Tonight in his Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly took on the increasing acceptance of marijuana use among America’s youth. The Factor host believes it’s a bad thing for the country, and he now even has support from liberals in the media.

Tina Brown, the former editor of Newsweek, tweeted: “…legal weed contributes to us being a fatter, dumber, sleepier nation even less able to compete with the Chinese.”


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While some adults may be able to handle the effects of getting high, O’Reilly noted that putting intoxicating agents in the hands of children is devastating. He cited research that shows teens who use pot before age 18 are two to four times more likely to develop psychosis as young adults, compared to those who don’t.

Many in the media glamorize marijuana use and few speak out against it. One study found that students who texted more than 100 times a day were 30 percent less likely to feel strongly that being ethical and principled in life was important to them.  


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“Young people in America are combining drugs, alcohol and high tech to build false lives and run away from reality,” O’Reilly said.

Contrast that with Chinese society, where young people are encouraged to compete, be disciplined and live in the real world.  

The Factor host concluded, “This is an epidemic that will lead to a weaker nation.”