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Secondhand Pot Smoke Found in Kids’ Lungs

If you’re a pot-smoking parent and you think your kids aren’t affected, think again.

New research found evidence of secondhand marijuana smoke exposure in nearly half of children whose parents smoke the drug.

“While the effects of tobacco smoke have been studied extensively, we are still learning about marijuana exposure,” said researcher Dr. Karen Wilson, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

“What we found in this study is that secondhand marijuana smoke does get into the lungs and little bodies of young children,” Wilson said in a school news release.


WebMD. “Secondhand Pot Smoke Found in Kids’ Lungs” http://www.webmd.com. 19 November 2018 Web. 15 January 2019 

Cannabis is often one of the first drugs a teen is offered

The new cannabis landscape in Canada 

The rate of cannabis use is three times higher among Canadian youth than adults. 1

  • Canadian youth have one of the highest rates of cannabis use worldwide. In 2016, the World Health Organization compared past-30-day cannabis use among youth aged 15 across 40 countries and found that use by Canadian youth (13%) was the second highest. 2
  • One in 5 teens aged between 15 and 19 have used cannabis in the past year. 3
  • In 2017 cannabis use increased in Ontario with high school grade level to a high of 36.9 % among 12th grade students. Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) 2017 reported High School use of cannabis: Gr. 9-9.3%, Gr. 10-19.9%, Gr. 11-30.4%, Gr. 12-36.9%. 4
  • Cannabis use is still more prevalent among males than females, although the rate of use among females is on the rise.  5
1 CTADS 2017 2- Health Behaviour in School-aged Children 2016, World Health Organization, 3 – Statistics Canada 2016, 4- OSDUHS 2017, 5 – Statistics Canada 2016


Drug Free Kids Canada. “Cannabis is often one of the first drugs a teen is offered” http://www.drugfreekidscanada.org. Web. 10 January 2019 

Headlines bring up more marijuana – related behavioral issues

Amanda Bynes made headlines last week, sharing her story for the cover of Paper Magazine.  Her optimistic tale of recovery repeats in People Magazine, which published portions of the interview. Amanda admitted that she began drug abuse starting with marijuana, age 16.  She continued pot use and also used Molly, Ecstasy and Adderall.


Parents Opposed to Pot. “Headlines bring up more marijuana – related behavioral issues” http://www.poppot.org. 3 December 2018 Web. 8 January 2019 

PD: Naugatuck bus driver arrested with marijuana while reckless driving with teens on-board

A bus driver was arrested in Naugatuck Thursday after police found marijuana on the bus when they pulled her over for reckless driving while two teens were on-board.

Police say that at around 6:05 p.m., officers responded to a report of a school bus driving recklessly by running stop signs and speeding. The bus was then seen parked at Breen Field where the caller says they observed what looked like two juveniles fighting on-board.


WTNH. “PD: Naugatuck bus driver arrested with marijuana while reckless driving with teens on-board” http://www.wtnh.com. 30 November 2018 Web. 2 January 2019 

First impaired driving campaign launched since retail marijuana sales began

For the first time since recreational marijuana sales began in Massachusetts, state leaders are launching an impaired drivers awareness campaign, and it’s not just an educational campaign. The state is putting money behind local enforcement efforts.


Western Mass News. “First impaired driving campaign launched since retail marijuana sales began” http://www.westernmassnews,com. 10 December 2018 Web. 27 December 2018 

Economic and Social Costs of Legalized Marijuana

The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University commissioned this study to better understand the economic and social costs of legalized marijuana.

While much has been written about the tax revenue and total sales generated from commercial marijuana, there has been little research to understand how Coloradans are paying to mitigate the consequences of commercial marijuana.


Centennial Institute of Colorado Christian University. “Economic and Social Costs of Legalized Marijuana” http://www.ccu.edu. Web. 20 December 2018 

Huntley man charged with DUI, reckless homicide in fatal crash

A Huntley man has been charged with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide in the death of his girlfriend in an Elgin crash this spring after test results showed he had more than three times the legal threshold for THC in his blood, according to court records and a police report.


Daily Herald. “Huntley man charged with DUI, reckless homicide in fatal crash” http://www.dailyherald.com. 10 August 2018 Web. 18 December 2018

Pickup driver was drug-impaired leading up to fatal church bus crash

A driver accused of causing a massive deadly crash involving a pickup truck and a church bus was impaired due to his use of marijuana and a prescribed sedative, according to a National Transportation Safety Board investigation.


News 4 San Antonio. “Pickup driver was drug-impaired leading up to fatal church bus crash” http://www.news4sanantonio.com. 16 October 2018 Web. 13 December 2018

Where There’s Smoke… Vaping, Marijuana, and COPD

The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has been a topic of controversy throughout the medical and political worlds for decades.

While marijuana, also known as cannabis, has been used for thousands of years in healing and treatment, it’s currently illegal in many U.S. states.

Regardless of its legal status, the question remains as to whether smoking marijuana is harmful to our lungs, especially for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In the last several years, many people with sensitive lungs have turned to vaping with the idea that it’s a safer smoking experience. But is vaping safer than smoking?


Healthline. “Where There’s Smoke… Vaping, Marijuana, and COPD” http://www.healthline.com. 9 November 2018 Web. 11 December 2018

Marijuana use linked to increase risk of strokes: study

New research is being presented at a conference in Montreal Friday linking recreational cannabis use with an increased risk of stroke.

The study, being outlined at the World Stroke Congress, looked at five years of hospital statistics from the United States.

Researchers found the incidence of stroke rose steadily among marijuana users, even though the overall rate of stroke remained constant over the same period.

The study examined 2.3 million hospitalizations between 2010 and 2014 among people who used cannabis recreationally.


Global News. “Marijuana use linked to increase risk of strokes: study” http://www.globalnews.ca. 19 October 2018 Web. 6 December 2018