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Canada: Pot and the Teenage Brain: Understanding the Science

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 17 Oct 2014 - Because their brains are still developing, adolescents may be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of marijuana. During this crucial period, brain connections are strengthened through myelination - growth of fatty insulation around the neurons - as well as a "pruning" of inefficient neural connections. It's a lengthy process, stretching past the postsecondary years to at least 25.
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US PA: Delay on Marijuana Bill Will Hurt Children

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:00
The Citizens' Voice, 10 Oct 2014 - It looks like the medical marijuana bill currently sitting in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is probably off the table this year. How sad for the many young children suffering from severe seizures and other medical problems that SB 1182 is designed to help.
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US CO: Colorado 'Lab Rat' Campaign Warns Teens of Pot Use

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 06 Oct 2014 - Use of Cages Has Been Criticized by the State's Legal Marijuana Industry; Mocked by Some Young People DENVER-In a state where legal marijuana seemingly is everywhere, Colorado public health officials have taken an unusual approach to warning teenagers about the dangers of the drug: likening young pot smokers to laboratory animals. Concerned about a potential jump in youth marijuana use now that the state has legalized the drug for adults, Colorado is displaying three human-size cages in various communities with signs that bear provocative messages about the drug's pitfalls, as part of its "Don't Be A Lab Rat" campaign. "Does Marijuana really cause schizophrenia in teenagers? Smoke and find out," one sign says. "Subjects needed. Must be a teenager. Must smoke weed. Must have 8 IQ points to spare," reads another.
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CN ON: Health Unit Releases Snapshot Of Teen Health In Kenora

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:00
Kenora Daily Miner And News, 30 Sep 2014 - One out of every five Kenora Grade 12 students smoke tobacco enough to be considered 'current smokers,' according to the Northwestern Health Unit. The health unit has released the results its annual COMPASS survey which provides a snapshot of the health and life practices of Kenora's teenagers from Grades 9 to 12.
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US OH: Students Create 'No Weed' Video Messages

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 28 Sep 2014 - Teens in Lorain County schools are creating this month for an awareness campaign with a message that young people do not need marijuana to succeed in life. Elaine Georgas, executive director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services of Lorain County, said teens designed the campaign in the spring, "We don't need weed to succeed."
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US MI: Christeen Landino Looks Back On 13 Years Of Fighting for Marijuana

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:00
Metro Times, 24 Sep 2014 - A change is gonna come Christeen Landino remembers attending her first marijuana protest in downtown Detroit back in 1974. She still has a card from then that she paid $1 for in support of the Michigan Marijuana Initiative, an unsuccessful petition drive to get decriminalization on the ballot that year. It didn't happen then, but we know that a whole lot of water has passed under the Ambassador Bridge since then.
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CN ON: Pot Still Illegal Despite Political Talk, Teen Reminded

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:00
The Observer, 19 Sep 2014 - A teenager caught with marijuana was placed on nine months probation with a Sarnia judge's reminder that despite politicians' comments, pot is still illegal in Canada. The 19-year-old, from Lambton County, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the July possession of marijuana and violation of a court-ordered drug ban. The court was told that the teen had walked away when he spotted an OPP officer watching him. The officer drove around the block and the teen appeared to be meeting another young person. Both walked away as the officer approached.
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Ireland: Column: We Must Protect Our Teens From Dangers Of

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 07:00
Irish Independent, 14 Sep 2014 - New Research That Links Cannabis With Depression and Suicide in Teens Is Nothing Short of Alarming One of the more idiotic statements made by Bill Clinton throughout his career was that as a student he smoked cannabis, but didn't inhale. That statement sprang to mind during the week when the results of a study on cannabis use in the student generation, were published in the medical journal The Lancet.
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Canada: 'Prohibition Isn't Helping Kids'

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:00
Toronto 24hours, 12 Sep 2014 - Trudeau defends pot legalization policy Justin Trudeau on Thursday accused the government of fear-mongering with its attacks on his pot legalization policy. "A UN study says out of 29 developed countries, Canada is No. 1 in teen marijuana use," Trudeau told reporters. "The approach (Justice Minister Peter) MacKay and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper are using of prohibition isn't helping kids and millions of dollars are funnelling to gangs."
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Australia: Teen Tokers Risk Ominous Outlook: Study

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Sep 2014 - Teenagers who use marijuana daily run a higher risk of becoming drug dependent, committing suicide or trying other drugs and are less likely to succeed at their studies than those who avoid it, researchers have found. In an analysis of studies on cannabis, the scientists said these long-term health and life effects were important since several countries are planning to relax legislation on it.
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UK: Daily Pot Use By Teens Has Long-Term Risks

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 11 Sep 2014 - Those who used marijuana daily before age 17 were less likely to finish school and more likely to abuse other drugs. LONDON - Teenagers who use marijuana daily run a higher risk of becoming drug-dependent, committing suicide or trying other drugs, and they are less likely to succeed at their studies than those who avoid it, researchers said yesterday.
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UK: Study: Bad Outcomes For Teen Pot Users

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 10 Sep 2014 - Daily Smokers Found to Be Less Likely to Finish High School Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily are more than 60 percent less likely to complete high school than those who never use. They're also 60 percent less likely to graduate from college and seven times as likely to attempt suicide, says a new study of adolescent cannabis use Tuesday in the Lancet Psychiatry, a British journal of health research.
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US CA: Teen Snorts Rat Poison, Dies

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 04 Sep 2014 - Three Anderson Teenagers Mistake Strychnine for Cocaine A 16-year-old in Anderson died on Aug. 22 after snorting a white powder he and two friends had mistaken for cocaine. On Aug. 28, Anderson Police announced that lab analysis identified the powder as strychnine, a pesticide used as rodent poison, according to the Redding Record Searchlight. A police press release noted that consuming the substance produces "dramatic and painful" symptoms.
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US CA: Column: Kids Need THC, Too

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 03 Sep 2014 - Lawmakers Are Legalizing Certain Strains of Marijuana, but That Won't Be Good Enough Republicans love marijuana. Pushed by a cadre of Christian brothers from Colorado and promoted by CNN's doctor-on-television Sanjay Gupta, a strain of marijuana acceptable for suburban squares and the churchgoing set is winning friends on the right. Marijuana low in THC but high in CBD - cannabidiol, one of the many compounds in cannabis - - has real palliative value for people who medicine has failed. Specifically, it appears to treat kids with (previously) untreatable epilepsy. And best of all: It's impossible to get high off of.
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Australia: Doctor Defiant On Cannabis For Sick Kids

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
Daily Telegraph, 02 Sep 2014 - A DOCTOR says he will continue to defy authorities and supply medical cannabis to Australian children despite the threat of legal action. Cannabis oil producer Dr Andrew Katelaris, who was deregistered in 2005 after refusing to stop supplying cannabis to patients, said desperate families turned to him because they had run out of options.
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US CO: Legal Marijuana: What Do You Tell Your Kids?

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 01 Sep 2014 - In the First Year of a 'Grand Experiment,' Parents Feel They're In an Awkward Spot. CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Laurie Ritchie prides herself on being an open-minded parent. She voted in favor of legalizing marijuana two years ago. She started talking to her daughters about drug use around the same time. She hasn't stopped. Jordan Stead
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