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1 CN ON: Column: Teenaged Son Refuses To Give Up His Daily Pot HabitTue, 26 Dec 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Direnfeld, Gary Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:12/27/2017

Q: Our 16-year-old son smokes dope daily. We see his grades slipping from last year. He keeps talking about it being legalized and therefore not harmful. How do we get him to understand that he still shouldn't be smoking?

A: How one addresses the issue depends on how one understands the problem. Regular marijuana use in teens can occur if they become addicted to the substance or it may be masking an undiagnosed mental health problem such as depression or anxiety. Or your son may be otherwise well but enjoying the substance and simply not conforming to your expectations.

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2 CN PI: LTE: Children At Risk From Pot SmokeTue, 19 Dec 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:McColl, Pamela Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:27 Added:12/24/2017

The recent announcement by the provincial government that marijuana use will be restricted to private residences to help limit its impact on communities and public health ignores the rights of children to protection from second-hand smoke in their homes.

Marijuana smoke is a recognized carcinogen and as with exposure to tobacco smoke, can cause serious health risks for those involved. Nearly one-third of deaths from tobacco second-hand smoke exposure are children, many of whom are infants.

Pamela McColl,

Vancouver

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3 Mexico: A Teen Youtube Star Insulted A Notorious Mexican Drug LordThu, 21 Dec 2017
Source:Morning Call (Allentown, PA)          Area:Mexico Lines:141 Added:12/21/2017

Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales was born in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, a mecca for cartels and the land of notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Lagunas grew up never knowing his father. His mother left him with his grandmother as a child.

Lagunas left his hometown at the age of 15 without finishing high school, moving to the nearby municipality of Culiacan and washing cars to make a living, he said in an interview in July. It was in this adopted town that he took on the nickname that would later become known across cyberspace: "El Pirata de Culiacan," or "The Pirate of Culiacan."

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4 CN ON: Substance Use Among Ontario Students DownThu, 14 Dec 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Ubelacker, Sheryl Area:Ontario Lines:93 Added:12/17/2017

TORONTO - Ontario adolescents are drinking, smoking and using cannabis and other recreational drugs at the lowest rates since the late 1970s, suggests a biennial survey of Grade 7 to 12 students by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

But the 2017 survey released Thursday turned up a disturbing finding: almost one per cent of respondents in Grades 9 to 12 reported having taken illicit fentanyl in the previous year, raising a red flag given the opioid's involvement in hundreds of overdose deaths across the country.

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5 CN ON: Overall Substance Use Among Ontario Teens Has Gone DownFri, 15 Dec 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ubelacker, Sheryl Area:Ontario Lines:69 Added:12/15/2017

Ontario adolescents are drinking, smoking and using cannabis and other recreational drugs at the lowest rates since the late 1970s, suggests a biennial survey of Grade 7 to 12 students by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

But the 2017 survey released Thursday turned up a disturbing finding: almost one per cent of respondents in Grades 9 to 12 reported having taken illicit fentanyl in the previous year, raising a red flag given the opioid's involvement in hundreds of overdose deaths across the country.

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6 CN NS: Youth Psychiatrist Disappointed In Nova Scotia's Marijuana AgeSat, 09 Dec 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:McPhee, John Area:Nova Scotia Lines:59 Added:12/14/2017

Health officials are disappointed that the province has set the legal age for marijuana consumption at 19 years.

The consensus among provincial and national health organizations is that the minimum age should be 21, and some believe it should be even older, said Dr. Phil Tibbo, director of the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program and a psychiatry professor at Dalhousie University.

"Regular cannabis use can actually have a significant impact on brain development up until about your mid-20s," he said in an interview Thursday.

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7 CN AB: Med Students Say Pot Revenues Should Fund Mental HealthSun, 03 Dec 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Griwkowsky, Catherine Area:Alberta Lines:66 Added:12/06/2017

A group of Alberta's future doctors are calling on the provincial government to use cannabis tax revenue to fund mental health initiatives for youth.

At least, that will be the pitch when 40 medical students from the University of Alberta and University of Calgary get together Monday with MLAs from various parties.

The Alberta Medical Students' Association has previously used its annual meeting at the legislature to push for investments in mental health, but this time the group wants funding for young adults and children at risk of adverse childhood experience. They are also calling for the formation of a cannabis and youth advisory board to work on future prevention, education and intervention efforts.

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8CN ON: Teenager Killed After Visit To Crack Den, Police SayWed, 29 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Yogaretnam, Shaamini Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

Homicide victim attacked outside after looking for place to smoke pot, cops say

Police believe a teen who was fatally stabbed in Vanier was just looking for a place to smoke weed purchased at an illegal dispensary when he wound up inside a crack den, the Citizen has learned.

Zakaria Iqbal, just 18 years old and a Gloucester High School student, died Monday night after an attack on Montreal Road.

Detectives believe that Iqbal and his friends purchased marijuana at Dr. Greenthumb dispensary, also on Montreal Road. Employees at the dispensary said police visited the pot shop Tuesday as part of their homicide investigation, asking questions about who was there and when.

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9 US IN: Indiana Students Say They Caught Teacher Using Cocaine InSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI)          Area:Indiana Lines:39 Added:11/28/2017

An Indiana high school teacher was arrested on drug charges Wednesday after her students said they saw her using cocaine in her classroom.

Lake Central High School junior Will Rogers told WGN9 he shot video of the incident through a classroom window.

"She's in the corner, hiding with a chair and a book and what appears to be cocaine, putting it into lines," Rogers told the TV station. "When I actually watched the footage again and again and I just realized that my english teacher just did cocaine."

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10 CN BC: LTE: Think About The Children When It Comes To PotWed, 22 Nov 2017
Source:Richmond News (CN BC) Author:McLennan, Ken Area:British Columbia Lines:55 Added:11/22/2017

Dear Editor,

Re: "School trustee needs history lesson," Letters, Nov. 17.

I fully support Mayor Brodie and councillors plus trustees Ho and Hamaguchi and other like-minded persons with their pot legalization concerns.

May I suggest pot proponents substitute ingesting tablets identified as DDD as an alternative to all available recreational drugs.

The history of failed reliance on education to avoid the use of recreational drugs and abuse of prescription drugs has been demonstrated by the overdose death tragedy.

Surely, serious and meaningful consequences must be applied in addition to education. Why do we assess financial consequences for illegal parking, speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving, etc., while ignoring this available significant deterrence and financial resource asset?

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11 CN ON: Ontario Late On Warning Teens About MarijuanaSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:11/21/2017

With legalization looming, doctors say province not ready to handle risks

Ontario is slow to launch a public education campaign warning parents about the dangers of marijuana to children, which include the risk associated with second-hand pot smoke, the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario warned Friday.

"A lot more children are going to be exposed . . . They are the most at risk of harm. Their brains are still developing," Dr. Hirotaka Yamashiro said. "Ontario is not ready to deal with the risks."

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12 US CT: UConn Study: Teenage Pot And Alcohol Use Can Reduce SuccessMon, 06 Nov 2017
Source:Hartford Courant (CT) Author:Hladky, Gregory B. Area:Connecticut Lines:62 Added:11/06/2017

Teens who use a lot of marijuana and alcohol are less likely to have a full time job when they grow up, or to get a college education or get married, according to a new study by University of Connecticut researchers.

The study of 1,165 young adults from across the U.S. also found that dependence on pot and booze may also have a "more severe effect on young men" than on young women.

"This study found that chronic marijuana use in adolescence was negatively associated with achieving important developmental milestones in young adulthood." - Elizabeth Harari, University of Connecticut researcher.

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13CN BC: Column: Kids Must Be Told The Full Story On Pot's Health RisksSat, 21 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Ross, Jessica Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/21/2017

Action needed as legalization looms, Dr. Jessica Ross says.

That was definitely vomit, I thought as I stepped in a slippery substance and caught the rail of the stretcher to avoid sliding underneath. That bilious smell doesn't come out of shoes.

After ordering an intravenous, a cocktail of anti-emetics and a change of footwear for myself, I run through a mental list. What causes a 14-year-old patient to vomit like this? Appendicitis? Meningitis? Overdose? As an emergency room physician, it's always Big Bad Diagnoses that run through my mind first.

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14 CN ON: Column: Is Legalization Good For Our Children?Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Saint-Aubin, Etienne Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:10/21/2017

A grandparent's prayer on the move to legalize marijuana use

In speaking of how we were all united in so many simple but important ways on this earth, John F. Kennedy once said: "Our basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

What follows is this mortal grandfather's prayer for his grandchildren.

For as it is true that we all cherish our children's future so do we hold so dear that of our grandchildren. In a way, we perhaps see them as our envoys into a future time. As they give us hope for a better world, our heart aches with longing for a world of many tomorrows that will at least be safe and welcoming for them.

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15 CN NS: Grade 5 Students Are Winning Race Against Drugs In AmherstFri, 20 Oct 2017
Source:Amherst News (CN NS) Author:Gooding, Christopher Area:Nova Scotia Lines:63 Added:10/20/2017

A new school year is underway and the race is on to deliver a drug and alcohol-free message to children in Cumberland County.

Grade 5 students attending Springhill's two elementary schools, schools in Amherst and neighbouring Northport joined forces to participate in this year's Racing Against Drugs. Sponsored by the Amherst Lions and Lioness Clubs and Amherst Police, community partners like Maggie's Place, Amherst Restorative Justice and many more delivered healthy living messages while empowering students with knowledge through fun.

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16CN ON: Will Teens Cross Bridge To Buy Pot In Gatineau?Mon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

If Ontarians, 18, can buy pot in Quebec, they'll need to find a place to smoke it

Ottawa 18-year-olds have for years gleefully evaded Ontario's age requirement of 19 to buy alcohol by making a short trip across the Ottawa River to drink legally in Quebec.

Now that provincial age discrepancy appears likely to be replicated for pot smokers, too, with reports the Quebec government intends to set the legal age for buying marijuana at 18.

Ontario has already announced an age of 19 to buy or possess pot when it's legalized by the federal government. That's also Ontario's legal drinking age.

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17 Canada: Feds Issue Tender For Anti-Marijuana Campaign Aimed At YouthFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Beswick, Aaron Area:Canada Lines:72 Added:09/27/2017

Health Canada doesn't want kids smoking pot.

The federal agency responsible for the health of Canadians issued a tender call Thursday for a marketing campaign to raise awareness among youth aged 13 to 24 about the harmful affects of smoking marijuana on their still-developing brains.

It also wants pre- and post-campaign monitoring of the awareness of youth of the affects.

The advertising campaign will roll out in anticipation of Canada's legalizing marijuana next year.

Ed McHugh, a professor at St. Mary's University's marketing department, offered a warning.

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18 CN BC: LTE: Youth At Risk With Liberal Plan To Legalize PotFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Munro, A. T. Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:09/27/2017

Editor:

There is no doubt in my mind that the proposal by the prime minister to legalize marijuana has not been well thought out, especially with the devastating drug problems we are now facing.

The effect of narcotics on the development of the brain has been well researched. Scientific studies have proven that mental disorders, schizophrenia, suicides, etc. are much higher among those who take these drugs than those who do not.

Postnatal brain development occurs over a long period that lasts into adolescence and some say into the 20s. Our youth are at risk. We certainly do not need more soft drugs on the street that are available to an impressionable age group trying to cope with their own stresses at school, at home, on the street, etc.

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19 CN ON: Editorial: Opioid Dangers Must Be Taught To StudentsSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:09/27/2017

Schools have been called upon to teach more than the Three Rs for many decades now, but they should add one more assignment to their long list of lessons: Warning students about drug use, especially deadly opioids.

There'll be some who'll say such a message will fall on deaf ears, but we have a duty to try. Today's young people deserve credit for their sensible approach to hazards such as cigarette smoking and impaired driving - they certainly exhibit more common sense than many of their predecessors.

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20CN SN: Letter: No Legal Means For Youths To Get PotThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Wilson-Raybould, Jody Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/23/2017

Re: Ashley Robinson's article (Kids will be able to possess weed under federal marijuanalegislation, Sept. 15):

The Government of Canada's position is clear: youth should not have any amount of cannabis. As Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said, under Bill C-45 there will be no legal means for a young person to obtain recreational cannabis. C-45 will also, for the first time, make it a criminal offence to sell cannabis to a minor and create significant penalties for those who engage youth in related offences.

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