Psychosis is a class of mental illnesses characterized by
strongly-held irrational beliefs not consistent with reality
(delusions) and bizarre sensations of objects or people that are not
actually present (hallucinations). Leading up to a psychotic episode
is often a period including lack of motivation, lack of emotions,
and difficulty thinking or speaking in a way that makes sense to
others or oneself.
As a drug in the class of psychedelic substances, cannabis can,
within minutes after inhaling its vapors, induce psychosis-like
symptoms including hallucinations, paranoid delusions, lack of
motivation, and difficulty thinking or speaking logically. So, can
cannabis cause psychosis?
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BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation's executive director Allan Lamb, wants
British Columbians to know that drivers impaired by drugs are a danger
to all road users.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse released their Alcohol and Drug Use
Among Drivers: British Columbia Roadside Survey for 2008. The survey showed
fewer people driving after drinking, but more doing so after taking drugs.
Lamb is particularly concerned that young drivers who act responsibly
when it comes to combining alcohol and driving, have no idea that they
could become too impaired to drive after smoking cannabis, using coke
or taking their drug of choice.
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Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal can see the price of
methamphetamine abuse in the faces of the people in his courtroom.
Of the 119 participants in Deal's felony drug court, roughly a third
landed there as a result of methamphetamine charges. Many others
abused meth along with other drugs.
The ill effects seem to be long-lasting, from rotted teeth to scarred
skin that can cause low self-esteem and hinder participants on the
path to self-improvement, Deal said.
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Imagine a system where in order to save you from the potential danger
posed by crossing the street, someone will throw you off a tall
building. This is the current insanity of drug policy. In order to
'protect citizens from the danger of drugs', we throw people in prison.
Drugs are dangerous; I am smart enough to grant that. You can overdose
easily on most drugs, and that includes alcohol. I've had enough booze
in me until I hallucinated pirates and such and probably could've died
from it. Do I think alcohol should be illegal? No. Because when taken
responsibly, alcohol isn't that dangerous; the same is true for the
bulk of the drugs out there now. Indeed, much of the danger of drugs
today lies in the illegality of it-buying drugs of unknown potency
from shady characters raises the risk, for certain.
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Prince George Community Policing will be using proceeds of crime
seized by the province to education youth at risk in the city about
the dangers of drugs and gang involvement.
On Friday, Prince George-Mount Robson MLA Shirley Bond announced a
$17,500 grant to Community Policing from the Civil Forfeiture
Remediation and Crime Prevention program. Since May 2006, the Civil
Forfeiture Act has allowed the B.C. Supreme Court to seize $5.6
million in property acquired through crime or to further criminal activity.
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Mexicans Seek 'True Solidarity'
MEXICO CITY -- After promising $1.4 billion last year under a landmark
initiative to help fight drug trafficking in Mexico, the U.S.
government has spent almost none of the money, fanning criticism on
both sides of the border that the United States is failing to respond
quickly to the deepening crisis.
In June, Congress appropriated $400 million to assist Mexico under the
first installment of the Merida Initiative, which was signed into law
by President George W. Bush. The three-year aid package was passed as
an emergency measure because of deteriorating security in Mexico. In
December, the State Department announced that $197 million had been
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I wish that that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was deeply troubled
with the automatic gun fire on the streets of greater Vancouver and
elsewhere across Canada.
In fact, I wish Harper was so deeply troubled with the violence and
death across Canada attributed to drugs and lawlessness that he would
bring our troops home from Afghanistan. The money saved could then be
spent here on crime control and prevention.
Well, Larry Compton apparently has only a bad attitude to defend his
position against cannabis ("Can't Pot Cure Everything?" March 30).
The truth is that the whole war on pot is a scam and has always been a
scam. Pot (and all other medicines) used to be available right off the
shelf. Pot was once the key ingredient in many tinctures and
palliative medicines. Today we know that pot fights many diseases and
conditions. We also know that the government has buried studies
showing positive benefits of cannabis (including one in 1974 that
demonstrated it has great anti-cancer potential), obstructed research
into positive effects of cannabis and engaged in a seven-decade-long
propaganda war that avoided truth like the plague.
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To the Editor:
Re "Albany Reaches Deal to Repeal '70s Drug Laws" (front page, March
The agreement between Gov. David A. Paterson and state legislative
leaders to dismantle the Rockefeller drug laws is long awaited.
The laws' enforcement of mandatory minimum sentencing - even for
first-time low-level offenders - squandered the opportunity to link
individuals with substance abuse issues to effective treatment.
The proposed plan's expansion of access to substance abuse treatment
for first-time nonviolent offenders will help prevent people from
entering a revolving door between substance abuse and the criminal
We applaud the governor's focus on treatment, rather than punishment,
to end the cycle of addiction.
James R. Knickman
President and Chief Executive New York State Health Foundation
With all of the theoretical and rational discourse around the harmful
impact on every level and aspect of society the war on drugs has, it
is unfortunate that we are not privy to cops' opinions on the subject
["Cop calls to legalize drugs", March 19-26].
Whether they are bound by an implicit or explicit code of silence on
this issue, they could be the best group of people to provide us with
a realistic and educated opinion, both through their firsthand
perspective and because of the respect that people could have for their
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