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 WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND WHAT IT CONTAINS?

      Marijuana smoke contains more than 400 chemicals,
      some of which are the same cancer-causing substances
      found in tobacco smoke.            1.
          1. Marijuana Plant
          2. Marijuana leaves and seed
          3. Hash
3.        4. Hash Oil
              SO WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?
 Using marijuana in any of its forms poses risks to the user. You
  should be aware that there are :
                           HEALTH RISKS
                           PSYCHOLOGICAL RISKS
                           SAFETY RISKS
                           LEGAL RISKS

 Research shows us that the earlier a young person starts using
  marijuana, the greater the risks of developing future
  problematic substance use.



Source: Health Canada
                    WHAT MAKES YOU HIGH?
 It's called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC and it works on the
   brain. This means it has psychoactive effects. It affects certain
   parts of the brain that are linked to pain sensations, emotion
   and movement.




             SENSE OF EUPHORIA
             BECOME VERY RELAXED

             GIGGLE AND LAUGH A LOT

             GET THE MUNCHIES

             DRY MOUTH

             BECOME DROWSY
Source: Health Canada
Source: Health Canada
COORDINATION AND BALANCE
 Marijuana lessens coordination
  and balance

 Marijuana impairs motor skills

REPRODUCTION AND PREGNANCY
  Marijuana can lower inhibitions and impair
   judgment

  Lower inhibitions can result in unprotected sex,
   increased possibilities of sexually transmitted
   diseases and unwanted pregnancies

 Source: Health Canada
COGNITIVE EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA USE
   Interferes with your ability to concentrate

   Impairs learning

   Impairs some aspects of memory

   Can affect a person's studies and the quality of
    their work in school or on the job
 MENTAL HEALTH
 In people that are at high risk for schizophrenia, such as those
  with a family history of the disorder, marijuana use can trigger
  psychotic episodes.
 Some research has shown that frequent marijuana use is a risk
  factor for later depression and anxiety.


 PROBLEMATIC SUBSTANCE USE
 Regular high-amount users of marijuana may become
  dependent, meaning that they do not feel that they can function
  without marijuana.
 Some marijuana withdrawal symptoms such as cramping and
  insomnia have been observed.



   Source: Health Canada
 SAFETY RISKS
 Being high impairs judgment, mental and physical ability.
 Any activity requiring concentration, good judgment, eyesight,
  coordination, timing, or fast reactions, may be potentially dangerous for
  those who are high

   LEGAL RISKS
 Convictions for any of these offences may result in a fine and/or
  imprisonment.

          A conviction can:
         Ruin a person's credibility when they are trying to find a job

         Prevent them from entering certain professions

         Lead to deportation for immigrants and restrict a person's freedom
          to travel to other countries
Why use it?                  choose not to use
                             marijuana because ?
 Experiment                Of the health risks
 Relax                     It's illegal
 Relieve boredom           Of the psychological effects
 Cope with problems        Of the safety risks
 Stimulate creativity      It's a waste of money
 Be at ease with others    It can have a bad effect on
 Be different
                             school or their future career
                             choices
                            It's used to escape problems
                             instead of dealing with them
                            It may upset their friends and
                             family
SOURCE: CENTER FOR ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH:OSDUS
HIGHLIGHTS 2005).
    New Study Reveals Substance Abuse Costs
              Ontarians $14 Billion

 Tobacco use imposes the greatest cost at $6.1 billion
  (42.4% of the total cost of substance abuse)

 Alcohol accounts for $5.3 billion, or 37.2% of the cost


 Illegal drugs cause the relatively lowest economic
  burden at $2.9 billion (20.4%).



                            Source: Centre for Addiction and
                            Mental Health
MARIJUANA IS, AND WILL
  REMAIN, ILLEGAL .
What is the current legislation governing
 cannabis use and possession in Canada?

 The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) provides
  that a person charged with simple possession of 30 grams or
  less of cannabis or 1 gram or less of cannabis resin may be
  prosecuted summarily and provides for a maximum term of six
  months’ imprisonment, a maximum fine of $1,000 or
  both.

 Provisions of the CDSA apply to both adults and youth.

				
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