENT FACILITIES

WE'RE GOING TO NEED.

Reporter: AND

LEGALIZATION SUPPORTERS ALSO

SAY THEY BELIEVE IN

EDUCATING KIDS ABOUT THE

DANGERS OF MARIJUANA.

BUT THEY ARGUE THAT

LEGALIZATION IS THE BEST WAY

TO LIMIT THEIR ACCESS.

CBN NEWS INTERVIEWED MASON

LAST YEAR.

WE KNOW THAT ALCOHOL

PROHIBITION FAILED AND

CAUSED MORE PROBLEMS THAN IT

SOLVED.

WE'RE IN THE SIMILAR

SITUATION WITH MARIJUANA,

WHERE WE NEED TO DO

EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP

MARIJUANA AWAY FROM YOUNG

PEOPLE, AND THAT INCLUDES

REGULATING AND CONTROLLING

IT AND TAXING IT.

Reporter: IT WILL BE

YEARS BEFORE THE SMOKE

CLEARS AND WE UNDERSTAND THE

FULL EFFECT OF

LEGALIZATION.

FINANCIAL EXPERTS SAY TAXES

WILL FLUCTUATE AS OTHER

STATES JOIN COLORADO, AND

THE MARKETPLACE EXPERIMENTS

WITH PRICING, PRODUCTS, AND

DEVELOPING EFFICIENCIES.

ON THE DOWNSIDE, QUESTIONS

REMAIN ON HOW MUCH ADDICTION

RATES WILL GROW, WHAT IT

WILL MEAN FOR EDUCATION, AND

CREATING A COMPETITIVE

WORKFORCE.

IN THE MEANTIME, AGGUIRE IS

BEEFING UP HER STAFF AFTER A

RECENT SPIKE IN POSITIVE

TESTS, AND DOYLE WILL

CONTINUE TO EDUCATE IN THE

HOPES OF PREVENTING THE

DOWNWARD SPIRALS HE HAS

ALREADY SEEN.

I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY

TIMES I HAVE HAD THE MOTHER

OR FATHER WHO CAME UP TO ME

AND SAY, I HAD THE GOOD

STUDENT, THE GOOD ATHLETE,

AND THEY'VE BEEN SMOKING

MARIJUANA, AND IT IS NO

LONGER.

THEIR MOTIVATION IS GONE.

THEIR ACADEMICS HAVE DONE

DOWN.

THEIR ATHLETES HAVE GONE

AWAY.

IT IS HORRIFYING.

Reporter: REPORTING IN

DENVER, HEATHER CELLS, CBN

NEWS.

George: UP NEXT, EASTER

EGG HUNTING WITH A TWIST.

WHY THIS EVENT MAY JUST BE A

LITTLE NOISIER THAN MOST.

George: AND FINALLY

TONIGHT, NEW TECHNOLOGY IS

ALLOWING A GROUP OF SPECIAL

KIDS TO TAKE PART IN AN

EASTER EGG HUNT.

VISUALLY-IMPAIRED KIDS DON'T

USUALLY GET THE CHANCE TO

PARTICIPATE, BUT A TEXAS

BOMB SQUAD WANTED TO CHANGE

THAT.

THEY PUT TOGETHER A BEEPING

EASTER EGG, AND IT DIRECTS

THE KIDS DURING THE SEARCH.

WE HAVE SO MUCH FUN.

FINDING THE EGGS WITHOUT

THE BEEPING, MY MOM OR DAD

WILL HELP ME, OR MY SISTER.

NOW THAT THEY HAVE THE

BEEPING EGGS, IT IS NICE FOR

HER TO BE ABLE TO INTERACT

AND PARTICIPATE WITH

EVERYBODY.

USUALLY EVERYTHING WE DO

IS ABOUT 300 YARDS AWAY FROM

EVERYBODY.

IT IS NICE TO GET TO WORK

WITH THE KIDS AND SEE THE

SMILES.

IT'S WONDERFUL.

George: WHAT A TERRIFIC

IDEA.

THE ORGANIZERS GAVE FAMILY

MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS A

CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE, TOO,

BUT THEY HAD TO SEARCH FOR

THE EGGS BLINDFOLDED.

THAT'S IT FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

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