Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jan 2010
Source: Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC)
Copyright: 2010 Pique Publishing Inc.
Author: Claire Piech
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


The executive director of the Whistler Community Services Society is
encouraging people in Whistler to watch a documentary on smoking
marijuana that's airing on CBC this week.

Greg McDonnell said the film The Downside of High highlights the under
reported reality that teenagers who start smoking marijuana before the
age of 16 are four times more likely to become schizophrenic.

"I personally have worked with individuals who this has happened to,"
said McDonnell.

"When I continue to work with individuals who are prolific pot
smokers, I am worried about their mental health because it is a crap
shoot. What the research is saying is they don't know who that one in
four is going to be."

The Downside of High premiers on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. on
CBC-TV, and will be aired again on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 10 p.m. on CBC
News Network. 
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