Putting pot in the spotlight at ses­sion

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Vera Ber­tola

THE side ef­fects of mar­i­juana will be put un­der the spotlight in a se­ries of work­shops start­ing to­mor­row at the Street Univer­sity Mt Druitt.

High Times will run every Thurs­day from 1pm at the univer­sity, 1/11 Cleeve Close, Mt Druitt.

The Street Univer­sity’s Stan Campbell said the mo­ti­vat­ing force be­hind the work­shops was an in­creased us­age of the drug among young peo­ple.

“For us, it was more anec­do­tal ev­i­dence,” Mr Campbell said.

“We see young peo­ple and we talk to them ... you get to know what’s go­ing on.”

Mr Campbell said the work­shops had been put to­gether by a psy­chol­o­gist and fo­cused on the med­i­cal and phys­i­o­log­i­cal ef­fects of mar­i­juana.

Cannabis has long been con­sid­ered a gate­way to heav­ier drug abuse.

The 2007 Na­tional Drug Strat­egy House­hold Sur­vey found that 23 per cent of peo­ple aged 15 to 24 re­ported us­ing il­licit drugs dur­ing the pre­vi­ous 12 months, with mar­i­juana/cannabis the most com­mon drug used (18 per cent).

The sur­vey high­lighted: ‘Young peo­ple who use drugs may be­gin their ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with sub­stances such as al­co­hol or mar­i­juana, then move on to use harder drugs such as meth/am­phet­a­mines.”

High Times will tar­get 16to 24-year-olds. Regis­tra­tion or in­for­ma­tion: Street Univer­sity Face­book page or phone 8886 2800.

Mar­i­juana is in fo­cus.

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