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CN QU: Edu: Student Group Tackles Misconceptions Surrounding

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:00
McGill Tribune, 02 Feb 2016 - Focuses on addiction and economic impacts On Jan. 27, students discussed cannabis legalization at an open forum held at the Yellow Door, led by the McGill chapter of the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP). Their goal as an organization, according to their website, is to discuss the negative impacts of drug policies on individuals and communities.
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CN ON: Survey Suggests More Peel Youth Drive Stoned Than Drunk

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 08:00
Brampton Guardian, 29 Jan 2016 - Data from a recent survey by Peel's health services department suggests more youth are using illicit drugs than lighting up cigarettes and young drivers may be more likely to get behind the wheel of a car stoned than drunk. The data comes from results of a 2013 survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
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CN BC: Pot Shops Not Far Enough Away From Children: School

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 26 Jan 2016 - Vancouver's pot-shop bylaw doesn't keep storefront cannabis sales far enough away from students, a school board trustee says, and he's urging the city once again to toughen the licensing provisions. The board asked city council last June to force licensed dispensaries to keep 500 metres away from any school, but the new bylaw created a buffer zone of 300 metres.
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CN ON: Column: Dealing With Drug-Abusing Teen Not For The

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 26 Jan 2016 - DEALING WITH DRUG-ABUSING TEEN NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART Q: Our son has a drug problem. He uses marijuana daily. He continues to bring it into our home even though we ask him not to. His grades have dropped drastically and we don't like the friends he hangs out with. He argues that marijuana is harmless and uses information from the Internet to support his point of view. Clearly our arguing is going nowhere, but we don't know what to do and we don't want to kick him out of our home. What more can we do?
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CN BC: Fourteen Vancouver Pot Shops One Step Closer To

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 21 Jan 2016 - Fourteen applicants are one step closer to running a licensed marijuana dispensary in Vancouver as the city attempts to impose some control on the illegal retail sale of cannabis. The applicants include a current owner who acknowledges a past association with the Hells Angels, and the identity of those behind seven others remains unknown. Letters published on the city's development services website had names missing or redacted.
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CN ON: Keep Pot Away From Teens, Researchers Urge

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
The Chatham Daily News, 12 Jan 2016 - Western Researchers Found Marijuana Poses Serious Consequences for Teens, but Not Adults Turns out getting stoned on marijuana carries much more dire consequences for teenagers than for adults -- at least if you're a rat and part of a new study released Monday by researchers in London.
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CN ON: Keep Pot Away From Teens, Researchers Urge

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
The Observer, 12 Jan 2016 - Western researchers found marijuana poses serious consequences for teens, but not adults Turns out getting stoned on marijuana carries much more dire consequences for teenagers than for adults -- at least if you're a rat and part of a new study released Monday by researchers in London.
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US: Schools Across U.S. Grapple With Students' Medical

Youth (MAP) - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 09 Jan 2016 - AUBURN, Maine (AP) - After years of trying to keep marijuana out of schools, educators across the country are grappling with how to administer cannabis to students with prescriptions for it. Medical marijuana has been legal in some states for two decades but school districts and lawmakers are only now starting to grapple with thorny issues about student use of a drug still illegal under federal law.
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CN ON: Drug Use Prevention Program Is About Kids

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 08:00
The Expositor, 18 Dec 2015 - An updated program of drug, mental health and social media awareness is being presented to children and youth in Brantford schools. Part of a changeover that began in 2014 as a pilot project across city schools in both the public and separate boards resulted in an agency name change to TICK (Teaching Intelligent Choices to Kids) from the former DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).
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Canada: Column: Teens and Toking: It's Not Doing Them Any

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Dec 2015 - Legalizing marijuana is now an official goal of the federal government, and not just a campaign promise. Ontario's Premier even suggested this week that the province's liquor stores could sell weed next to wine. The natural worry for parents and policy-makers is what this might mean for teenagers. Erin Anderssen outlines what you need to know What does science say about a teenager's brain on pot?
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Annual Study Finds Legalization Hasn't Increased Teen Use [FEATURE]

Youth (STDW) - Wed, 12/16/2015 - 08:40

The article was written in collaboration with AlterNet and first appeared here.

The University of Michigan's annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of teen drug use was released today and shows that softening attitudes toward marijuana and actual marijuana legalization in four states and Washington, DC, have not translated into increased teen pot smoking.

[image:1 align:left]The survey also had generally good news about other drugs, reported declines in teen use of ecstasy, heroin, alcohol, cigarettes, and synthetic cannabinoids.

MTF has been tracking drug use, including alcohol and tobacco, since 1975, and surveys more than 40,000 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in some 400 public and private secondary schools across the country. The research is sponsored by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse.

"Marijuana, the most widely used of the illicit drugs, did not show any significant change in annual prevalence this year in any of the three grades, nor in the three grades combined," MTF reported in its press release. "After rising for several years, the annual prevalence of marijuana has more or less leveled out since about 2010."

That's significant since legalization wasn't approved in Colorado and Washington until November 2012 and in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC, in November 2014. And in each case, it took some time to actually go into effect.

If legalization in the states has had any effect on teen pot use rates, the MTF figures make clear it hasn't shown up yet. Teen pot use stabilized before legalization and hasn't increased since.

While use rates have been stable for the last five years, with 12% of 8th graders, 25% of 10th graders, and 35% of seniors reporting using at least once in the past year, they are well above the historic lows that MTF reported in the early 1990s (although near the levels of the survey's earliest years in the 1970s, which, interestingly, are omitted from the tables accompanying this year's report).

The report also found that a tiny fraction of teens are using marijuana regularly. These rates stand at 1.1%, 3.0% and 6.0% in 8th, 10th and 12th grades, respectively. These rates are also higher than the historic lows from the early 1990s.

The stabilization of teen marijuana use comes even as MTF reports that the percentage of students who see its use as carrying a great risk has declined dramatically. Fewer than a third (32%) of seniors saw a great risk, down from 58% in 2005, and similar decreases obtained for 8th and 10th graders.

And it comes even as teen support for legalization grows. A June 2014 MTF report noted that, "The proportion of 12th-grade students who favor legalization of marijuana was at the highest level ever recorded" and, "The proportion of 12th-grade students who favor marijuana use as a crime is at the lowest level ever recorded by the survey."

Students for Sensible Drug Policy was quick to make the obvious point.

"Youth marijuana use is stable, and even falling in some categories, all while a growing number of states enact legalization," said Betty Aldworth, the group's executive director. "This new data solidifies early indications that the scare tactics peddled by prohibitionists are false. Criminalization isn't the way to encourage young people to make healthy choices; regulating a legal market and honest, reality-based education is."

"That fact is made even more clear by the continued reduction in youth tobacco and alcohol use. We didn't need to put anyone in handcuffs or jail cells to convince an historic number of students to avoid smoking and drinking. These reductions were achieved with honest, evidence-based public health strategies and not by criminalizing cigarettes or beer. Drug use is a health matter and should be treated that way," Aldworth concluded.

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