Pubdate: Thu, 21 Sep 2017
Source: Recorder & Times, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 Recorder and Times
Author: Larry Comeau
Page: A7


Millions of parents are concerned over what legalized marijuana means
for their young children. Studies in the United Kingdom, America and
here have all shown conclusively that marijuana can cause psychosis
and other mental problems to those who use this drug when young. Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau's idea that legalization is the best way to
curb black market sales, thereby keeping it away from our children, is
right out of fantasyland.

In both Colorado and Washington States organized crime is involved in
the distribution of marijuana since it was made legal there. There has
been a rush on Colorado ERs by young people who had used the drug.
Expect organized crime groups to quickly get involved here meaning
access to our youth. Colorado officials warned the Trudeau government
that legalization is easy, but that everything that comes thereafter
is much more difficult. We already have police departments across the
country saying they are not prepared for legalization next July.

Many premiers are also voicing concerns. Yet it seems that Trudeau
wants votes and revenues, rather than slowing the process down with so
many unknowns. Nobody knows the long-term effects of the 85
cannabinoids contained in marijuana. The timing of legalization could
not be worse with the opioid crisis killing young people from coast to
coast. Surely if we see the need to provide very young children with
sex education, coupled with legalization of marijuana there should be
a drug education program telling young people the real dangers and
truth about marijuana use. The Trudeau government seems to be giving
the misinformation that it is no more harmful than alcohol, which is
totally false.

Larry Comeau

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