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Marijuana - If You Are Between The Ages of 13-19

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Marijuana, hashish (hash) and hash oil all come from the Cannabis Sativa plant, a type of Hemp plant. All three contain tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, a chemical that changes the way you think, feel and act.

The Marijuana grown today is much stronger than in the past. Today, the level of THC found in marijuana is between 6%-30%. In the past the levels of THC found in marijuana were close to 0.5%-3%.

Common Street Names for Marijuana

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Common Street Names for Smoking Marijuana

How many Teenagers use Marijuana?

Teenagers may believe that “everybody’s doing it” and use that as an excuse to start using marijuana themselves. This is not true. In Durham Region, about 1/3 (31%) of high school students reported using marijuana in the past 12 months. This number is not as big as a teenager may think it is.

The Short Term Effects of Marijuana

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Also, a person could potentially experience:

The Long Term Effects of Marijuana

Legal Status of Marijuana in Canada

Under the Canadian Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Marijuana is a Schedule II drug. This means that growing, possessing, distributing and selling marijuana is illegal. If caught, you can be fined and serve jail time.

Marijuana and Driving

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If you smoke marijuana and drive, you are at higher risk for being in a motor vehicle accident because you have

These side effects make it hard to react in an emergency.

Drug-impaired driving is a criminal offence in Canada. If you are caught, you can lose your licence, be fined, or spend time in jail. You can be charged even if you are behind the wheel and have not started driving.