Protect kids from ganja!


The strong push to decriminalise ganja in Jamaica for medicinal use or scientific purposes has accelerated recently and is said to be on the parliamentary agenda for the upcoming legislative year. Many have trumpeted potential benefits of this matter as including gains in human rights, tourism, medicinal research, taxation, agricultural and broad economic benefits.

Specifically, there has been much discussion regarding a possible medicinal marijuana industry that could bring potentially great economic benefits to Jamaica. However, not much, if any discussion, has occurred on the burdens or risks that come with decriminalising ganja.

A study published in the February 7, 2014 edition of the medical journal, Annals of Emergency Medicine, found that the incidence of marijuana (ganja) exposure in children has increased between 2005 and 2011 in the states of the USA that have passed marijuana legislation. The data were gathered from the America Association of...

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