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April 13, 2011

Don’t be stupid and try pot or decriminalize marijuana


Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the North America

Besides the undeniable fact that the person who  tend to use alcohol, marijuana are eventually brain damaged, health impaired , they do manifest a poor work productivity, a slow down of their reasoning process, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, problems with memory and learning, loss of coordination, distorted perception they ALSO   tend to be also involved in  criminal acts SUCH  as theft, tax evasions, fraud, etc.

  • Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in Canada.
  • Almost half (44%) of Canadians say they have used marijuana at least once in their lifetime.
  • In 2005, just over one-quarter (26.5%) of Ontario students (grades 7–12) said they had used marijuana in the past year, and one-third (31%) reported trying it at least once in their lifetime.
  • In Ontario, male students are more likely to use marijuana than females (28% versus 25%).
  • Students’ rates of marijuana use vary across Ontario: Toronto students are less likely to use it (20%) than students in the north (33%) or west (29%).
  • Three per cent of Grade 7 students have tried marijuana in the past year.
  • By the time they have reached Grade 12, nearly half (46%) of Ontario students have used marijuana in the past year.
  • About one in eight students (12%) who use marijuana use it every day. This is about three per cent of all grade 7 to 12 students in Ontario (about 33,200 students).

The main mind-altering (psychoactive) ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), but more than 400 other chemicals also are in the plant. A marijuana “joint” (cigarette) is made from the dried particles of the plant. The amount of THC in the marijuana determines how strong its effects will be. The type of plant, the weather, the soil, the time of harvest, and other factors determine the strength of marijuana. The strength of today’s marijuana is as much as ten times greater than the marijuana used in the early 1970s. This more potent marijuana increases physical and mental effects and the possibility of health problems for the user. Hashish, or hash, is made by taking the resin from the leaves and flowers of the marijuana plant and pressing it into cakes or slabs. Hash is usually stronger than crude marijuana and may contain five to ten times as much THC. Research shows that the earlier people start using drugs, the more likely they are to go on to experiment with other drugs Driving experiments show that marijuana affects a wide range of skills needed for safe driving — thinking and reflexes are slowed, making it hard for drivers to respond to sudden, unexpected events. Also, a driver’s ability to “track” (stay in lane) through curves, to brake quickly, and to maintain speed and the proper distance between cars is affected. Research shows that these skills are impaired for at least 4-6 hours after smoking a single marijuana cigarette, long after the “high” is gone. If a person drinks alcohol, along with using marijuana, the risk of an accident greatly increases. Marijuana presents a definite danger on the road. Marijuana use increases the heart rate as much as 50 percent, depending on the amount of THC. It can cause chest pain in people who have a poor blood supply to the heart – and it produces these effects more rapidly than tobacco smoke does.  Marijuana smoke has been found to contain more cancer-causing agents than is found in tobacco smoke. Young people who smoke marijuana heavily over long periods of time can become dull, slow moving, and inattentive. These “burned-out” users are sometimes so unaware of their surroundings that they do not respond when friends speak to them, and they do not realize they have a problem.

Signs of Marijuana Abuse

Some noticeable signs of Marijuana abuse include:

– Rapid, loud talking and bursts of laughter in early stages of intoxication.
– Sleepy or stuporous in the later stages.
– Lack of concentration and coordination.
– Forgetfulness in conversation.
– Inflammation in whites of eyes.
– Odor similar to burnt rope on clothing or breath.
– Distorted sense of time passage – tendency to overestimate time intervals.
– Craving for sweets.
– Increased appetite.
– Use or possession of paraphernalia including roach clip, packs of rolling papers, pipes or bongs.

 See also   Drugs of Abuse/Related Topics > Marijuana and  Marijuana: Facts for Teens. The latest scientific information about marijuana and its effects. Written for teenage readers.


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