Knowing the risks of smoking pot
Re: Half of all pot users shrug off driving risk; Survey. Maura Forrest, Dec. 20
Canadians need to be surveyed on far more marijuana harms than just the risk of driving impaired. Health Canada has identified conditions for which the use of marijuana is strictly contraindicated. Our country’s health watchdog advises men to avoid the use of marijuana if they want to start a family.
How many Canadians understand the science that links marijuana to a heightened possibility of testicular cancer? How many Canadians are aware of the scientific evidence that suggests marijuana can negatively impact pre and postnatal development, including a link with heavy use and a five fold higher likelihood of distorted facial features as compared to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome babies?
Such warnings, provided from Health Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use, are not the rantings of Reefer Madness, but rather statements by highly regarded institutions.
Pamela McColl, Vancouver B. C.
Canadians need to understand the risks of marijuana use are more than impaired driving, Pamela McColl writes.