Early in July, Canadians with substance use problems received support from an unexpected group: Canada’s police chiefs. This is taken from the statement of Chief Constable Adam Palmer, the President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, on July 9, 2020: “The CACP proposes increased access to healthcare, treatment and social services to divert …

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For most jurisdictions where they were legal, alcohol and marijuana were available at every stage of the pandemic. In North America, the shops selling marijuana and alcohol were deemed an “essential service” which meant that they were open throughout the pandemic, in the same way as grocery stores and pharmacies were open. Even in news …

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Isn’t that a title that captures your attention? But this essay is not about the first thing that might naturally come to mind with the title Parenting and Marijuana. This is my way of introducing the two topics that I want to spend the summer considering. I have spent the last four months writing about …

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Many youth who use marijuana regularly will develop an addiction to marijuana. But how do you know when this is happening? How do you know when your teen is addicted to marijuana? Reading the popular press, a parent, or youth themselves, may get the impression that marijuana is not an addictive drug. This is not …

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Harm Reduction is a difficult topic to explain to people: parents, educators, lawmakers don’t always understand why I can be satisfied with a youth lowering their drug use when they really need to stop their drug use. Harm reduction can sound like a clinician is giving in – the second to last step before giving …

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Since April 2017, I have been considering how cannabis legalization will be implemented in Canada. As a psychiatrist who sees only adolescents, I have been emphasizing the need for a robust public health campaign so that the best information about cannabis is easily available to youth, their parents and the organizations that support them. Over …

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When I first reviewed the Government of Ontario’s approach to legal marijuana, I was disappointed. I was hoping for an approach with a strong foundation in public health. I feel strongly about this and wrote about my concerns for the Ottawa Citizen. As I read the views of other health stakeholders in legal marijuana, I …

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