Marijuana Use Doubles: Study

Marijuana Use Doubles: Study
Posted by CN Staff on November 24, 2004 at 15:11:08 PT
By The Canadian Press 
Source: Canadian Press 
Ottawa -- The number of Canadians who say they have used cannabis or injectable drugs in the past year has doubled in a decade, according to a major new survey. But addiction specialists still see alcohol abuse as the greater problem. Data from the Canada Addiction Survey, the most comprehensive addictions survey ever done in Canada, presents a disturbing picture of a society increasingly dependent on mood-altering substances.
Fourteen per cent of respondents said they had used cannabis in the last year, up from 7.4 per cent in 1994. Overall, 45 per cent said they had used pot at least once in their lifetime. Nearly seven per cent reported using injection drugs in 2004, which would translate into 269,000 Canadians. That's up from 132,000 in 1994. The survey also suggests that more than four million Canadians have used an injectible drug at some point in their life, up from 1.7 million in 1994. The proportion of drinkers rose to 79.3 per cent this year from 72.3 per cent in 1994. Seven per cent of respondents described themselves as frequent heavy drinkers, up from 5.4 per cent in 1994. Researchers who conducted the study said it showed the need for better drug-control programs but did not indicate alarm at the findings. "This is both a good news and bad news story," Michel Perron of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse told a news conference Wednesday. "Despite the fact that most Canadians drink in moderation and without harm we are concerned about heavy drinking among youth aged 18 to 24. "The increasing use of cannabis by Canadian youth is also an area of concern because we know cannabis is not a benign substance." The reasons for the increasing substance use will become clearer as data are analysed in greater detail, he said. Robert Hanson of Health Canada said the department is working on a campaign targeted at youth to discourage cannabis and alcohol use, and consulting on a national strategy. Ed Adlaf of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health said alcohol is the greatest concern because it affects the most people. He said about 20 per cent of adults are drinking hazardously. Adlaf said he is also concerned that 18 per cent of cannabis users are using the drug daily, and about a third say they can't control their use. Males were more likely than females to have used the drug, and young people had a higher rate of use than older Canadians. The survey also suggests usage increases with education, rising to 52 per cent for those with post-secondary education from 35 per cent among high school dropouts. The updated information comes as the federal government moves to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot. The pro-marijuana group NORML Canada says the survey clearly shows that cannabis laws have failed to deter people from using the drug. The survey was sponsored by Health Canada, the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. Note: Researchers more concerned about booze.Source: Canadian PressPublished: Wednesday, November 24, 2004Copyright: 2004 The Canadian PressRelated Articles & Web Sites:NORML Canada News Canadian Links Finds Pot Puffing Rate Doubled's Remember Prohibition and Legalize -- Canada Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on November 25, 2004 at 11:43:11 PT
When CNews was hacked I don't think we were down but a day. This seems longer then I've seen anywhere before.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on November 25, 2004 at 11:40:17 PT
FoM re CC Blockade
Since Tuesday and I don't know. But Paul Peterson's post was sent to Marc.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 25, 2004 at 11:30:14 PT
I'm busy making dinner but I just tried to get into CC and Pot-TV and they are still down. How many days have they been down? Who did this to them? I'm getting a little upset about this.
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on November 25, 2004 at 11:14:13 PT
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"Despite the fact that most Canadians [toke] in moderation and without harm we are concerned about heavy drinking among youth aged 18 to 24." {The proportion of drinkers rose to 79.3 per cent this year from 72.3 per cent in 1994. Fourteen per cent of respondents said they had used cannabis in the last year, up from 7.4 per cent in 1994.} 79.3% alcohol, 14% cannabis, and they are more concerned about alcohol, but they are concerned about cannabis? "Substance abuse," "addiction," what about coffee, tea, chocolate? And all those government-approved pharmaceuticals, they played the game, they paid the piper. Don't they deserve special treatment. Is self-administration of food and mild herbal stimulants, sedatives, psychedelics, and hypnotics a bad skill set in a free society? Do we wish to live locked into a mono-state of mind: a boring 'white bread' fantasy? You are your #1 doctor [from Medieval Latin doctor, from Latin, teacher, from docEre to teach ], the most available health care provider in your house. As it says in the Constitution, is now and ever shall be.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 25, 2004 at 09:39:35 PT
News Articles from MedPot
Marc does such a fine job with the Canadian News that I thought I should post his links. Many of the Canadian sites are snipped sources for me or pay sites so his work is greatly appreciated.****Canadian Cannabis NewsPro-pot groups says federal policies out of step with Canadians Random school locker searches invasive leading nation in drug use Shades Of Reefer Madness We smoke more and want it to be legal Raids weed out trio of grow-ops OPED: Policy Of Prohibition A Failure COPS SHORTED ON CLONE COUNT wanted to hear Bush (Anne McLellan upset) won't tempt House boos told to go to U.S. are going to pot hosting info sessions on visit Look who's tokin' Neighbouring grow ops busted simultaneously -- it's not just for bohemians any more nation?: More Canadians smoking pot; more than half 
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Please vote! WEBSITES ATTACKED BY HACKERS! 10 shut down in North America are welcomed to post your comments :o)Have a nice day!Marc (medpot)
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