Pubdate: Thu, 18 May 2017
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2017 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Jacqueline Elston
Page: 10
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


In Larry Comeau's letter he quotes a report that marijuana related ER
visits in Colorado among kids have quadrupled since legalization.
Previously, marijuana possession and use was a felony. It might just
be the increase in visits to the ER since legalization has something
to do with users in Colorado no longer fearing prosecution if they
seek help while under the influence. Is it not possible that mental
illness issues in general are on the rise in young people unrelated to
marijuana use? It would certainly seem so according to many recent studies.

It has been my experience that those who want to indulge, will, be it 
legal or not. Those who don't won't be tempted by legalization. I am by 
no means an expert and these are just observations and speculation. I 
don't doubt there will be some growing pains when marijuana is 
legalized. I sincerely believe, however, many of these fears are being 
overstated. We are so worried about young adults buying marijuana at 18 
but have no qua! lms about them buying one of the deadliest recreational 
substances available - alcohol.

Jacqueline Elston

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(The debate around pot won't end with legalization.)
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