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Canada: Pot Goodies Pose Health Risks To Kids, Federal Paper

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 02 May 2016 - OTTAWA - Bite-sized marijuana goodies such as candies and cookies pose "significant risks" to children who might accidentally swallow them, warns a draft federal discussion paper on pot legalization. It flags the public safety concern as one of the many obstacles Canada must negotiate on the path to regulating the drug, drawing on tragic lessons from Colorado.
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CN AB: Youth Trying Opioids First

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 26 Apr 2016 - Many Users Are Skipping Over Gateway Drugs An Edmonton addictions specialist says an increasing number of teens are skipping booze and pot and jumping straight to hard drugs such as fentanyl. "We've never been this busy," said Metro City Medical Clinic's medical director, Dr. Hakique Virani. "One of the differences we're seeing today (versus) four to six years ago is the number of young people who come in looking for treatment because they're addicted to opioids - including fentanyl - never having used marijuana, never having drank alcohol."
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US CO: Youth Pot-Smoking Rate Steady Amid Legalization

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 19 Apr 2016 - Colorado kids are not smoking more pot since the drug became legal - but their older siblings and parents certainly are, according to a long-awaited report giving the most comprehensive data yet on the effects of the state's 2012 recreational-marijuana law. The state released a report Monday detailing changes in everything from pot arrests to tax collections to calls to Poison Control. Surveys given to middle-schoolers and high-schoolers indicate that youth marijuana use didn't rise significantly in the years after the 2012 vote.
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Canada: Mothers Of Drug Victims To Carry Children's Voices To UN

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Apr 2016 - Nearly four years after her daughter died of an opioid overdose, Donna May will share her story of loss and learning at the United Nations. Ms. May's daughter Jac, 35, died on Aug. 21, 2012, after overdosing on pain medication prescribed to help her cope with a flesh-eating disease she'd contracted after years of addiction and life on the streets =2E
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CN ON: Bongs, Hash Pipes? Not Near Our Kids, Parents Say

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:00
Markham Economist & Sun, 15 Apr 2016 - Every week, one Unionville resident stopped in at the local convenience store to buy milk and lottery tickets. That is until she noticed some of what she considered unsightly items for sale - hash pipes, bongs and rolling papers.
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CN ON: Students Dare To Face Peer Pressure

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 13 Apr 2016 - Officer-Led Program Emphasizes Good Decision Making Knowledge is power. and Emily Hind feels powerful after graduating from the North Bay Police Service's dare (drug abuse resistance education) program Tuesday morning.
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New Zealand: Kids At Risk In 'P' Homes

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:00
Gisborne Herald, 13 Apr 2016 - As Drugs, Cash, Guns, Houses, Vehicles Seized, Police Ask Community To Make A Stand Against 'insidious' Drug And Say They Can't Do It Alone. POLICE were appalled during the latest big drug operation here to see children in homes where "P" was being dealt and the officer in charge of the raids says the community "must stand against this insidious drug".
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US IL: Pot Extract Could Help Kids With Epilepsy

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 04 Apr 2016 - Clinical Trial Shows Reduced Seizures in Children, Possibly Increasing Chances of FDA Approval A marijuana extract significantly reduced seizures in severely epileptic children, according to a landmark study conducted in part at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
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CN ON: Regulating Pot Benefits Kids: Margaret Trudeau

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 03 Apr 2016 - Margaret Trudeau, mother of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, used a speech at a Mississauga Catholic high school Saturday to advocate for the regulation of marijuana. In a wide-ranging and unvarnished talk about her decades-long battle with mental illness, the bestselling author and former wife of prime minister Pierre Trudeau said evidence shows that marijuana is damaging to children's brains.
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Chronicle AM: Michiganders Say Legalize, Kansas MedMj Mom Sues Over Son's Removal, More... (3/28/16)

Youth (STDW) - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 22:25

Popular sentiment favors marijuana legalization in Michigan, Denver activists plan an initiative to approve cannabis social clubs, Florida's CBD cannabis oil law gets expanded, and more.

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Michigan Poll Has Majority Support for Legalization. A new SurveyUSA poll commissioned by Michigan marijuana activists finds support for legalization at 54%. The poll comes as activists there struggle to get legalization initiatives on the ballot.

Denver Activists Renew Push for Cannabis Clubs. Activists with Responsible Use Denver submitted ballot language last Friday for an initiative to allow for private marijuana social clubs and to allow for public pot use at special events with a permit. The move comes a year after backers of a similar measure dropped it in favor of working with city officials to craft a policy. The initiative will need 5,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot; the group says it is aiming at 10,000 raw signatures.

Medical Marijuana

Florida Governor Signs CBD Expansion Bills Into Law. Gov. Rick Scott (R) has signed into law House Bill 307 and House Bill 1313, which expands the state's CBC cannabis oil law and fixing some problems related to that law which resulted in patients not getting their medicine because of challenges setting up the industry.

Kansas Medical Marijuana Mom Sues Over Son's Removal. Activist Shona Bana last Thursday filed a federal civil rights lawsuit last Thursday over the state's questioning and removal of her 11-year-old son after he spoke up in school about her using and possessing marijuana. She is claiming the state deprived her of her civil rights by not allowing her to use medical marijuana to treat her Crohn's Disease and that local police and school officials improperly questioned her son.

MPP-Backed Ohio Initiative Cleared for Circulation. The initiative from Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, which is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, has been cleared for circulation. Attorney General Mike DeWine last Friday approved the summary language. At least two other proposed medical marijuana initiative have been rejected by DeWine, as was an earlier version of this one.


Pennsylvania Coroner Now Classifying Heroin Overdoses as "Homicides." Lycoming County Coroner Charles Kiessling has started listing accidental fatal heroin overdoses as homicides. "If you are selling heroin to someone and they die, isn't that homicide?" he asked. "If you are dealing drugs, you are a murderer." Most coroners in the state list heroin overdose deaths as "accidental," not "homicide."

Drug Testing

West Virginia Imposes Drug Testing on High School Students in Tech Ed Courses. All high school students in third and fourth year career technical education courses will be required to submit to drug tests beginning next school year. It's part of the Department of Education's Simulated Workplace program. It's unclear whether the drug testing complies with Supreme Court rulings that limit mandatory, suspicionless drug testing to select groups of students, but would appear to be ripe for a legal challenge.

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CN AB: Students Seem To Be Reluctant To Acquire Free Naloxone Kits

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 28 Mar 2016 - University makes antidote to lethal opioid freely available Dirk Chisholm hopes he never has to give a shot of naloxone to an overdosing student on campus, but he's readily equipped if need be. Chisholm, who's part of an EMT certified group of University of Calgary students that assist in on campus medical calls, said the group has recently been given naloxone to combat on campus overdoses. Naloxone is an antidote that can reverse fentanyl overdoses.
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US MA: Schools Doing Drug Screenings Laud Benefits for Students

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 03/27/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 27 Mar 2016 - As a law requiring Massachusetts schools to conduct drug screenings becomes a reality, several of the 10 districts that already perform the assessments say the evaluations have proven to be a key tool in the early detection of a range of potential substance abuse problems among students. Wilmington Superintendent Mary DeLai, whose district began assessing 10th-graders three years ago on its own, began screening seventh-graders this year for substance abuse signs. She said the tests were another way for students to discuss their feelings with an adult who will listen.
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US CT: Editorial: Extend Marijuana Use to Ease Child Suffering

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 07:00
The Day, 20 Mar 2016 - The state legislature should pass a law legalizing the use of marijuana for patients under 18. Children who have no other options should not be denied this medicine. The worst pain a parent can imagine is the loss of a child. Almost as devastating is to watch a child suffer. If the suffering continues for a long time, or repeats over and over again, the helplessness is agonizing for parents, who would do anything to stop it.
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US IL: Drug Issue Sizable For Juvenile Offenders

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 18 Mar 2016 - Study Drives Home Need for Substance Counseling Services More than 90 percent of males and nearly 80 percent of females who went through Cook County's juvenile detention center were diagnosed with drug or alcohol abuse and dependency at some point in their lives from childhood through their 20s and 30s, according to newly released findings from a Northwestern Medicine study.
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CN ON: Coroner's Inquest Proposals Cover Pot, Police, Youth Workers

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 15 Mar 2016 - 18 recommendations from Chinnery jury focus on prevention, reaction A coroner's jury looking into the shooting death of Andreas Chinnery by police is proposing wide-ranging recommendations, from controlling young people's marijuana use to police using lapel cameras.
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US CT: Bill On Medical Marijuana For Kids Gaining Support

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 07:00
The Day, 14 Mar 2016 - Linda Lloyd doesn't want to leave her home in Pawcatuck, where her 6-year-old son, Henry, attends "the best school ... he could possibly attend" and has a support network of family and friends close by. "Please don't force me to move out of state and leave my home in order to give my son a fighting chance," Lloyd told the state legislature's Public Health Committee during a hearing earlier this month.
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