Let’s get it right on le­gal­ized cannabis

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - El­lie Tesher

Q - Cannabis shouldn’t be around kids, but I’d bet can­cer­caus­ing sec­ond-hand cig­a­rette smoke is way worse for them to smell while walk­ing down a side­walk, etc.

Also, we should prob­a­bly dis­cuss drink­ing al­co­hol to ex­cess in front of chil­dren.

None of these three items need to be around chil­dren. But if I had to pick...

Mar­i­juana should’ve been le­gal­ized decades ago. Then there wouldn’t be the stigma there is to­day.

Let’s face it, al­co­hol and cig­a­rettes are worse than pot. Time will teach so­ci­ety this.

The Safer Choice

A - With the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis/mar­i­juana in Canada in just a month (Oc­to­ber 17), the com­par­i­son of rel­a­tive risks of al­co­hol and cig­a­rettes to chil­dren is’ ít the main is­sue to con­sider for now.

We al­ready know that cannabis is slated to be­come big business wher­ever its pro­hi­bi­tion is ended, that it has recre­ational ap­peal and also, importantly, has a grow­ing place in health care.

But its use by chil­dren - in­clud­ing teens and young adults - is the wor­ri­some as­pect that still needs strong at­ten­tion not only by par­ents, but by reg­u­la­tors, mar­keters, and re­tail­ers.

Young peo­ple are by na­ture at­tracted to the new­est shiny thing, es­pe­cially when par­ents raise cau­tions.

Add on the va­ri­eties of cannabis “ed­i­bles” com­ing on the mar­ket, and there’s an ur­gency to fo­cus on what’s al­ready a prob­lem.

I hear too of­ten from par­ents whose once-mo­ti­vated and bright off­spring (usu­ally sons) have lost mo­ti­va­tion in school, instead hang­ing out for hours smok­ing pot alone or with friends. This, un­der mar­i­juana pro­hi­bi­tion.

Now, the cannabis in­dus­try and en­thu­si­asts like you have an op­por­tu­nity to be loud and clear about why smok­ing or in­gest­ing mar­i­juana is a se­ri­ous health risk for young peo­ple whose brains are still de­vel­op­ing.

Here’s the Gov­ern­ment of Canada’s own web­site on health ef­fects spe­cific to young peo­ple:

“Cannabis use that be­gins early in ado­les­cence, that is fre­quent and that con­tin­ues over time, is more likely to bring about harms. Some of those harms may never fully go away.

“Re­search shows the brain is not fully de­vel­oped un­til around age 25. This is be­cause THC, the sub­stance that gives the ‘high’ in cannabis, af­fects the same machinery in the brain that di­rects brain de­vel­op­ment.

“The higher the amount of THC in cannabis, the more likely one is to be harmed by it.”

So, enough with how bad al­co­hol and cig­a­rettes are for our kids and youth.

Let’s get it right on cannabis.

Q – I’ve been mar­ried for 30 years to my first love. I make her feel cher­ished and loved. But ten years ago our sex life de­clined to once a month, while her in­ter­est in so­cial me­dia took 40 hours weekly!

She’s more fo­cused on Face­book than speak­ing to me.

If I’d left her ten years ago, I would’ve put my­self in a fi­nan­cially se­cure po­si­tion.

Now, she’ll get half of ev­ery­thing so I’m stuck.

I’m cost av­er­ag­ing and feel that, rather than turn over all of my life sav­ings, pen­sion etc., I’m best off stay­ing in my mar­riage.

Not Cost Ef­fec­tive

A - Well then, you might as well sleep with your ac­coun­tant.

You’ve talked your­self into stick­ing it out though you rightly feel ig­nored.

Yet you men­tion no dis­cus­sions to­gether about how you two could re­gain some in­ti­macy.

And no seek­ing med­i­cal or coun­selling help to re­gain some needed phys­i­cal con­nec­tion.

Un­til you at least try, I pre­dict your bank book will be cold com­fort.

Tell her how you feel and the only rea­son you’ve got left for be­ing there.

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