Judge warns teen about long-term marijuana use

KITCHENER — A judge gave a young Kitchener pot smoker a small lecture on Friday while alluding to the Liberal promise to legalize marijuana.

Justice Colin Westman told Goran Jazic, 19, that marijuana has medicinal value but, similar to alcohol, it can have a "negative impact," especially with long-term use.

Jazic, who attended Wilfrid Laurier University for a year, is intelligent, the judge said.

"Don't compromise it with this stuff," Westman told him. "To succeed in this world, you have got to have all your wits about you."

Westman noted the Liberal government will likely legalize marijuana soon.

On Christmas Day in 2014, Jazic and two friends were looking for a discrete place to smoke marijuana. They went behind a building on Trillium Drive in Kitchener, noticed a piece of cardboard covering a sizable hole in the building, removed the cardboard and went inside.

An alarm went off. Police arrested...

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