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US NY: OPED: The Children Of The Drug Wars

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 13 Jul 2014 - A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis CRISTIAN OMAR REYES, an 11-year-old sixth grader in the neighborhood of Nueva Suyapa, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, tells me he has to get out of Honduras soon - "no matter what."
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US CO: Column: How Should I Talk To My Children About Pot?

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 10 Jul 2014 - Dear Stoner: I drive around town with my seven-year-old, and I know it is only a matter of time before he starts asking me about the "MMJ" signs everywhere. How should I talk to my kid about pot, since it is always in his face these days? Mad Over Marijuana
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US: Feds: Legalized Pot A Risk To Teens

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 10 Jul 2014 - 'Serious Challenge' But Critics Call Drug Czar's Report 'Tone Deaf' WASHINGTON - A day after Washington state joined Colorado in selling marijuana in retail outlets, the Obama administration Wednesday criticized drug legalization and warned that a declining perception of risk is leading more U.S. teens to smoke pot.
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Australia: Up To 70 Sunshine Coast Students Suspended For Drugs

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:00
Sunshine Coast Daily, 09 Jul 2014 - NEW figures show Sunshine Coast state schools have busted students with drugs up to 69 times in a year. Education Queensland released the data exclusively to the Daily, with numbers showing between 40 and 69 students were suspended from school in 2013 for misconduct involving an illicit substance.
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US WA: Column: Don't Disregard the Risks Teen Pot Users Face

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 09 Jul 2014 - Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Bruce Weiss isn't so worried about legal sales of recreational marijuana to adults. As presiding judge for the county's Juvenile Offender Drug Treatment Court, he is more concerned by what he sees as "normalization" of a drug he knows is ruining many kids' lives. Dr. Leslie Walker isn't worried that teens will now get marijuana from legal pot shops, where sales are only allowed to those 21 and older. As chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Childrens Hospital and co-director of the hospital's Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, she is troubled by what she sees as a "decreased perception of risk." Walker knows weed is harming many kids' brains.
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US WA: OPED: It's Time To Start Child-proofing Marijuana

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 04 Jul 2014 - IN states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison-control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same. In the decriminalized states, such calls were also more likely to result in critical care admissions. Neurological effects were the most common.
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US NM: OPED: Relaxed Marijuana Laws Put Our Children At Risk

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 03 Jul 2014 - In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same.
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US FL: OPED: Rush To Legalize Pot Ignores Vulnerable Kids

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 02 Jul 2014 - In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving the unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same.
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US HI: OPED: Protect Children From Legal Marijuana

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 01 Jul 2014 - In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same. In the decriminalized states, such calls were also more likely to result in critical-care admissions. Neurological effects were the most common.
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US PA: OPED: Legalized Marijuana Raising Risks For Children

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 01 Jul 2014 - In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison-control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same. In the decriminalized states, such calls were also more likely to result in criticalcare admissions. Neurological effects were the most common.
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US WA: Editorial: Find Will To Prevent Teen Marijuana Use

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 29 Jun 2014 - THE era of legal marijuana retail stores in Washington is set to begin in a few weeks, with an unprecedented and rigorous seed-to-sale regulatory system. Despite those regulations, the era also ushers in heightened anxieties about a potential increase in underage usage, even though sales are banned for customers under 21. After spending 18 months working on regulations, Gov. Jay Inslee's administration has finally launched a prevention campaign to address teen usage. At a news conference Tuesday, Inslee said the state was trying to give parents "tools that they need to keep our kids safe."
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US CA: OPED: Child-Proofing Pot

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 27 Jun 2014 - In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5% per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same. In the decriminalized states, such calls were also more likely to result in critical-care admissions. Neurological effects were the most common.
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Philippines: Drug Testing Of Students

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Sun.Star Cebu, 26 Jun 2014 - It was reported in the news recently that the Cebu City Council wants to hold random drug testing among the students in the public high school. In relation to this, one might ask, "Is it valid and/or constitutional to subject students to drug testing?" It is legally valid as Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the "Dangerous Drugs Act," provides that "students of secondary and tertiary schools shall, pursuant to the related rules and regulations as contained in the school's student handbook and with notice to the parents, undergo a random drug testing: Provided, That all drug testing expenses whether in public or private schools under this Sec. will be borne by the government" (Section 36 c).
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US NJ: Glen Rock Students, Parents Urge Renewed Funding For

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 25 Jun 2014 - GLEN ROCK - Dozens of students and parents urged the school board to renew funding for a high school peer-leadership club committed to drug, tobacco and alcohol resistance. The teens were notified late last week that financing for the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute of Glen Rock had been snipped - ending the group's trip to a conference this summer.
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US: Teen Pot Use Linked To Lower IQ In Later Life

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:00
The Signal, 24 Jun 2014 - Science Races to Keep Up With Shifting Perceptions As Youth Drug Usage Numbers Shift in Colorado Jokes aside about tuned-out stoners who can't find their car, some experts are asking, what if marijuana actually makes kids dumb?
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US TX: Cannabis Brownies Leave Teen Facing Life

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:00
The Press, 24 Jun 2014 - A Texas teenager could face up to 99 years in prison for making and selling brownies infused with cannabis, despite the product being legal elsewhere in the United States. Jacob Lavoro, 19, was arrested on April 14 after a neighbour smelled suspiciously pungent smoke and called the police. The authorities allege that after entering his apartment they found an illicit baking operation that included the brownies, a pound of cannabis, hash oil and US$1675 (NZ$1900) in cash.
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US OR: OPED: Talk Straight To Your Kids About Pot

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:00
Portland Tribune, 24 Jun 2014 - We can debate the science of marijuana, a drug, and challenge the soundness of public policy about it without ever reaching a consensus about the wisdom of legalizing or criminalizing it or finding some sort of middle ground. But in the meantime, there should be no dispute among us that we must openly and honestly talk about it with our kids or grandchildren, especially when it comes to our own use way back when or now, regardless of whether we ever inhaled.
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US: Changing Pot Laws Prompt Child-endangerment Review

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 22 Jun 2014 - DENVER (AP) - A Colorado man loses custody of his children after getting a medical marijuana card. The daughter of a Michigan couple growing legal medicinal pot is taken by child-protection authorities after an ex-husband says their plants endangered kids. And police officers in New Jersey visit a home after a 9-year-old mentions his mother's hemp advocacy at school.
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US CO: Column: The Myth Of Cannabis And Teens

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 19 Jun 2014 - I don't put a lot of faith in surveys, studies or polls, especially on hot-button issues like cannabis, when they are used by advocates or prohibitionists to bolster or attack one point of view or another. I'd like to be able to say, as some are these days, that because crime is down in Colorado in the five months since cannabis went on sale, that legalization is lowering crime. But nothing is that simple. But a survey caught my eye this week. The national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), managed by the national Centers for Disease Control, analyzes health-risk behaviors of youth and adults every two years and though not inclusive, assembles data given by students themselves about their habits and concerns.
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CN BC: OPED: Decriminalization Debate Confusing For Youth

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 07:00
The Morning Star, 18 Jun 2014 - As a youth substance abuse counsellor, I see many kids every week and I will limit my comment to this demographic. Marijuana is a drug of illusion for young people. They believe that it does not affect them. Recent research has revealed some very important information about marijuana which all families should consider. Scientific literature shows that cannabis affects young people in many negative ways. It is linked to lowering attention span, reduced reaction time and co-ordination.
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