Reefer madness

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Date: June 22, 2007
Publisher: CNW Group Ltd. - Globe & Mail
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 172 words
Content Level: (Level 4)
Lexile Measure: 1230L

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Byline: Irwin Silverman; professor emeritus of psychology, York University

Freedom of speech and good judgment often come into conflict; it's what keeps ethicists busy (But We Didn't Inhale - letters, June 21). It's true that evidence on the adverse effects of marijuana is meagre, but that only means that, to date, it hasn't been proved harmful, not that it's harmless. Meantime, there's sound evidence that the brain continues to mature into late adolescence; hence, it would be extremely poor judgment to encourage high-school students to experiment with a habit-forming, mind-altering drug.

Given his age, I can understand Kieran King's naive passion for truth (Free Speech Goes Up In Smoke At School - front page, June 20), but Mom's position eludes me. Many of us who were parents of teens during the '70s and '80s "lived in the culture" but were nevertheless grateful the schools were scaring the bejeebers out of our kids about drugs. Yes, it was hypocrisy and, yes, it was censorship, but, all of that notwithstanding, it was good judgment.

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