Cannabis Education after Legalizationby Roger Bluteau Roger Bluteau have a Professional
As we know that cannabis has been legalized in Canada and a few states in America, ever since its legalization a strong need is being felt for cannabis education for parents as well as youths. Maybe education targeting youth is far more important and urgent, which is to save them from all the harms of cannabis. Recent studies have shown that the rate of use of cannabis in youth has come down in recent years but is still high when compared to other age groups. Although these results are not the same everywhere for example in Canada there is no increase as such in consumption after legalization but in the USA there is a slight increase in cannabis in the last decade with every third student under 18 having used it once before 18 years of age. But irrespective of the surveys one thing is sure that cannabis is quite a popular drug in youth so educating them, especially after its legalization is of utmost importance so that risk or harm from it can be minimized.
Recently there has been a shift in the approach of people and regulatory bodies who work in preventing the use of substance abuse from all or nothing approach to minimizing harm to those who are into substance abuse. This harm-reduction orientation Is based on health equity and human rights for people who use drugs. Harm reduction involves a range of strengths-based and health-promoting policies and practices, which seek to address the adverse health, social and economic factors that contribute to substance use harms. In addition, it is based on the understanding that many of the harms of substance use are socially determined and unequally distributed, requiring solutions grounded in social justice. Moreover, a harm reduction approach prioritizes the expertise of people who use substances in defining what is best for them and their communities within the context of interventions and policies.
Cannabis education can be imparted at cannabis events, which are now very common worldwide. although in the last 2 years because of the covid pandemic there has been very few faces to face cannabis events but as the things stand as of now all event planners and players in the industry are planning many cannabis events this year. Taking into account the participation of youth in these events, cannabis events can be used as a great platform for cannabis education.
There are many programs run at the school level and at other places too, to stop youth from any kind of substance abuse or drug abuse. But despite these programs, there has not been any significant downfall in several youths doing substance abuse. This harm-reduction program or approach surely has the potential to overcome all the shortfalls of existing drug use eradication programs that are run with the approach of all or nothing.
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