With Cannabis Legalization, It’s Not the Teens We Have to Worry About. It’s Seniors

Article by Emma Teitel, Toronto Star

With cannabis legalization, it’s not the teens we have to worry about. It’s seniors By EMMA TEITELNational Columnist According to the Canadian Science Policy Centre, “the percentage of Ontarians over 50 who used cannabis in the past year nearly tripled over the last 10 years, and rose fivefold since 1977.” (RICHARD VOGEL / AP)

Legal cannabis is upon us and the nation’s parents are paranoid.

More accurately, they are concerned, according to a survey commissioned by OrganiGram Inc., a Canadian medical marijuana producer, that they lack the resources necessary to educate their kids about the risks involved in lighting up, getting high, or as we said in my day, “blazing.”

Three out of five parents surveyed by OrganiGram are “concerned about legalization,” and 54 per cent “say there is not enough information available about risks.”
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Risks involved in cannabis consumption include but are not limited to mood changes, impaired memory, impaired driving, delusions, eating everything in the fridge (expiration dates be damned) and, if you’re a teen who lives in the suburbs, spending way too much time hanging out in Tim Hortons parking lots — take it from someone who spent the greater part of her adolescence in one, these fears are understandable. But they may also be misplaced.
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They may be misplaced because it’s hard to believe that teens (many of whom have been smoking pot illegally for years) will be in significant danger come legalization day in October — or that they will be significantly more stoned.
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In fact, the opposite may be true. According to federal government research in the U.S., regular marijuana use among teens in Colorado actually declined after the state legalized cannabis sales.
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Canadian parents then may want to shift some of their concern away from their adolescent progeny and lay it on a different set of family members: their aging parents.

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