It almost makes me wish he'd do something actionable with all that content rather than use it in verbal sparring matches to disprove the negative impact and consequences it's had on his life. Ironically that's one of pot's biggest and most arguable effects: A-motivational Syndrome.
In the spirit of sharing resources with readers, here are some fascinating recent news items regarding marijuana. As parents, it's important to arm ourselves with information so we can make our own determinations and be prepared to counter the news stream that our kids may use to support using marijuana whether recreationally or otherwise.
One of the most concerning things about young adults using marijuana to excess has to do with how it impacts their brains. In a recent issue of Psychology Today, I learned of new research that points to a specific part of the brain – the insula – and how chemicals in marijuana and other cannabis-based substances create a lack of
Not all of the current information out there is necessarily in support of abstinence, but nonetheless, I try to keep abreast of what's in the news. To do so, I get daily Google Alerts with top news headlines related to marijuana. There's not a day that goes by that I don't get a minimum of 10 headlines from around the United States. It's a quick way to get up to speed and to see the volume of information about marijuana.
Some recent Google Alerts:
New York Daily News
An Ohio teenager has been charged with running a multimillion dollar drug ring, allegedly selling high-grade marijuana to his classmates and students at a nearby suburban high school. The 17-year-old suspect, a student at Mason High School in Mason
Marin County operator Lynnette "Bluesetta" Shaw reported a loss for 2008 and 2009. The IRS denied all deductions and sent a $1.27 million bill. She also faces a $276000 back sales tax bill.
Los Angeles Times
City leaders say Harborside Health Center follows state and local laws and that its closure would have serious economic consequences.
A little-known and infrequently used state provision that allowed some residents to deduct medical marijuana expenses from food stamp eligibility applications has been killed after a federal advisory threatened to exact penalties on the states' programs.
Sky News Australia
Women who use marijuana before pregnancy double their risk of giving birth prematurely, a new study shows. The University of Adelaide study surveyed 3000 Australian and New Zealand women to determine the risk factors for pre-term births.
I realize that for every article that supports our concerns for our son, there are as many that point toward the prevalence of marijuana presented in a more positive light. That's all the more reason to know the facts and formulate your actions based on the impact it has on your kids and family.