Are the Legal Driving Limits for Marijuana Use Safe Enough?

In Michigan, law enforcement officers met to compare notes on how the increasing use of marijuana might affect traffic safety. In most states, legal limits for the amount of marijuana found in one’s bloodstream have not yet been set. The two states that have thus far legalized recreational use of pot have set a legal limit but that standard seems to have a rather tentative status so far. The meeting was the Governor’s Highway Safety Association conference that convened in early September, 2014, in Grand Rapids. The director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission told the group, “This is coming…

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Teen Marijuana Use Shown to Cause Disabilities Later in Life

Smoking pot while you’re young is no big deal, as long as you quit it when you grow up, right? If you used marijuana when you were a teen, why should you stop your own child from doing the same? A recent study has demonstrated that simply is not the case. The study was conducted by researchers in Sweden, and it examined factors relating to men who had smoked pot when they were 18 years old, with particular focus on those who had been heavy users.

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Marijuana: Is teen use of marijuana significant?

Today’s parents may be terribly confused about whether or not they should insist that their children stay away from marijuana. It can be difficult to explain to a curious teenager why a doctor might recommend marijuana for a sick person but they can’t use it. It may be difficult but it could be one of the most important lessons you ever teach your children. Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy made some very good points in his article published in USA Today, titled “Legalizing pot endangers children.” Here’s a couple of quotes from that article: “There has been a lot of talk…

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Redefining What Makes an Impaired Driver

For as long as there have been cars, there have been drunk drivers. But now there are not only drunk drivers, there are enough people impaired on other drugs that our law enforcement systems need to catch up with this new phenomenon. Certainly there have been drug-impaired drivers for many years. Even as far back as the 1960s, there were Miltowns (sedatives) and sleeping pills abused by many people. But now, as medical or recreational marijuana are legalized (more than 20 states allow medical marijuana use now), the laws have had to catch up with those who might drive after…

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A Report from Africa Illustrates the Harm of Heavy Marijuana Use

I came across a report of a medical case in Africa where a man developed epilepsy after heavily abusing marijuana for many years. Through scans and other tests, other causes were ruled out and the epilepsy was attributed to his marijuana use. But while that is definitely alarming, that wasn’t the part of the story that startled me. It was this passage in that report that was so surprising: Rare cases of hemorrhagic (produced by uncontrollable bleeding) and ischemic (caused by restricted blood flow) strokes attributed to acute use of high doses of marijuana have been described in the literature.…

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Study Indicates Parents Think New Marijuana Laws Harm Teens

There are a lot of people getting on board with the movement to legalize marijuana. Around half of the states in the nation have now legalized cannabis for medical use, while many more have decriminalized it so that an arrest for possession of a small amount is no more serious than a traffic ticket. Not everyone is in support of this initiative. In fact, an overwhelming majority of parents with teenaged children in the United States are concerned that legalized weed will make it more likely that their own children and others will end up trying out marijuana. This fact…

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The Growing Marijuana Problem

Easter Sunday this year fell on April 20th, the day infamous as 4/20, when marijuana advocates around the United States stage protests and rallies in the form of smoke-outs, gathering in public places en masse to smoke pot. The goal of such events is to make weed more popular and mainstream, and thereby to contribute to the widespread push to get cannabis legalized for medicinal and recreational use in the U.S. This movement has made significant headway in recent years, with around half of all the States having voted to legalize medical marijuana, and many more moving to decriminalize it…

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How Terrifyingly Easy it is to Start Using Drugs

I’ve just read through a dozen interviews from Narconon graduates in which they describe how and why they started using drugs. These interviews make so very clear that it’s incredibly easy for a young person to decide to just go along with what everyone else is doing – drinking, smoking pot, even using much stronger and more deadly drugs. If a child does not understand clearly and with conviction why using drugs is dangerous and has not made a firm decision to remain drug-free, then anything can happen. How Kids Can Begin Using Drugs Let me share a few of…

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Teaching the Risks of Marijuana Use

With all the changes in our country in the last few years, it can be hard to know what people really think about marijuana. After all, the voters in twenty states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of this drug for medical purposes. I would imagine that parents are having a difficult time knowing what to say to their children. Preventing their children from abusing this drug must go far beyond a simple threat of “If I find you with marijuana, you’ll be grounded for months.” Surely, if a drug is approved for medical use in such…

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Fake Marijuana May Be Endangering Young People Who Think it is Safe and Natural

Today’s young people are forced to make complex decisions regarding drug use and most of them lack the knowledge to do so wisely. To make matters worse, the list of drugs being offered to them keeps getting longer. Once it was marijuana, cocaine, heroin, alcohol and a couple of prescription drugs that young people might choose from. Now chemists around the world keep adding new substances they’ve cooked up in the lab to the existing substances that one can abuse. Some of these substances are pharmaceutical drugs like hydrocodone and OxyContin. And some are what are termed “club drugs” –…

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