Month: February 2020

Rate of U.S. college students using marijuana at 35-year high

MarketWatch 5 September 2019 Family First Comment: Disturbing.. “ About 43% of full-time college students said they used some form of pot at least once in the past year, up from 38%, a University of Michigan survey found. About 25% said…

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Carolyn’s story – “I tried to end my life after my abortion”

19 years ago, 17-year-old Carolyn made a permanent decision to a temporary problem. She was unexpectedly pregnant, and she mistakenly thought that an abortion was the only solution. After the abortion, she attempted to take her own life. Fortunately, she…

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Teen use of cannabis has dropped in New Zealand, but legalisation could make access easier

The Conversation 21 February 2020 Family First Comment: Cannabis use has been declining in many Western nations where cannabis use remains illegal, including New Zealand. This appears to be part of a broader shift in adolescent behaviour, not a response to…

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Mixing weed, alcohol and driving: The ‘unanswered question’ in the cannabis referendum

NewsHub 22 February 2020 Family First Comment: This is a situation where one plus one actually equals a lot more than two. People don’t realise that the combination of alcohol and cannabis… acts as a multiplier. Combining even a small amount…

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Number of teens trying cannabis drops, new figures show

Radio NZ News 21 February 2020 Family First Comment: Great news. Similar to drops in smoking, teen sex and teen abortions. Don’t legalise drugs and mess up the positive trend. “previous studies into cannabis use amongst teens from 2001 to 2012…

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Legalising cannabis: Supporters, opponents take swipes at each other as polls show knife-edge decision

NZ Herald 21 February 2020 Family First Comment: McCoskrie attributed the decline of the ‘yes’ vote to the strength of the ‘no’ campaign so far, including a 24-page pamphlet that had been delivered nationwide.  He added that people had mistakenly thought…

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Kate Hawkesby: Drug Foundation cannabis survey shouldn’t be trusted

NewsTalk ZB 21 February 2020 Family First Comment: Spot on! “Two independent surveys recently showed support for cannabis reform dropping to 39 percent, and yet the Drug Foundation.. an organisation propped up with government funding, with vested political interests acting as…

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SAY NOPE TO DOPE: Jake’s story – mental illness, psychotic symptoms, dropping out of university

Jake went to university to study to become a doctor. He became the front-person for NORML (National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws – very pro-legalisation) on campus. Every Friday at 4:20pm, he would host up to 60 people…

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Nearly a third of middle-aged Kiwis trying meth, new study finds

TVNZ One News 19 February 2020 Family First Comment: Don’t tell the politicians or the Drug Foundation. They’ll start suggesting that we legalise the awful drug ☹… “The study, the first of its kind to draw a correlation between meth…

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