Canadian Students Getting Dopier!

Marijuana use linked to poorer school performance, major new research reveals

Teenagers who started smoking cannabis regularly were likely to be dissuaded from going on to university, despite previous ambitions

Rachael Pells Education Correspondent@rachaelpells Thursday 11 May 2017 11:15 BST

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Teenagers who smoke marijuana regularly achieve poorer grades at school and risk their chances of going to university, according to a major new scientific study.

A longitudinal study of more than 26,400 pupils in Canada found those who started using marijuana at least once a month were around half as likely to achieve high grades as they were before taking up the habit, and were ultimately less likely to pursue university ambitions.

Marijuana users were also four times more likely to skip classes and two-to-four times less likely to complete their homework and value getting good grades For more


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The legislative session is over! Time to get into training — to beat Big Marijuana!

It’s Time to Hold a SAM Boot Camp!Now that the legislative session is over, it’s time to start training to continue to beat Big Marijuana and the threat that this industry poses to our kids and communities!  We beat pot legalization in every state in 2017 but it’s time to refresh and learn about new strategies to have another successful 2018!
Here’s how a SAM Boot Camp in your state can help. We go beyond slogans and cliches to give you a data-driven and tested approach to opposing marijuana legalization. This approach has a proven track record of success, especially in state legislatures.
Also, you get to choose the topics that best fit your state’s circumstances.  These can include:Get Past the Hype & Understand What Is Really Going On with Pot Legalization!There are so many stories and media hype about legalization. SAM’s Boot Camps help to get past the hype and gives the real story of pot legalization based on the latest data and research.
Topics include cutting-edge studies on the social costs of marijuana legalization and legalization’s impact on businesses. Learn What to Say and How to Say It!What messages work best? (Hint:  they aren’t always what you might think they are.) Based on years of experience and professional opinion polling, SAM will teach you and your team the messages that have worked best in the field.

Contact SAM now to schedule a SAM Boot Camp so that you can train for success!

Then, we will teach you how to effectively leverage that experience to have the greatest impact in your state!How to Gather More Partners in Your Fight For Health and Safety!Grassroots efforts, combined with the right messages, are what wins this fight!  Learn how to gather more partners for your fight against pot legalization and messages that can be used to influence community leaders.Need Something Smaller?SAM also organizes smaller-scale seminars for smaller groups. Book a 1-to-3 hour talk/training/townhall with us — email us today to learn more!
Contact SAM now to schedule a SAM Boot Camp so that you can train for success!

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Psychedelics Study is Chance to Learn from Past Mistakes

Movers and shakers behind “medical” marijuana use the term “compassion” as a marketing scheme.  To avoid FDA scrutiny, they devised a scam, recorded on videotapes, to bring about full legalization.  Perhaps they’re pushing new “medicinal” uses for hallucinogenic drugs  for similar reasons.

Ethan Nadelmann, formerly executive director of Drug Policy Alliance, explained the underlying plan on Reddit.   “Michael Pollan’s forthcoming book on psychedelics and medicine will take media interest to yet another level. The more people know about this, the faster psychedelics will be legally accepted as medicines.”  Nadelmann engages his followers with wishful thinking.  In a TED talk, he said: “Our desire to alter our consciousness may be as fundamental as our desire for food, companionship, and sex.”

When Pollan has spoken to the press, he mentions psychedelics as “palliative” care in people facing the end of life.  It sounds familiar, because the pot lobbyists initially promoted medical marijuana for end-of-life care.  In reality, it’s mostly young men with pain who use “medical” marijuana, not the cancer and AIDs patients for whom it was intended.  More recently pot advocates promote it to treat psychiatric disorders.

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Ads aim to dispel myth that driving on cannabis is acceptable

Young Canadians targeted in new Liberal ads warning of the risks of cannabis behind the wheel

By Dean Beeby, CBC News Posted: July 06, 2017

The Liberal government is planning a $2-million ad campaign targeting Canadians ages 16 to 24, to dispel the myth that cannabis does not impair driving.The Liberal government is planning a $2-million ad campaign targeting Canadians ages 16 to 24, to dispel the myth that cannabis does not impair driving. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Dean Beeby
Senior reporter, Parliamentary Bureau

Dean Beeby is a CBC journalist, author and specialist in freedom-of-information laws. Follow him on Twitter: @DeanBeeby

The Liberal government is preparing an ad campaign especially targeting young Canadians who think that driving under the influence of marijuana is acceptable.

Public Safety Canada is looking for a creative agency to produce spots for the $1.9-million campaign, to be rolled out before recreational cannabis becomes legal next summer.

The ads also aim to “reduce [the] percentage of Canadians that say they would be likely to accept a ride from someone under the influence of marijuana.” For more


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In Uruguay’s marijuana experiment, the government is your pot dealer

Marijuana club operator Marco Algorta is seen growing a strain known as “Colombian Red” in a rooftop greenhouse on June 22 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the world’s first nation to fully legalize cannabis. (Nick Miroff/The Washington Post)
By Nick Miroff July 7 

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — In coming weeks, cannabis-seeking citizens in this small South American nation will be able to walk into a pharmacy and buy government-approved marijuana for the state-mandated price of $1.30 a gram. No questions asked. No doctor’s note required.

If that sounds like an attempt to create a stoner republic on the South Atlantic, would-be tourists should know a few things.

Uruguay is the world’s first country to fully legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. But under its strict rules, there will be no Amsterdam-style smoking cafes, and foreigners won’t have access to the national stash.

Nor will there be shops selling ganja candies, psychedelic pastries or any of the other edible derivatives offered in pot-permissive U.S. states such as Colorado and Washington, where entrepreneurial capitalism fertilizes the United States’ incipient marijuana industry.

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Residents March Against Pot Dispensary – San Francisco

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S.A.M. News Roundup – June 2017

News Roundup

June 2017
SAM has been working hard to get out the news on our website and in news outlets throughout the country, so we wanted to give you an update on some of our recent work:

This August 16, SAM will host its Summer Summit on marijuana policy at Baltimore’s Marriott Waterfront hotel, in conjunction with the National Conference on Addiction Disorders.  Speakers will include  

NIDA Director Nora Volkow.   Register now!

The Hill reports on SAM’s win in Vermont -

SAM’s latest win (and winning strategy) in Vermont is featured in The Hill – follow the link below to learn more!  This win also accompanies success in the Rhode Island state legislature, where a SAM-led coalition prevented a legalization bill from passing.

SAM pushes back in New Jersey –
Compton petitions against pot shops –
In New Jersey, a state currently considering  legalization, SAM President Kevin  Sabet goes head-to-head with the executive  director of NORML in an  extended  commentary for Asbury Park Press
SAM was featured in a CBS-LA news story about Compton, California residents protesting pot shops in their community and petitioning Attorney General Sessions to enforce federal marijuana laws

SAM is part of the “Keep Delaware Healthy and Safe Coalition,” and the coalition recently put out a piece in Delaware State News separating myth from fact on marijuana legalization. This coalition successfully pushed back against a marijuana legalization bill this session.

We push back against sham science in a piece in the Miami Herald on attempts to force the Florida government to allow the sale of smoked marijuana:  remember, smoked marijuana is not medicine.

Read about how the marijuana industry has been actively soliciting money from tobacco executives in SAM President Kevin Sabet’s latest piece for The Huffington Post

SAM supporter John Kroneck was published in USA Today with an op-ed denouncing marijuana legalization efforts in his state

SAM released a statement on the recent news that PNC Bank is closing the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)’s bank accounts
amidst mounting speculation of a crackdown on marijuana  businesses
Kevin Sabet on NPR Chicago

SAM President Kevin Sabet recently went live with NPR Chicago to present the case against marijuana legalization in Illinois, including why legalizing pot won’t make the state richer. Listen here.

Kevin also talked to NPR Boston about buyer’s remorse in Massachusetts, and the path forward on regulations. Listen here.


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As always, thank you for being a SAM supporter – and please don’t hesitate to share this recent news far & wide!

Have a great week,

Anisha Gianchandani

SAM Communications Associate


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I.N.C.B. Annual Report 2016


INCB notes that, in the outcome document, Member States underscored the role of the three international drug control treaties as the basis for international cooperation, ensuring the availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical and scientific purposes, preventing illicit drug crop cultivation and production and addressing drug trafficking and abuse. Governments have demonstrated that they intend to fulfil their joint commitments to cooperate on demand and supply reduction as well as on preventing diversion. At the special session of the General Assembly, the international community reaffirmed the pivotal role of the conventions and reiterated its commitment to their implementation. However, some actors will continue to talk about a need to “modernize” the treaties and their provisions; INCB is of the view that the international drug control system continues to provide a modern and flexible structure that can meet the world’s drug control needs of today and tomorrow.

In that context, INCB calls upon all stakeholders to place science and evidence-based approaches at the centre of drug control discussions. INCB sees its treaty-mandated role in determining the extent to which implementation at the national level is within the flexibility allowed for by the conventions. As we have often pointed out, the conventions provide for a certain flexibility at the national level, particularly with respect to determining appropriate sanctions, including non- punitive or non-custodial measures, for minor offences, for example for possession of drugs for personal use. However, flexibility has limits; it does not extend to regulating the use of drugs for non- medical purposes. States parties are now challenged to examine how to respond to the developments in some countries that are in contravention of the treaties by permitting and regulating the nonmedical use of drugs. A special topic in chapter II of the present report explores the possible effects of legislation in several jurisdictions that permits the non-medical use of cannabis.

The success of future international cooperation on drug control will depend on the ability of States parties to recognize that the treaties emphasize, first and foremost, the health needs and human rights of individuals. As a treaty-monitoring body, INCB assumes that the States parties themselves understand that it is their treaty obligation to prevent and treat drug abuse and reduce its negative consequences, based on the principles and provisions of the conventions and political declarations. Protecting the health and welfare of humankind remains the ultimate goal of the international drug control system; all drug-related policies and programmes that address current challenges in a balanced manner, in conformity with the treaties and with respect for human rights, will continue to be acknowledged and supported by INCB.

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PERMISSION – NOT Prohibition is ‘Doping’ and Destroying our kids!

Pamela McColl, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia.  This letter, “Prohibition Works,” was first published in The Province, June 28, 2017.

In 1978, 10.7 per cent of U.S. high school students smoked cannabis every day. Survey data shows that marijuana use peaked in 1979 and was followed by a period of dramatic decline until 1992, when the rate of high school students who smoked pot daily dropped below two per cent.

Between 1979 and 1991, a huge prevention campaign in North America coincided with the dramatic decrease in drug use. Parents, teachers, police, youth leaders, social workers, churches and the children themselves all got involved. It worked. Users fell from 23 million to 14 million, cannabis and cocaine use halved and daily pot use dropped by 75 per cent.

Anyone who doesn’t believe that prohibition works either doesn’t know, or doesn’t remember, the rise and fall of drug use in the 1980s, and what it took to turn kids off the use of drugs.

Editor’s Note: Another success story was getting rid of Quaaludes, a scourge on American youth at the same time. By 1984, the DEA successfully stopped the worldwide production of Quaaludes.


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Twin Plagues: Meth Rises in Shadow of Opioids


America can’t quit its meth habit.

After a brief lull caused by a crackdown on domestic manufacturing techniques, the highly addictive stimulant is blooming across the country again, this time in the shadows of the opioid epidemic.

Because meth kills slowly, and at lower rates, it isn’t getting the attention that many researchers, law enforcement officials and health workers say it deserves. They worry it will eventually overwhelm the country as heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers have.

Some states are fighting both epidemics at once.

“All of a sudden, it’s everywhere again,” Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said.

Schimel commissioned a study of meth in his state, which estimated that its use had jumped by at least 250 percent since 2011, a pace that could overtake heroin. “We are entering another full-blown epidemic with meth,” he said.

Ohio, a focal point of the opioid epidemic, is also battling a meth resurgence, particularly in rural areas, authorities have said. Reports indicate the same happening in Texas, Montana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Iowa and South Dakota

Meth Cases in Wisconsin More than Tripled in 10 Years

Researchers point out that meth addiction has always been a big problem in America. For more


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