Yet another progressive government obviously more concerned with
raking in expected windfalls from selling pot, rather than being
concerned over the potential harm to young people.
Studies in the U.K., the USA and Canada have conclusively shown young
people smoking pot run a greatly enhanced risk of damaging their
developing brains and suffering psychosis and other mental issues
later in life. Our own Canadian Medical Associate has stated nobody
should smoke this dangerous drug, containing 85 canninbinoids with
unknown long-term health and mental consequences, under 21.
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN
is reported to have said, "Every 19 minutes somebody dies of a
prescription drug overdose. It doesn't happen with marijuana." In the
past Gupta was against legalising medical marijuana in the U.S. but
now he is in favour of it. He sees some benefit for certain types of
The use of medical marijuana (medical cannabis) as a medicine has not
been rigorously tested due to several restrictions. But there is some
evidence to suggest cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during
chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce
chronic pain and muscle spasm.
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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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Re: "Managing future of legal marijuana is inside job," Sept. 16.
Michelle Hauser joins millions of other concerned parents 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 emergency
rooms by young people who had used the drug. Expect organized crime
groups to quickly get involved here, meaning access to our youth.
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With marijuana legalization just under a year away, what will happen
to the medicinal users when their supplies are controlled by the government?
Janet Bea* crouched down and covered her head. Her breath came in
short bursts. She was about to leave for work, and this was happening,
once again. She didn't know why, or how. Her mind began racing, and
she couldn't stop shaking. She reached for her phone. She couldn't go
to work, not like this. Bea called into work and cancelled her shift
so another cashier could take over. Then, she reached for her bong.
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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.
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It's been almost two full years since young Justin Trudeau and his
Liberal party performed one of the most impressive revivals of a
political party in Canadian history, regaining power from the Royal
Canadian Harper Government and providing the country what was, in
contrast, a progressive, marketing friendly face to the world. In
addition, Young Justin has benefited from the stark contrast between
his own public persona and that of the pustule of awfulness that has
infested the American White House this year. For many progressives
around the world, he has come not only to represent a kind of politics
in direct opposition to his American counterpart and a signal of hope
to ease the despair of those who see in Trump the moral, economic, and
social failure that he represents.
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We need to figure out how to sell weed in Nova Scotia - we also need
to get more stores to sell healthy food.
Maybe we can use one problem to solve the other: allow stores to sell
weed if they also offer a minimum quantity and quality of fruit and
Access to healthy food is a major problem in Halifax. Getting to a
store that sells broccoli can be a struggle for residents in
Harrietsfield, Middle Musquodoboit and parts of urban neighbourhoods
like Spryfield and north-end Halifax and Dartmouth.
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The B.C. government plans to consult with police, local governments
and the public before deciding how to sell and distribute recreational
marijuana once the federal government legalizes pot next summer.
Solicitor General Mike Farnworth told reporters Thursday that "all
options are on the table," including selling marijuana through
government liquor stores. "We have not made any decisions about that,"
Farnworth said the government intends to gather suggestions on ways to
sell and distribute marijuana, as well as on the appropriate age limit
for purchasing it.
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Government, business community and advocacy groups have varied
As the deadline for the federal government's move to legalize
marijuana in July 2018 approaches, users, stakeholders, business
people and politicians involved in the matter offer a variety of concerns.
Hank Merchant, CEO of HBB Medical, a medical marijuana dispensary,
welcomes the introduction of guidelines and regulations on the sale of
marijuana, "because there are people who have no qualms about
operating outside the law."
"We, as medical marijuana dispensaries, don't do that," Merchant
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As marijuana legalization looms, let's remind lawmakers that the focus
must be on public health, not criminal justice
Twenty-year-old me can't believe 40-year-old me has come to this,
sending out a warning call about the dangers of marijuana. There is
more than a fragrant whiff of do as I say, not as I did about this
But 40-year-old me has seen things 20-year-old me hadn't, such as
people around me coping with addiction and mental illness. So I'm here
to be a wet blanket: As legalization approaches, let's focus on
(spoiler alert, old-lady phrase) our young people.
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Londoners may have found way to reverse THC's psychiatric
Western University researchers may have found a way to reverse the
harmful effects that marijuana use can have on teenagers' brains.
The researchers, in a breakthrough discovery, say they've found a way
to use pharmaceutical drugs to counter the long-term negative
psychiatric effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive
component in cannabis that gives users the feeling of a euphoric high.
Previous research has linked chronic pot use by teens with a range of
psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia later in life, with the
risk rising the earlier that young people begin using marijuana.
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According to Dr. Michael O'Malley and Dr. Kiri Simms (via CBC),
marijuana-induced psychosis has increased in the last 10 years. I do
not dispute their claims.
THC in pot sold on the street contributes to the problem. In fact, as
with any illegal street-sold drug, the more potent the active
ingredient, the better for sales. Yet, it's highly unlikely that the
seller is concerned about the amount of THC in the pot he sells on the
street, except for repeat sales.
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Matthew M. Elrod from Victoria writes to the Prince George Citizen
claiming there is no evidence that cannabis increases the rates of
psychosis. I suggest that he (and any readers of The Citizen who may
want to hear some clear evidence about marijuana induced psychosis)
listen to the recent CBC Victoria broadcast on this very subject. In
this interview Dr. Kiri Simms, an emergency room psychiatrist, gives
an eloquent account of the increasing marijuana induced psychosis that
she sees on a daily basis.
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Dr. Michael O'Malley asserted that "incidence of psychosis has already
been documented by some of the states in the U.S., who rushed to
legalization of marijuana." ("Pot stance off-base," Letters, Aug. 16).
There is no evidence that cannabis usage rates have gone up in the
U.S. states that have legalized cannabis, much less that rates of
psychosis have increased.
There is some evidence that cannabis strains that are high in THC but
low in the anti-psychotic cannabinoid CBD, as well as some important
terpenes, may trigger psychosis in minors so predisposed.
Unfortunately, black market cultivators and dealers prefer such
strains and they do not require proof of age.
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I am disappointed and alarmed at the lack of balance in the editor's
recent editorial on marijuana in the Citizen. He ignores the science
that has clearly documented the neurotoxic effects of marijuana in the
developing brain of the teenager.
Having worked here in Prince George as a family doctor for 31 years
and since then for nine years as a G.P. psychiatrist I see the
destruction that this drug is responsible for when it sparks psychoses
in some individuals. The incidence of this condition will rise with
legalization of this drug. This rise in the incidence of psychosis has
already been documented by some of the states in the U.S., who rushed
to legalization of marijuana.
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Mental health group recommends strict rules on legalized weed sales
When it becomes legal next July, recreational marijuana should be sold
with more restrictions than that other weed - tobacco - says the
Canadian Mental Health Association's Ontario branch.
The group will release a position paper today calling on the province
to ban pot smoking in cars with a "zero tolerance" policy, cap the
amount of THC in cannabis products and use all tax revenues from them
to boost addiction and mental health services.
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Province aims to inform public on the risks associated with the use of
Think of it as Reefer Awareness, not Reefer Madness, an over-the-top
1936 film preaching the evils of marijuana.
With less than a year until the federal government legalizes
recreational marijuana, Ontario is starting work on a public education
campaign to highlight health and other dangers of pot - particularly
to young adults.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins wants the effort to hit the airwaves,
newspapers and social media well before the new pot law kicks in next
July 1 with 19 the likely age of majority in this province.
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So-called bath salts, other street drugs are not a safe way to seek
When someone offers a tiny packet of "bath salts" for sale with a
price tag somewhere between $30 and $50, you know that it is not meant
to be sprinkled into a bathtub. These "bath salts," commonly available
in head shops, online and even in some convenience stores, may sport a
label declaring "not for human consumption," but they are clearly
designed to cater to the insides of the body rather than the outside.
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