Expert prescribes kid drug lessons

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TORONTO (CP) Children should start learning about drugs in grade 1, says Heinz Lehmann, a professor of psychiatry at McGill University.
“They learn about coffee from seeing their parents drink it and about alcohol from watching their father or mother get drunk,” Lehmann said in an interview, “If they were educated about drugs, they’d understand and know more than their parents do now about all the possible dangers.”

No quick change planned in pot possession laws
OTTAWA (CP) the federal government promised provincial attorneys-general Friday it will not change laws against possession of marijuana until it decides how dangerous the drug is.

Cancer victim dies as marijuana is legalized
LANSING Mich (AP) Keith Nutt was breaking the law each time he smoked marijuana to ease the pain of his cancer treatments.Just hours after he died, the state of Michigan made his remedy legal.

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Cancer clinics test benefits of cannabis

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TORONTO (CP) – The medical benefits of cannabis, of which marijuana and hashish are derivatives, are being tested at cancer clinics, says Dr. Ian Henderson. director of the federal bureau of drugs. a Henderson said in a telephone interview from Ottawa there are three programs going on at cancer clinics in Winnipeg, Vancouver and Hamilton under the authorization of the health and protection branch of the federal ministry of health and welfare.

Expert says Columbia gets $8 billion a year from drugs
VANCOUVER(CP) The illegal drug trade in Colombia has reached such alarming dimensions that it threatens the country’s political’ stability, says political scientist Richard Craig of the United States. The Kent State University professor told the International Congress of Americanists Monday the drug industry nets Colombia about $8 billion a year, triple the Colombian federal budget. But Craig said most Latin American countries are still reluctant to cooperate with U.S. programs aimed at curbing the massive production of illegal drugs.

Drug offences drop in 1978, report shows
TORONTO (CP) – The number of drug offences in Canada declined in 1978, preliminary crime statistics prepared by Statistics Canada indicate. Behind the drop is a five-per-cent decline in the number of cannabis offences, the category of marijuana and hashish that continues to dominate Canada’s drug statistics. The total number of drug offences declined to 60,747 last year from 63,843 in 1977 – a 4.8-per-cent drop. Marijuana and hashish offences reported to Statistics Canada by police made up more than 87 per cent of drug offences in 1978. There were 53,378 offences last year, a drop of five per cent from the 56,447 in 1977. I However. Heroin and cocaine offences, while small in number compared with cannabis, jumped dramatically in 1978 – by 19 per cent for heroin to 1,221and by 16 per cent to 1,030 for cocaine.

Catholic women’s group seeks marijuana study
The Catholic Women’s League of Canada wants further study of the effects of marijuana-smoking and is also calling for a federal government review of the way bottle-feeding for infants is promoted. The league today winds up its 59th annual convention held here this week. More that 300 delegates representing 112,000 members across Canada attended the event.

Convictions drop
OTTAWA (CP) ~ Convictions for marijuana and hashish possession dropped last year, possibly because enforcement stressed the more serious trafficking and importation of the drugs, the health department said Thursday. A department release said convictions for cannabis offences reported by enforcement agencies to the federal bureau of dangerous drugs dropped 16 per cent to 31,718.