Cannabis im­pacts

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

Some peo­ple who de­light in their se­nior cit­i­zen­ship and feel it gives them a right to lobby for across-the-board le­galised cannabis need to in­clude in their pub­lic­ity and con­sid­er­a­tion, the se­ri­ous dan­gers faced with cannabis use by youth.

Lob­by­ists’ “se­nior” sta­tus should have them recog­nise that the hu­man brain does not fully

ma­ture un­til age 24 (some ex­perts say age 26). I am also a se­nior cit­i­zen who has en­joyed cannabis (over­seas of course, so New Zealand law does not ap­ply) and would like it to be avail­able to me to en­joy. How­ever, as a for­mer teacher I have, on many oc­ca­sions, been con­cerned by youth who will never achieve a ma­ture brain be­cause of cannabis use.

Even if leg­is­la­tion pro­scribes its use un­til age 24 (setting the age at 21 is just stupid), how do Bev­erly Aldgidge and Kath­leen Pat­tin­son plan to per­suade youth to un­der­stand that be­cause it is le­gal, it is not ok for ev­ery­one, syn­thetic or oth­er­wise. Cannabis may not kill you or be phys­i­cally ad­di­tive but the num­ber of peo­ple I know of who are psy­chotic and men­tally dis­abled is a sad story.


Cooper’s Beach I would just like to make three points re­gard­ing the recre­ational use of cannabis.

The use of cannabis in any amount will lead to in­tox­i­ca­tion. You can drink mod­er­ate amounts of al­co­hol and avoid in­tox­i­ca­tion. The same does not ap­ply to cannabis.

Any form of in­tox­i­ca­tion can lead to ir­ra­tional think­ing and the mis­per­cep­tion of good as bad and bad as good.

The most telling re­search into the use of cannabis in­volved a group of univer­sity stu­dents who were cho­sen for their abil­ity to per­form at a very high level of pure math­e­mat­ics. En­try into the re­search pro­gramme re­quired they solve very dif­fi­cult prob­lems.

They were then given a mod­er­ate amount of cannabis over a short pe­riod of time af­ter which they were asked to solve sim­i­lar prob­lems. They were un­able to. Six weeks later, they were still un­able to. Three months later, they were still un­able to.

Six months, two years, five years the results were the same: They were never able to per­form at their previous level again.

As a for­mer drug coun­sel­lor and pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer in this town, Kaitaia, based on all I wit­nessed over the years, I stand com­pletely op­posed to the le­gal­i­sa­tion of cannabis for recre­ational drug use.


Kain­garoa 50 peo­ple. It was very mov­ing to re­flect the time of 100 years ago to the day/hour.

There was a fine ser­vice with RSA lead­ers, FNDC CEO, Pas­tor then wreath lay­ing, reveille, bene­dic­tion and clos­ing hymn. The day had be­come very warm and staff and helpers got ex­tra chairs and

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