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1 CN ON: Many Teens Get Into Cars With Impaired DriversThu, 18 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:05/20/2017

One in three high school students reports riding with a driver who has been drinking and one in five got in a car with a driver that consumed marijuana, according to a new University of Waterloo study.

Half of all students in Grades 11 and 12 admitted to at least one risky behaviour, either driving after drinking or using marijuana or being a passenger in the car of an impaired driver.

"For half of kids to be putting themselves in that kind of risk seems really high," said Leia Minaker, lead author on the paper and an assistant professor at Waterloo.

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2 CN AB: PUB LTE: Marijuana Law Actually Protects KidsThu, 18 May 2017
Source:Sherwood Park News (CN AB) Author:Maki, Heather Area:Alberta Lines:54 Added:05/18/2017

Re: "Marijuana law doesn't protect kids," April 21, Opinion - Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan MP Garnett Genuis, The News:

Genuis' bold claim is that the "new proposed marijuana legislation will allow anyone under age 12 to 17 to possess and distribute up to five grams of marijuana." This is, quite simply, a falsehood. The new proposed legislation does not only go on "at length about the importance of keeping marijuana from children," but it has made it clear that the purpose of legalizing marijuana is to, in fact, keep it out of the hands of Canadian youth.

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3 CN ON: Alarm Raised On Students' Marijuana UseFri, 12 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Outhit, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:05/15/2017

High schoolers who smoke weed are dazed and confused, UW study finds

WATERLOO - What happens if you start smoking marijuana in high school? Do you risk turning into a laid-back stoner, your grades and university ambitions fading in a haze?

The answer is 'yes' according to public health research out of the University of Waterloo. It calls on high schools to help prevent this from happening.

The study tracked 26,475 Ontario and Alberta students over time, measuring changes as some students began to smoke marijuana rarely, or more often.

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4 CN ON: Pot Use Up Among TeensThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Orillia Today (CN ON) Author:Philips, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:107 Added:05/15/2017

Study indicates teens smoking marijuana more than tobacco

Mary Jane appears to be overtaking the Marlboro Man as the plant of choice among high-school students.

"We all know about the problems with cigarettes," said Orillia high school student Brayden, 17. "They're bad for your health, but the long-term effects of marijuana are way better."

A new study by the University of Waterloo's Propel Centre for Population Health Impact suggests cannabis has replaced cigarettes as the inhalation product of choice among students in grades 7 to 12.

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5 CN AB: Children Living In Houses Where Drugs SeizedThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Kuhl, Nick Area:Alberta Lines:64 Added:05/15/2017

Several young children were found living in drug houses on the city's westside, while five people face charges under Alberta's Drug Endangered Children's Act after ALERT recently seized nearly $100,000 worth of drugs and cash.

ALERT's organized crime and drug unit in Lethbridge, along with Lethbridge Police Service members, executed four search warrants on vehicles and homes in west Lethbridge late last week to conclude an investigation that began in late 2016.

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6 Canada: Daily Marijuana Use By Teens CommonWed, 10 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Canada Lines:64 Added:05/15/2017

About 43,000 Canadian students use pot every day: report

WATERLOO - Just as many teenagers use marijuana every day as smoke cigarettes, according to a new University of Waterloo report.

Two per cent of Canadian students in grades 7 to 12 - equivalent to more than 43,000 students - use marijuana every day. That's compared to daily smoking at 1.8 per cent.

Among Grade 12 students, daily marijuana use jumps to five per cent.

"The myth is marijuana smoke is not as bad for you," said David Hammond, a professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at Waterloo and co-author of the supplement to Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends. "It's just as harmful." Occasional cannabis use remains high among youth with one in five students reporting trying it, and one in 10 reporting use in the last 30 days.

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7 CN BC: Column: Will Legalization Keep Pot Away From Kids?Sat, 06 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:British Columbia Lines:161 Added:05/08/2017

"We are moving forward to ensure that we keep ... cannabis out of the hands of young people." - Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, May 1 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA -During the 2015 election, the federal Liberals campaigned on a plan to greenlight marijuana for recreational use to keep it of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands of criminals.

The party's election platform said Canada's current approach - criminalizing people for possession and use - traps too many Canadians in the justice system for minor offences.

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8US CO: Keeping Candies Away From KidsSat, 06 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kane, Laura Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:05/08/2017

Colorado's edible pot industry goes from public enemy to public-health leader, and wants Canada to take note

BOULDER, Colorado - A tray of tempting pastel-coloured candies sits on a countertop inside AmeriCanna's production facility. Although shaped like pot leaves and stamped with Colorado's universal symbol for the mind-altering ingredient in cannabis - a diamond containing the letters "THC" - the gummies would only provide a sugar high at this point.

Working with precision and speed, the kitchen supervisor uses a device to soak each candy with marijuana extract, so that each piece contains exactly 10 milligrams of THC, a single dose under the state's regulations.

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9Israel: Marijuana May Be A Miracle Treatment For Children With AutismTue, 25 Apr 2017
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Schwartz, Yardena Area:Israel Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2017

MODI'IN, ISRAEL - When Noa Shulman came home from school, her mother, Yael, sat her down to eat, then spoon-fed her mashed sweet potatoes - mixed with cannabis oil.

Noa, who has a severe form of autism, started to bite her own arm. "No sweetie," Yael gently told her 17-year-old daughter. "Here, have another bite of this."

Noa is part of the first clinical trial in the world to test the benefits of medicinal marijuana for young people with autism, a potential breakthrough that would offer relief for millions of afflicted children - and their anguished parents.

There is anecdotal evidence that marijuana's main non-psychoactive compound - cannabidiol or CBD - helps children in ways no other medication has. Now this first-of-its-kind scientific study is trying to determine if the link is real.

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10 Canada: Feds Want Leniency For Teens With PotTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:Canada Lines:58 Added:04/21/2017

OTTAWA - The federal government has tailored its highly anticipated marijuana legislation to ensure younger teens don't wind up with criminal records for pot possession.

Currently, people between 12 and 17 can be charged for having any amount of marijuana, but the newly tabled legislation proposes that people under age 18 would not face criminal prosecution for possessing or sharing up to five grams.

Bill Blair, a Liberal MP working with federal ministers on the legislation, said Monday the ultimate goal is to give provinces and territories flexibility to prohibit young people from possessing any amount of cannabis, with the option to introduce non-criminal sanctions for having a small amount.

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11 Canada: Feds Want Teens To Avoid RecordTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:Canada Lines:89 Added:04/21/2017

Currently, kids between 12 and 17 can be charged for having any amount of marijuana

OTTAWA - The federal government has tailored its highly anticipated marijuana legislation to ensure younger teens don't wind up with criminal records for pot possession. Currently, people between the ages of 12 and 17 can be charged for having any amount of marijuana, but the newly tabled legislation proposes that people under age 18 would not face criminal prosecution for possessing or sharing up to five grams.

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12 CN BC: LTE: Proposed Pot Laws Will Give Kids Easier Access To DrugTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Davis, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:25 Added:04/21/2017

So the new liberal marijuana laws legalizing the drug will protect our "youth," Liberal cabinet ministers say, noting their proposed increased penalties for providing pot to minors.

Could they not have just increased and enforced these laws, anyway?

Also, now that we will be able to have three plants in the homes, the kids will be able to pick off a leaf or two instead of finding it outside. How convenient!

Bill Davis, New Westminster

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13 CN ON: LTE: Legalizing Marijuana Will Harm Our YouthMon, 17 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Summers, Catharina Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:04/19/2017

Re: Fat chance pot bill will do any good, DiManno, April 13

Thank you, Rosie DiManno. You raise a serious concern about the impact the legalization of marijuana will have on our youth.

It is basically legitimizing a drug that is harmful for adolescents at the same time as telling them that their parents can grow four plants in your home, can smoke up, etc.

But you can't have any, unless you find another source.

Today's youth have been finding another source for many years and, considering that our youth are among the highest users in the world, they have been very successful at it.

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14Canada: Legalizing Pot Unlikely To Sway Teen AttitudesSun, 16 Apr 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Thompson, Nicole Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

Some teens say their likelihood of using weed hasn't changed since the Liberal government announced details of its legalization plan - though they say it's made them more aware of information on both sides of the debate.

Government officials announced Thursday that cannabis would be made legal for recreational use by July 2018, and those aged 18 and over will be able to buy and grow a small amount of the drug for themselves.

But even as marijuana becomes more mainstream, several teens said their opinions about the drug have remained the same.

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15 CN ON: Marijuana Not Legal Yet, Youth LearnsSat, 15 Apr 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:78 Added:04/19/2017

Teen marijuana smoker declares, in Sarnia court, it's legal

A 17-year-old teen who said he's been a long-time user of marijuana announced Thursday in Sarnia court that the narcotic was legal, on the same day federal legislation was introduced.

The youth pleaded guilty to a probation violation and to possession of under 30 grams of marijuana. "It's legal now," the youth said. Justice Mark Hornblower said while changes in legislation may be made by the federal government, marijuana use will remain illegal for those who are the teen's age.

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16 CN MB: Edu: Editorial: Pot Legalization Wonat Solve Trudeau's YouthWed, 05 Apr 2017
Source:Manitoban, The (CN MB, Edu) Author:Garber, Levi Area:Manitoba Lines:158 Added:04/08/2017

The Liberals owe young Canadians their majority government. They have an obligation to address the issues youth are facing right now.

Get the brownie batter mixing, folks. We've got a landing date for marijuana legalization.

July 2018. Yes, 2018.

Okay, maybe put the batter in the freezer for the time being.

Finally, Trudeau government officials have confirmed that this month they will announce legislation to legalize the recreational use of weed by July 1, 2018.

Obviously, this is a cause that many young Canadians from coast to have been fighting for and whining about for years, if not decades. So much so that giving Canadians the right to light up a bowl or roll a joint was a central promise during Justin Trudeau's election campaign, designed to lure young Canadian voters and portray the Liberals as Canada's youthful party.

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17 CN ON: LTE: Chill Out But Still Teach Kids ControlThu, 06 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Bloom, Stephen Area:Ontario Lines:48 Added:04/06/2017

Re Parents dreading legal weed should chill out, Teitel, April 4

I'd like to thank Emma Teitel for her unsolicited and largely unproven parenting advice regarding pot use.

We practiced democratic parenting when our children were younger in the 1990s and tried very hard to parent by example. While there was some booze in the house, it was always used in moderation and the children were allowed to partake under controlled circumstances. There was never any drug use.

We had open discussions about drugs, sex and booze. In fact, we were open about just about everything with our children when age appropriate.

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18 CN ON: LTE: Chill Out But Still Teach Kids ControlThu, 06 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Wigmore, James G. Area:Ontario Lines:23 Added:04/06/2017

Re Parents dreading legal weed should chill out, Teitel, April 4

I am glad to read that there has been no major influx of teenage cannabis use in Colorado after its legalization. Perhaps it is due in part, to the legal age of cannabis use in Colorado being 21 years.

Perhaps the teenagers in Colorado should celebrate 4/20 up here, as our federal government wants the legal age of cannabis use to be 18.

James G. Wigmore, forensic toxicologist, Toronto

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19 CN ON: LTE: Head Off The Need For Drugs Among TeensTue, 21 Mar 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Nihme, Michael Area:Ontario Lines:30 Added:03/21/2017

To the editor: Whether it be teen and pre-teen angst, home life trauma or latent mental illness, something is causing the pain that has our children turning to the medicine cabinet for relief. Once they do, they may trigger a mental illness, an inherited addiction, or a need for a bigger thrill (party on!).

Our children have to be approached early on in order to head off the need for drugs to alleviate emotional pain. Strong and sympathetic parents, or teachers/counsellors, are needed to help us understand and appreciate their pain or the pain their peers are experiencing. Group discussion may also greatly benefit our children.

Drugs are not the answer; sympathy, compassion and early intervention are. And legalized marijuana will only exacerbate the opioid crisis.

Michael Nihme

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20 CN ON: Column: Legal Pot Gives Teens The Best ProtectionSat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:D'Amato, Luisa Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:03/06/2017

Marijuana will soon be legal in Canada. But what does that mean for the safety of our teenagers?

The simple election promise made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, one which he shows every sign of keeping, turns out not to be simple at all. What kind of restrictions should there be around selling weed? Will it be tested so that we can be sure it's safe?

What should be the minimum age to buy it? Who's going to sell it? If the government taxes it, what should happen to the money? And what about impaired driving?

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