10.5.17

"Harmless pot" a big lie

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/01/14/smoking-cannabis-just-teenager-enough-alter-brain-structure/
Grow-op exploded house
• Just one joint can harm teenage brain structure

• Pot grow-op explodes house in Whitby

• Heavy cannabis use tied to strokes, researchers say
• Cannabis-induced psychosis on the rise in N.W.T. prior to legalization, says health dept.
• Cannabis is far from harmless
• Doctors warn pregnant women of cannabis risks
• Top Calgary ER doctor sees spike in cannabis 'poisoning'
• Marijuana-induced psychosis behind Toronto lawyer’s bat attack: judge
• Study warns of car crashes during pot celebration
• Horrible Side Effects of Marijuana That People Never Talk About
 Marijuana smokers three times more likely to die of high blood pressure: study
• Why pregnancy and marijuana are a bad mix

VIDEOS:
►Weed (pot) killing pedestrians
►Medical Journal Warns of Pot Risk to Youth  
►"Drugged Driving" (pot-DUI) deaths and injuries escalating 
►Marijuana-linked traffic fatalities on the rise, AAA warns
►Sickness from marijuana
►Psychosis & rampages in pot-fuelled Colorado 

Smoke from legal pot poses new risk to children

Smoke from legal pot poses new risk to children
PAMELA MCCOLL, The Province, 14 Oct 2018
When cannabis becomes legal across Canada on Wednesday, there will be no rules in place to protect children from being exposed to second-hand smoke from joints unless they are fortunate enough to live in housing where smoking is banned.

No amount of second-hand smoke is safe. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to develop lung diseases and other health problems. Second-hand smoke is a cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The fact that one in six infants and toddlers admitted to a Colorado hospital with symptoms of bronchiolitis tested positive for marijuana exposure should be of grave concern to Canadians as they move to legalization.

The dangers of second-hand, carcinogenic and psychoactive chemically-laden marijuana smoke were ignored by the Trudeau government in its push to legalize pot. This government in fact sanctioned the smoking of marijuana in the presence of children. ...click "Read More" below to continue...

Bad trip from smoking pot? It could be a sign of mental illness

By MICHAEL MUI, StarMetro Vancouver, July 21, 2018
VANCOUVER—It took years for doctors to figure out why she was hearing voices in her head. It started innocently at first. The voices were distant. Sometimes they came from her television. In this alternate reality, she was the belle of Hollywood’s A-list, sought after by the directors and actors of Beverly Hills.

Before age 25, Anita Smith had never touched marijuana. She had an otherwise unremarkable, sheltered upbringing with no family history of mental illnesses. Following high school, she spent three years in the Canadian Forces before deciding to enrol in film school. Her group of friends in college introduced her to pot.

That was back in the mid ’90s, when the psychoactive component in cannabis, THC, was mild compared to today’s standards. For more than two years, Smith was a daily user. So was everyone else in her peer group. But only she heard the voices.  ....Click "Read More" below to continue....

9.5.17

Marijuana-related ER visits among kids quadruples at Colorado hospital: Study

Postmedia Network, May 8, 2017
A new study that analyzed adolescent emergency room visits could cause the idea pot legalization is safe for youth to go up in smoke.

Researchers studied the critical care records of kids between the ages of 13 and 21 at Children's Hospital Colorado over a 10-year period and found ER visits related to pot use are on the rise.

According to a study presented by Dr. George Sam Wang, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado, there were 639 pot-related visits to the hospital in 2014 – more than four-times the 146 similar visits in 2005. In total, researchers found there were 3,443 marijuana-related visits during the period in which the data was collected.

Mental illness symptoms related to marijuana use made up the vast majority (66%) of those hospital visits.

Colorado has been at the forefront of marijuana legalization in North America, having enacted pot use for medicinal purposes in 2010 and recreational purposes in 2014.

"The state-level effect of marijuana legalization on adolescent use has only begun to be evaluated," Dr. Wang said, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. "As our results suggest, targeted marijuana education and prevention strategies are necessary to reduce the significant public health impact the drug can have on adolescent populations, particularly on mental health."

Following the Trudeau Liberals’ introduction of the proposed Cannabis Act C-45 in the House of Commons last month, some Canadian health care professionals, such as the Canadian Psychiatric Association, have expressed concern that any legalization of marijuana in Canada “must protect mental health of young Canadians.”
http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/08/marijuana-related-er-visits-among-kids-quadruples-at-colorado-hospital-study
Related news:
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/er-visits-kids-rise-significantly-after-pot-legalized-colorado-n754781

Cannabis use harms minds of young people

Legal age for cannabis use should be higher, not lower
Dr. Gail Beck, The Province,  21 Apr 2017
  Every day in the youth program at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, my colleagues and I see young people whose illnesses are complicated by the use and abuse of cannabis or a dependence on this drug. We provide these youths and their families with information on the effect of pot on the developing brain. We are often able to convince young people to decrease their marijuana consumption or, in many cases, to stop using it.

Unfortunately, legislators may not be as aware of the risks of cannabis on the developing brain as mental health professionals are. ....click "Read More" below to continue....

Fake reasons for pot legalization

What was Justin smoking?   
by Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail, Apr. 17, 2017
Legalizing pot is trickier than it looks, and the Prime Minister might soon be wondering if the hassle is worth the price. ....click "Read More" below to continue....

Pot shots at pot legalization

Letters to The Globe and Mail, April 18, 2017:
Fifteen years from now, there will be a class-action lawsuit against the federal government for legalizing marijuana (Liberals Table Historic Marijuana Legislation, April 14). It will be brought about by all the people who will be hurt by smoking marijuana. It can harm your health and is linked to depression.

If you want to get a good perspective on legalizing marijuana, visit the rehabilitation centres and interview the drug addicts who are trying to get free of drug addiction. They say it is not a good idea.  – Vincent Heffernan, Toronto

While I do understand the reasoning behind legalizing marijuana, I believe that the public health risks outweigh the legislative benefits. It is an intoxicant and causes effects similar to alcohol, and can cause impairment of both perception and motor skills. These faculties need to be functional to ensure safe driving, for example.

Legalizing marijuana may lead to greater incidents of accidents – and possible deaths – because of intoxication. We are already working toward mitigating road deaths related to alcohol. Adding marijuana to the mix poses an additional liability to public safety. – Sohail Temoor, Kitchener, Ont.  ....click "Read More" below for more....