Month: June 2020

The Link Between Marijuana, Psychosis, and Suicide

BreakPoint 29 June 2020 Family First Comment: The title of the study telegraphs the punchline: “Legalized Cannabis in Colorado Emergency Departments: A Cautionary Review of Negative Health and Safety Effects.” Cannabis legalization has led to significant health consequences, particularly to patients…

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Majority of Kiwis still against legalising cannabis, according to latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll

TVNZ One News 29 June 2020 Family First Comment: Excellent result – despite a significant spend by the Drug Foundation ($300k).. “According to the poll, those more likely than average to be against legalising cannabis are National Party supporters and people…

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Washington State’s liberalized recreational cannabis policy: Healthy Youth Survey, 2008-2018

SpringerLink 8 June 2020 Family First Comment: The state legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012. Adolescent marijuana use after legalization remained steady or trended down slightly. However, the 2018 survey indicates a slight upward trend for 8th and 10th grade…

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New report says NZ needs better data on stepfamilies

Media Release 30 June 2020 Many children’s lives today are marked by family turmoil. They live with parents who experience multiple relationship transitions leading to fractured family and friend networks, changes of neighbourhoods and schools. These children live with loss…

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The Doctor Is In: Answering Your Marijuana Questions

Family First Comment: Dr. Jerome Adams is the 20th Surgeon General of the United States. He addresses marijuana-related questions he often receives including those related to the chemical composition and potency of today’s marijuana, associated risks, and what parents and…

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Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? It’s contentious, but doctors, feds say yes

USA Today 31 January 2020 Family First Comment: If he remains off pot and symptom-free a year after the episode, the psychiatrist can say with certainty he suffered from “cannabis-induced psychosis.” “What shocked me is that I had never heard…

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New book examines assisted dying ahead of 2020 referendum

Radio NZ News 28 June 2020 Family First Comment: This new book is worth checking out… “[This bill] is intended for very few, the extreme cases probably. I assumed that the people we would be offering this to would be in…

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‘Kicked, hit, slapped and bitten’ – Quarter of primary school teachers feel unsafe in class – survey

Radio NZ News 26 June 2020 Family First Comment: “We’re seeing young people who are exhibiting behaviours that are violent, we’re seeing young people melt down in classrooms, we’re seeing young people that are disrupting other students around them and in…

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