Know­ing the risks of smok­ing pot

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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.

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Cana­di­ans need to un­der­stand the risks of mar­i­juana use are more than im­paired driv­ing, Pamela McColl writes.

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