The Register-Guard, 16 Nov 2014 - Let me begin by acknowledging that the sky will not fall next July once the adult recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Oregon. In fact, the new voter-approved law reforms criminal justice practices relating to marijuana possession, and it directs 25 percent of the revenue from the marijuana tax to drug education and treatment, and 40 percent of the revenue to public schools. These are welcome things, the cognitive dissonance of drug-built, drug-free schools notwithstanding.
Globe and Mail, 10 Nov 2014 - Tobacco is addictive, dangerous and responsible for thousands of deaths in Canada each year. Imagine if the federal government tried to deal with that massive threat by making tobacco illegal and throwing anyone caught with a cigarette in jail. Would that put a stop to smoking? Or simply drive it underground and tie up valuable resources trying to enforce a ban destined to fail?
Toronto Star, 08 Nov 2014 - Hair Analysis Technique No Longer Used but Questions Linger After Reversal of Cocaine Convictions The Hospital for Sick Children is defending the reliability of the hair-strand tests performed by the Motherisk program as calls are mounting for government to review the laboratory's analysis, which has had bearing on possibly thousands of child protection cases.
Oakville Beaver, 06 Nov 2014 - The federal government estimates 80,000 Canadian youths used prescription drugs to get high last year and has launched a marketing campaign to get parents talking to teenagers about the effects of illicit drugs, including marijuana. Halton MP Lisa Raitt recently launched the Health Canada campaign in Oakville as part of the government's $44.9-million, five-year expanded National Anti-Drug Strategy.
Surrey Leader, 06 Nov 2014 - Fewer teens South of the Fraser are drinking or taking drugs than five years ago, according to a comprehensive new study that paints a generally improved portrait of adolescent health in B.C. The McCreary Centre Society surveyed 30,000 B.C. students in grades 7 to 12 in 2013 and released itsdetailed report Tuesday on the Fraser South region, which includes Delta, Surrey and Langley school districts.
The Mirror, 02 Nov 2014 - My blood boils when I hear loony liberal politicians (I'm thinking Nick Clegg) and middle class do-gooders telling us that ALL drugs should be legalised. That heroin, crack cocaine and LSD should all be freely available - even to teenagers. Their argument is that if the State was in charge of the drugs industry instead of criminal gangs then the drugs wouldn't be toxic and fewer people would die.
Daily Telegraph, 31 Oct 2014 - DAVID CAMERON is refusing Liberal Democrat calls to review the Government's drugs policy, warning that as a parent he does not want to send out the message that taking illegal substances is "OK or safe". The Prime Minister insisted that the current approach to drugs was having an impact as abuse was falling, following a major Coalition row sparked by a Home Office report backed by the Lib Dems that suggested easing laws on hard drugs would not increase the number of users. Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday attacked the Tory party's "facile" and "frightened" approach to drugs after Downing Street distanced itself from the report. Mr Cameron said yesterday that changing Britain's drugs policy would be "dangerous".
Seattle Times, 31 Oct 2014 - SPD Tells Parents to Take Usual Precautions Just Candy in Original Wrap Seattle police say to watch your children's Halloween candy closely, but don't be too concerned about pot-infused treats sneaking in.
Westword, 30 Oct 2014 - Dear Stoner: Do you think the Denver Police Department is right, and kids are going to get pot candy in their bags? Frank N. Stein Dear Frank: Not at all. This is just an updated version of the tired old story that fearmongering cops - and paranoid parents - have been pushing since the '70s. The idea is that some mythical Halloween Scrooge is out to hurt kids by giving away tainted candy.
Springfield Sun, 26 Oct 2014 - The medical marijuana bill awaiting a vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives never made it off the table. How sad for the many young children suffering from severe seizures and other medical problems that SB 1182 is designed to help.
Sun-Sentinel, 26 Oct 2014 - Stay or go: That's the choice Florida families with sick children may face as voters decide whether to allow expanded use of medical marijuana. Even with approval, no one is sure how quickly the strains would be available to the public. Nicolas Peruyero was 8 years old, blind and unable to walk or talk when his mother saw a documentary about the benefits of medical marijuana and its promise to reduce seizures.
Connecticut Post, 23 Oct 2014 - MEXICO CITY (AP) - Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste to fuel the U.S. heroin market. The statements painted the fullest picture yet of the control that is exercised by gangs over a broad swath of Mexico's hot lands in Guerrero state. The Guerreros Unidos cartel's deep connections with local officials in the city of Iguala came to a head Sept. 26 when the mayor ordered municipal police to detain protesting students, who were then turned over to the drug gang.
The Gainesville Sun, 22 Oct 2014 - The University of Florida Levin College of Law student law review is holding a panel discussion Friday on marijuana legalization. The discussion, "Legalize Marijuana? A Conversation with the Experts," begins at 10 a.m. in the Phillips Center for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.
London Free Press, 21 Oct 2014 - HEALTH: Scientists at Lawson Health Research Institute find marijuana use increases abnormal brain activity While some think a marijuana joint is an antidote for depression, the opposite may be true, a study by researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute in London shows. Using an MRI that detects brain activity, scientists found that youth who both suffer from depression and use marijuana had more abnormal activity than those who face either of those separately. "Some people Elizabeth Osuch have suggested that marijuana may be an effective treatment for depression. Our results suggest that this conclusion is premature," said Elizabeth Osuch. "These findings suggest that depressed youth increase their risk of functional brain abnormalities through the use of marijuana and that more research into these effects is needed."
Globe and Mail, 17 Oct 2014 - Because their brains are still developing, adolescents may be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of marijuana. During this crucial period, brain connections are strengthened through myelination - growth of fatty insulation around the neurons - as well as a "pruning" of inefficient neural connections. It's a lengthy process, stretching past the postsecondary years to at least 25.
The Citizens' Voice, 10 Oct 2014 - It looks like the medical marijuana bill currently sitting in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is probably off the table this year. How sad for the many young children suffering from severe seizures and other medical problems that SB 1182 is designed to help.
Wall Street Journal, 06 Oct 2014 - Use of Cages Has Been Criticized by the State's Legal Marijuana Industry; Mocked by Some Young People DENVER-In a state where legal marijuana seemingly is everywhere, Colorado public health officials have taken an unusual approach to warning teenagers about the dangers of the drug: likening young pot smokers to laboratory animals. Concerned about a potential jump in youth marijuana use now that the state has legalized the drug for adults, Colorado is displaying three human-size cages in various communities with signs that bear provocative messages about the drug's pitfalls, as part of its "Don't Be A Lab Rat" campaign. "Does Marijuana really cause schizophrenia in teenagers? Smoke and find out," one sign says. "Subjects needed. Must be a teenager. Must smoke weed. Must have 8 IQ points to spare," reads another.
Kenora Daily Miner And News, 30 Sep 2014 - One out of every five Kenora Grade 12 students smoke tobacco enough to be considered 'current smokers,' according to the Northwestern Health Unit. The health unit has released the results its annual COMPASS survey which provides a snapshot of the health and life practices of Kenora's teenagers from Grades 9 to 12.
Morning Journal, 28 Sep 2014 - Teens in Lorain County schools are creating this month for an awareness campaign with a message that young people do not need marijuana to succeed in life. Elaine Georgas, executive director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services of Lorain County, said teens designed the campaign in the spring, "We don't need weed to succeed."