Our Caribbean Teens and Legalizing Weed

 

 

 

Smoking (tobacco or marijuana) is the MOST common gateway for teenagers to engage in further drug use.

Addiction is a disease that starts in adolescence, industries know they have to focus on young people for profits. After all, if you don’t start using any drug by age 21, you are unlikely ever to do so.

There has been a lot of focus on the benefits of legalizing marijuana. Can we as a Caribbean region quantify the risks associated with legally available Weed? Adolescents are at high risk of exposure and confusion about the dangers of smoking ganja in a legalized environment. Weed brownies, candy ganja, many marketing strategies make children their prime targets.

There has been a lot of talk about pot lately. Discussions of tax revenue, health benefits, violence reduction, and individual liberty. But one issue got completely lost: the developing brains of our children.

Read more of what Patrick Kennedy has to say on the matter: Legalizing pot endangers children http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/07/28/patrick-kennedy-marijuana-brain/13292245/

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One response to “Our Caribbean Teens and Legalizing Weed

  1. CaribTots2Teens

    The Jamaica Psychiatric Association cordially invites you to their annual psychiatric conference on Cannabis and Mental Health on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. at the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching & Research Complex

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