Time to get ready for legal pot
This appeared in the Halifax Chronicle Herald:
If all goes according to plan, Canada’s new marijuana law will take effect in July 2018.
Studies have shown adolescents are particularly at risk due to the fact their brains are continuing to develop and at a rapid pace. It’s wise to take into consideration that research has shown that chronic marijuana usage is linked to memory and attention difficulties, prominently among individuals who started use while in early adolescence.
The Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse is concerned that heavy use raises the risk of psychosis, depression and anxiety, as well as respiratory conditions.
The Canadian Paediatric Society cautions there are several risks for young people associated with the recreational use of marijuana.
Dr. Christine Grant, an adolescent medicine specialist at McMaster University, who co-authored the society’s position paper on marijuana use stated: “We know that our brains develop well into our 20s and also from science that cannabis has an effect both structurally and functionally on our brains and that when our brains are developing we’re most vulnerable.”
We need to provide youth with an understanding that they should delay marijuana use. The reasons are many and the risks are too great.
We are about a year from this new world. The time to educate is now, so we are better prepared to deal with the real health risks of the new legal and social transformation of marijuana use.