Canada Warns Teenagers Not To Smoke Marijuana

Parents and grandparents in Canada are asking Marijuana Rehab and experts in order to learn how to talk to their kids about the potential harms of marijuana.

In the small town of Thornbury, Ontario, north of Toronto, a public health session was held in the town hall, a week prior to the legalization of marijuana by the country. The session had a message for parents and Canadians; legal though it may be, it is not safe for young people. And parents need to instill in their kids the idea that pot can be a danger to then.

Jenny Hanley, an expert on Marijuana Rehab and addictions counselor, says that it has been proven that the brain doesn’t stop developing until a person is 25 years old, but that marijuana was made legal for people at the age of 19 and up.  She openly wonders what the government was thinking.

In October, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize buying, growing and consuming small amounts of marijuana, but also made it so that it was a criminal act to give the drug to anyone under the age of 19, with a penalty of up to 14 years of incarceration.

At the same time as the legalization, Canada’s government also began an $83million public education campaign, primarily aimed at Canadian youths, which looks to warn people of the danger of using pot.

However, experts say that persuading teenagers to not see legalization as carte blanche to use marijuana will be difficult, not to mention the fact that previous antidrug efforts have also shown little evidence of success.

Officials argued that legalizing cannabis, regulating the market and cracking down on illegal sellers would cut down on its use among Canadian teenagers which, according to a 2013 Unicef report, were already using it more than other young people anywhere else in the world.

Dr. Benedikt Fischer, a senior scientist at Toronto’s Center for Addiction and Mental Health, saying that the most disingenuous part of legalization of legalizing marijuana would be that that would keep it away from children, adding that legalization is ultimately an experiment.

Dr. Fischer says that youngsters believe that marijuana is a very benign substance with no risk, due to its organic, natural and medicinal nature. He says that the government should work to inform people and give them facts, so that they make smarter and better decisions.

Studies aren’t agreed on the facts, but general consensus is that marijuana is riskiest for people who start smoking at age 12 or younger, smoke regularly and choose high-potency doses, on top of being dangerous for people with family histories of serious mental illnesses, like bipolarism or schizophrenia.

Matthew Hill, a University of Calgary neuroscientist, says that it’s reasonable to say that marijuana could have an impact on a developing brain, not that it definitively will.