LIFE STYLE
MARIJUANA AND THE VULNERABLE KIDS
Legal Status To Cannabis Usage: Can We Afford It?
- Sanjeev Ahluwalia
Legal Status To Cannabis Usage: Can We Afford It?



CANNABIS USAGE IN CANADA is looking to get a legal status with the anticipated decision of the federal government to legalize the use of non-medical marijuana from July 2018. One comes across numerous reports that highlight the virtues of pot smoking and I am not debating on that. However, I feel   these kind of reports/ads that emphasize the benefit of marijuana consumption deliver a wrong message to the school going kids, who are in their teens and even in their tweens (defined as someone between an age of 9-13). 

 
A significant majority among kids,  perceives that marijuana consumption is absolutely harmless for them. Pot's reputation as a "nature's medicine" continues to grow irrespective of the fact that it might bring adverse effects in teenagers whose brains are at a crucial stage of development. Scientific studies have indicated that marijuana consumption hijacks normal brain functioning in teens, kicks in severe learning disabilities. 

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According to a high profile study published in Lancet - a peer-reviewed general medical journal - a hazy future is predicted for the kids who use cannabis regularly as 60 per cent of them are less likely to finish their high school or get a university degree than their weed-free peers.
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Many scientists believe that marijuana may have permanent effects on brain development. Some long term studies have reported a permanent loss of IQ in adolescents following "wake and bake habits". Researchers found that individuals, who began using cannabis heavily as adults did not show similar losses in IQ, but quitting pot did not seem to restore intellectual functioning in those who had been chronic pot users as teenagers. Cannabis use in teenagers has also been reported to induce hallucinogenic effects; from mild ones to being schizophrenic; the psychotic symptoms are reported to increase with progression in age. 

According to a high profile study published in Lancet - a peer-reviewed general medical journal - a hazy future is predicted for the kids who use cannabis regularly as 60 per cent of them are less likely to finish their high school or get a university degree than their weed-free peers. The journal has concluded that the prevention or delay of cannabis use during adolescence is likely to bring broad health and social benefits for the kids. 

The legalization of marijuana for non-medical use is bound to make the availability of it, hell of a lot easier, for the vulnerable kids. Already a significant chunk of the high school going kids in Canada, as revealed by the statistics, smoke weed regularly or for recreational purposes. Someone needs to seriously put it across to the susceptible teens that probably smoking pot at the age of 35 might not bring damaging effects, but it would be a sure invitation to failure, if this indulgence starts during the tween or teen years.

*Note: I am not an expert on this and these are just my observations based on some search I did on this topic, as a concerned parent.
 

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