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CN BC: Three Teens, One Life-Changing Program

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 22 Jun 2015 - Surrey crime prevention program a progressive action for a city that has been plagued for decades by drug-related gun violence When Rob Rai and the Surrey School District opened the Wrap Project in 2009, those starting the dedicated anti-gang program plainly acknowledged that groups of local teenagers were committing serious crimes.
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Canada: Canadian Youth Lead All Other Developed Nations In Pot

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 19 Jun 2015 - GUELPH - Marijuana is not harmless. In fact, it is potentially damaging to the developing brains of young people, a new report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse concludes. The negative effects may be long-lasting. Pot has the reputation of being a safe substance, but "The Effects of Cannabis Use During Adolescence," co-edited by University of Guelph president Franco Vaccarino, strongly contradicts that assumption.
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Canada: Canadian Youth Pot Use Tops In Developed World

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:00
Guelph Mercury, 19 Jun 2015 - Numerous Mental, Physical Health Risks, Report Says GUELPH - Marijuana is not harmless. In fact, it is potentially damaging to the developing brains of young people, a new report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse concludes. The negative effects may be long-lasting.
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Chronicle AM: MedMJ Doesn't Make Kids Smoke, SD Reservation Legalizes Weed, MI Pot Poll, More (6/16/05):

Youth (STDW) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 21:06

There's good polling news for Michigan pot legalization campaigners, a South Dakota Indian tribe legalizes weed, a new study refutes concerns that allowing medical marijuana leads to increased teen pot-smoking, and more.

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Michigan Poll Has Solid Majority Support for Legalization. A new poll from the Glengariff Group has support for marijuana legalization at 56%, with 36% opposed. The poll comes as two different groups are about to embark on signature-gathering campaigns to put an initiative on the 2016 ballot. Click on the link for more demographic data and discussion.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Become South Dakota's First Tribe to Embrace Marijuana. In a vote taken last week, the tribe's executive committee legalized the sale and use of marijuana on tribal land. The tribe has plans for a marijuana grow operation and for an establishment where people can buy and use pot. "Throughout Indian country, Flandreau's been trail-blazers,' Tribal President Anthony Reider said. 'We were with the casino, we were the second compacted tribe in the United States, the first and largest casino in between Atlantic City and Las Vegas, so it's something that's not new to us. We kind of like taking the forefront on issues."

Medical Marijuana

Study: Medical Marijuana Doesn't Lead to Increased Youth Use. A study published Tuesday in the British medical journal The Lancet finds that allowing for the legal use of medical marijuana has not led to an increase in the number of teens using it in the US. The study relied on 24 years' worth of data from the Monitoring the Future and found that while youth use levels were higher in some medical marijuana states, those higher levels of use had preceded the legalization of medical marijuana.

Georgia Unveils Online Registry for CBD Cannabis Oil Patients. The Department of Public Health today went live with its online registry for patients authorized to use low-THC CBD cannabis oil. Also today, the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis meets for the first time.


Meth Precursor Bill Passes New York Senate. A bill that would limit over-the-counter cold remedy sales to not more than 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine per package and nine grams per person per month has passed the state senate. Senate Bill 627 would also require buyers to show photo ID and sign a logbook and requires retailers to electronically submit purchase information to state police before the sale is finalized, allowing state police to block sales in real time. The bill now goes to the Assembly.

Asset Forfeiture

Pennsylvania Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Filed. State Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) has introduced Senate Bill 869, which would require a criminal conviction before property could be seized. Asset forfeiture has come under fire in the state, especially since the ACLU released a report earlier this year detailing abuses and revealing that cops had collected more than $100 million in seizures in the past decade.

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US: Medical Use Doesn't Raise Youth Rates, Study Finds

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 16 Jun 2015 - Marijuana use did not increase among teenagers in the states in which medical marijuana has become legal, researchers reported Monday. The new analysis is the most comprehensive effort to date to answer a much-debated question: Does decriminalization of marijuana lead more adolescents to begin using it?
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US: Teens' Use Unaltered By Legal Medical Pot

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 16 Jun 2015 - NEW YORK (AP) - Medical marijuana laws don't trigger an increase in teen pot smoking, a new study concludes. Some opponents of medical marijuana have said that legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana could send a message to young people that smoking pot is no big deal, ultimately encouraging them to experiment with marijuana and harder drugs. Pot smoking by teens has been increasing, but the new study suggests that medical marijuana laws are not the reason.
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US DC: Pot-Smoking Parents: What About the Kids?

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 06/07/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 07 Jun 2015 - Many Uncertain About Navigating the 'New Normal' Like the parent of any toddler and kindergartner, Jared wants to keep certain things out of reach. Liquor is stored out of sight in a cupboard. The household cleaners are safely kept behind childproof locks. And the marijuana is stashed high on a shelf in a fireproof lockbox.
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Australia: OPED: Dob In A Dealer Wages War On Our Children

Youth (MAP) - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:00
Sydney Morning Herald, 06 Jun 2015 - NSW has decided that the best way to deal with the current ice problem is to have a media campaign. Last Friday the NSW Bar Association hosted a conference with the single theme of a debate on the association's position paper titled "Drug Law Reform". Those who attended weren't the bleeding heart type. They included eminent health educator Professor David Penington, Associate Professor Nick Lintzeris from the NSW Ministry of Health, Professor Ian Webster from the University of NSW, senior members of the legal fraternity, Dr Alex Wodak from St Vincent's Hospital Sydney and former NSW Police Superintendent Frank Hansen.
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US CO: Column: Are Childproof Bags Always Needed at

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Westword, 04 Jun 2015 - Dear Stoner: Some of the dispensaries I go to make me use a locked bag so it's "childproof" when I leave, but others just let me walk out with a paper bag full of pot. What gives? Kenny Dear Kenny: Ever notice a pattern in the packaging your buds come in when you don't need the childproof bag? The pharmaceutical pop-top and push-down bottles many dispensaries use for packaging herb and infused products are already considered childproof, so there's no $4 bag necessary, but some dispensaries sell products in resealable plastic bags and jars. A curious toddler (or an octopus) can open resealable bags and jars with relative ease, so to comply with state laws, you must leave the dispensary with your purchase locked and keep it that way around children - as a responsible pothead should. Unfortunately, it's hard to know which shops carry what until you're pulling out your money, so next time you're about to restock, call ahead and ask what your dispensary uses. And if you've already spent $20 on bags that are now lying useless around the house, like I have, move a few to the trunk of your car so you'll always be prepared.
Categories: Youth Should Marijuana Ever Be Used to Treat Children and Adolescents?

Youth (STDW) - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 16:08

Did you know that "A new strain of marijuana has motivated hundreds of families with epileptic children to pack up and move to Colorado to legally obtain the drug"?, Read the details on, part of the family.

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CN ON: Editorial: Efforts To Keep Kids Drug Free Admirable

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 03 Jun 2015 - Timmins Police Service continues to be at the forefront of efforts to keep local children from getting involved with illegal drugs. Its DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program - delivered to students at the Grade 6 level - has been having a positive impact in our community for a number of years.
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US ID: School Board Nixes Student Drug Program

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:00
Idaho Mountain Express, 29 May 2015 - Decision follows criticism of plan by local professionals The Blaine County School District will go back to the drawing board to develop a plan to help students with substance abuse problems. The decision by the district board of trustees to scrap the proposed Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, referred to as ASAP, came during the board's May 12 meeting. It followed criticism of the plan by local professionals involved in helping youngsters with substance abuse problems and offers by those professionals to help the district develop a plan reflecting the latest research and with more chance of success.
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US CO: Column: High Hopes for Improved Reporting on Teen

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 28 May 2015 - When Rocky Mountain Community Radio reporter Bente Birkeland began tracking legal marijuana's impacts on Colorado teenagers earlier this year, she discovered key data wasn't available. "The state does not require schools to report marijuana incidents separately," Birkeland says. "Alcohol and tobacco are in separate categories. But marijuana shouldn't be lumped in with cocaine or pharmaceuticals. It's a tough story to report."
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CN ON: Family Man Became 'Poster Child for Heroin Addiction'

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 27 May 2015 - KITCHENER - Shawn Emmerson beat the odds and avoided the long arm of the law during an eight-year descent into drug addiction. But as his habit got worse and his life continued to unravel as a result, it finally caught up to him early this year.
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CN QU: Only Police In Quebec Can Strip Search Students

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 14 May 2015 - Policy Change Follows Outrage Over Search of 15-Year-Old Girl QUEBEC- School officials in Quebec will no longer be permitted to strip search students as the provincial government moved to act on a report recommending that only police officers conduct such examinations.
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