Survey Finds Pot Puffing Rate Doubled in 10 Years

  Survey Finds Pot Puffing Rate Doubled in 10 Years

Posted by CN Staff on November 24, 2004 at 10:53:32 PT
By The News Staff 
Source: CTV  

According to the results of a new national survey, the number of Canadians who puff pot has doubled in the last decade.Painting Canadians their most comprehensive picture of drug and alcohol use in ten years, Health Canada and the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions released the Canadian Addiction Survey (CAS) on Wednesday.
According to the survey results, 14 per cent of respondents admitted using cannabis in the last year. That was up from 7.4 per cent in 1994.Other key findings in the survey include:* Overall, 45 per cent of respondents said they had used pot at least once in their lifetime. Males with higher incomes and more education were the most likely to use cannabis.* The rates of marijuana use are highest among youth, with almost 30 per cent 15-17 year olds and close to 50 per cent of those aged 18 and 19 saying they had used the drug in the past year.* Of those who consumed alcohol in the past year, 17 per cent are considered high-risk drinkers. Drinkers in the high-risk category are predominantly males and those under the age of 25.Addressing reporters at a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday morning, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse CEO Michel Perron said the rates of abuse among youth are alarming."The rise in cannabis use, especially among young Canadians, is of concern because we know that cannabis is not a benign substance," he said. "There are a number of health risks associated with use and these risks increase with a lower age of initiation and more frequent use." Canadian Executive Council on Addictions president John Borody is similarly concerned by the amount of alcohol consumed by young people."The increase in heavy drinking by young Canadians is of concern and awareness and prevention campaigns should be increasingly targeted at these groups," he said."These developments, when taken together, underscore the importance of the federal government's renewed investment in the drug strategy," Health Canada's Robert Hanson told reporters.To that end, he said work is already being done on a youth-targeted campaign to discourage alcohol and marijuana use that includes booklets and a web site as its first phase."Further, Health Canada is consulting with its... partners on a proposed national framework for action on substance abuse," Hanson added.Based on telephone interviews with at least 1,000 citizens in each of the provinces, the CAS is the first national survey dedicated to alcohol and other drug issues since 1994.This report will now be followed by a series of Health Canada surveys conducted every three to five years.Newshawk: DruidSource: CTV (Canada)Published: November 24, 2004Copyright: 2004 Bell Globemedia Interactive Inc. Website: newsonline Related Articles & Web Site:Cannabis News Canadian Links's Remember Prohibition and Legalize Revives Plan To Relax Pot Laws -- Canada Archives 

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Comment #19 posted by kaptinemo on November 26, 2004 at 06:45:18 PT:
FoM, I've got a partial answer as to why
Arrogance. Sheer arrogance.Because of the widespread nature of the attack, and the avowedly Leftist leanings of many of the sites attacked, I can only deduce that it was either Uncle or one of his NGO mercenaries that did it.But as to why? Think back to your schoolyard days...and how long it took for the bully to get his own arse kicked up around his ears. It generally took a long time. That's because the kids who were nice and played by the rules didn't IMMEDIATELY band together to take him on. As a result the bully thought he had a 'mandate' (my, doesn't that sound familiar?) to do whatever he wanted to...and often did. That's arrogance in action. Which generally leads to further predations by the bully. In my mind, this, as seemingly simplistic as it may appear, is what's happening. Bush has gotten away with so much domestically and internationally, that he and his minions believe they can do so indefinitely. They've been emboldened by no one being able to mount a successful challenge of his Administration's illegal policies. Hence this attack.There's an old book titled "Quo Vadis" (Latin for "Where do we go from here?"). It was later made into a really good movie. It was about the crazy Roman Emperor Nero and the effect he had on all around him. Out of irresponsible use of power and hubris, insane and destructive things were done. Needed institutions were wreaked and innocent lives destroyed. The more I see of what's happening in this country today, the more I think of that old novel.
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on November 25, 2004 at 08:25:53 PT
Thank you. I don't understand why people do these things to others. I don't like everyone on this earth but I would never resort to causing harm to them. I never wanted to learn how to hack. It's what I call fighting dirty and it goes against my beliefs.
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Comment #17 posted by afterburner on November 25, 2004 at 08:14:25 PT
Denial of Service Attack
Comment #3 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on November 25, 2004 at 03:59:15 PT 
Massive DoS against Marc Emery and others (in) NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- November 24, 2004 {The US Marijuana Party is reporting a major DoS against those planning the upcoming Bush protest in Canada: }
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on November 25, 2004 at 08:06:23 PT
I've never talked to Marc Emery so I trust that people will keep us informed here. I'm sure he is swamped with e-mails. Is the site still down? I wonder why this happened. It is illegal to hack a person's web site. That happened on CNews years ago and it's a very mean spirited act.
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Comment #15 posted by paulpeterson on November 25, 2004 at 07:01:31 PT
web servers down in Canada only-WHY?
The United States of Prohibition has professional spies that are certainly capable of downing web sites that they wanta get outa town.My own web site was offed in 2002 twice. Each time I railed to the FBI to "protect my First Amendment freedoms". Then the website mysteriously responded as if to come back to life on it's own.The thing is, I also researched a certain law that our Congress passed some time ago which seems directly on point: The "Privacy Protection Act" forbids any law enforcement employee from tampering or confiscating ANY COMPUTER or documents or newspaper that is used to DISSEMINATE INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC! That means, quite simply, that any device in the United States that is used to teach the public CAN NOT BE TAMPERED WITH BY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES. If these GOONS were to off an American contrivance such as a web site positioned here, THERE IS AN INJUNCTION AND DAMAGES TO SEEK UNDER THE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT.In other words, I am thinking that no US site has been corrupted because these guys know there are lawyers to pay if that were to happen.Sorry, I don't have any citation for the law right now, but I will look it up in the next day or two. I saw it the first time when I was looking up the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA), that law that prohibits the federal government from onerously restricting the religious freedoms of marijuana church goers (no, I am not talking about that pasty-faced President's church or nothing).These goons, however, don't think that the Canuks might realize that they can file suit under the Privacy Protection Act because the sites downed still "disseminate" information to more than a handful of Americans, ie: if dissemination of information to Americans is involved, we can still enjoin the loss of Canadian sites. Please, some lawyer should get on this one right away, eh? PAUL PETERSON, broadcasting from within rebel held territory in Illinois (9 towns already in decriminalized terrritory, here on the North Shore).
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Comment #14 posted by afterburner on November 25, 2004 at 04:29:04 PT
FoM -- Re CC and Pot-tv
I haven't been able to access them for two days. I did follow a link from Freedom To Exhale to connect to UpInSmoke regarding the Ottawa protest against GWB's visit. However, their link to CC is down too. An email address to Mark Emery is also available if you want to ask Mark what's going on.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on November 24, 2004 at 18:05:43 PT

You're welcome. I got the idea when CNews went down and I didn't know why. Losing the ability to talk particularly when we don't know what is going on is hard to handle and an alternative is a good thing to have.Happy Thanksgiving! 
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Comment #12 posted by JustGetnBy on November 24, 2004 at 18:00:31 PT

Alternate Link
  FOM  Thanks for having the foresite to provide a way to hear the truth when it becomes dangerous to speak the truth.    Share the love
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on November 24, 2004 at 16:52:32 PT

Have you heard any more about why CC is down? I thought CNews was on the same server as CC. I could be wrong though. If it's a server problem we should be down too I would think.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on November 24, 2004 at 16:32:11 PT

Just in case CNews has trouble bookmarking these two links will keep us in contact if we go down too. That's why I made this little board. For an emergency.
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Comment #9 posted by siege on November 24, 2004 at 16:25:18 PT

last 3 days 
It keep coming up [[[ not on this server ]]] and I know it is there, there's been 8-9 cannabis sights down all day. I have hard time geting cannabis news to day 
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on November 24, 2004 at 16:21:37 PT

I don't understand all that stuff about Linux etc. You know way more then me. I know that my personal site has been very stable. Ron Bennett has kept it good but I don't know how. Duh! I don't buy anything online except from Amazon. I stick with what has worked really well for me. We bank online though and I hope that's secure. CNews has been stable too except a glitch in the registration that I don't understand.
Freedom To Exhale
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Comment #7 posted by afterburner on November 24, 2004 at 16:13:58 PT

Hope It's Not OverZealous US Security Interference
What a coincidence that CC and Pot-TV are down just a week before the George W. Bush visit to Ottawa and the obvious political protests planned for Parliament Hill during his majesty's visit.
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Comment #6 posted by lombar on November 24, 2004 at 16:06:46 PT

I hope they were not serving on windows :).
I have been learning linux in the last few months or so because I am sick of the inherent insecurity of MS.Pot-tv was running on Apache but that has ports to most OS's. Perhaps they are examining the logs. If they think it was hacked they could put it back online(without sensitive info) with the logs being monitored and traffic being monitored real-time. If they use linux/unix I believe (not sure about this) it would be easy to set up a schedule of emailing/ftp ing the log file at regular intervals. As well run packet capturing software to monitor realtime. Filter out the malicious IPs.What is really scary is if they keep Credit card info for subscribers online.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on November 24, 2004 at 15:43:58 PT

The thing that concerns me is people seem concerned that they were hacked. I understand web site glitches and crashes but if they were hacked that upsets me.
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Comment #4 posted by lombar on November 24, 2004 at 15:38:42 PT

CC Down
I guess CC,, and the bc marijuana party all share the same server(s). Perhaps they are upgrading to handle greater loads. Pot-Tv came back last night but is gone again today. Time to get Amd64s :)
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 24, 2004 at 14:41:44 PT

Just a Note
I've been reading that CC is down. I don't know why but it has some folks worried and I thought I should post it. If someone finds out what is wrong please post it. Thanks.
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Comment #2 posted by lombar on November 24, 2004 at 12:21:20 PT

Junk science
How do we know that it is just not the more liberal attitude towards cannabis that encourages people to ADMIT to trying/using cannabis? That usage rates are not spiking, people are just 'coming out' ... Just like the bogus quotes about numbers of grow ops. It's UNKNOWN, probably inflated to scare the masses into supporting a more punitive regime.""The rise in cannabis use, especially among young Canadians, is of concern because we know that cannabis is not a benign substance," he said. ..."Not benign compared to what? Alcohol? Tobbacco? Perhaps vicodin? Oxycontin? Paxil? Those are all legal, physicians can prescribe them, all can cause dependence, all have KILLED. The harms associated with cannabis are minimal...nobody is suggesting that 12 year olds should have access...well... except the drug warriors since prohibition INSURES access by the young.""The increase in heavy drinking by young Canadians is of concern and awareness and prevention campaigns should be increasingly targeted at these groups," he said."Disillusionment with 'freedom' (or lack thereof), constantly being lied to by authorities, watching conditions worsen, having both parents working, feeling helpless to change things, war crimes in prime time, etc... Make the world a crapper that people want to escape and guess what...people TRY to escape. 
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on November 24, 2004 at 12:10:03 PT

2nd Phase
Fight CPS warns, “Here is what the Final Report of the New Freedom Commission suggests:
“The Commission supports implementing systematic screening procedures to identify mental health and substance use problems and treatment needs in all settings in which children, youth, adults, or older adults are at high risk for mental illnesses or in settings in which a high occurrence of co-occurring mental and substance use disorders exists. In addition to specialty mental health and substance abuse treatment settings, screening for co-occurring disorders should be implemented when an individual enters the juvenile or criminal justice systems, child welfare system, homeless shelters, hospitals, senior housing, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and other settings where populations are at high risk. Screening should also occur periodically after an individual enters any of these facilities.”“When mental health problems are identified, children, youth, adults, and older adults should be linked with appropriate services, supports, or diversion programs. Additionally, given the high incidence of substance use disorders among parents of children in the child welfare system, where indicated, these parents should be screened for co-occurring disorders and linked with appropriate treatment and supports.”To make matters even worse, the Federal government is funding research to find cannabis blockers as a way of “treating” cannabis users. Thus, when cannabis users are identified under the NFI, they could be forced to take cannabis blockers in order to regain custody of their children and/or be released from “treatment.”
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