Marijuana Edibles: A Recipe for Trouble?

first_imgParent Map 1 March 2017Family First Comment: Be warned, New Zealand“While today’s teens are less likely to use tobacco or drink, youth marijuana use is creeping up. Washington’s most recent Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) showed decreasing alcohol and tobacco use with teens two times more likely to use marijuana than smoke cigarettes. One in five high school sophomores and one in four high school seniors reported marijuana use in the past month. Marijuana edibles look like supermarket products, and there’s no smoke, so kids can use them without adults catching on. Even though pot edibles, like all marijuana products in Washington state, are legally off-limits to the under-21 crowd, acquiring the treats is no problem for kids… Because the THC in an edible marijuana product can take an hour or two after ingestion to take effect, overdosing is all too easy, says Liebelt. Kids may eat a piece of candy and feel no effect, so they’ll eat another piece 20 minutes later. Within a couple of hours, they could be feeling sicker than they’ve ever felt, or worse — they could lose consciousness.”Teens looking to catch a buzz after an Eastside high school’s recent winter tolo dance were met with a little less smoke and a lot more sugar. Instead of joints and cigarettes, marijuana edibles — mostly candies and cookies — were pocketed and slipped into the dance and after-parties, often without raising suspicion among supervising adults, says 17-year-old Hannah, a junior at the school. “That was the main way I heard about parties going down,” she says. “It’s a very recent trend. [Pot] has always been around, but this seems much more prevalent.”It’s easy to understand why: Marijuana edibles look like supermarket products, and there’s no smoke, so kids can use them without adults catching on. Even though pot edibles, like all marijuana products in Washington state, are legally off-limits to the under-21 crowd, acquiring the treats is no problem for kids, says Hannah.In her experience, many kids get edibles from older siblings or college-age friends, most of whom purchase them at one of Seattle’s many retail pot establishments. Since the state’s first recreational marijuana shops opened in 2014, the state has granted nearly 1,000 producer licenses and almost 500 retail licenses, making pot truly mainstream.The new drug of choiceWhile today’s teens are less likely to use tobacco or drink, youth marijuana use is creeping up. Washington’s most recent Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) showed decreasing alcohol and tobacco use with teens two times more likely to use marijuana than smoke cigarettes. One in five high school sophomores and one in four high school seniors reported marijuana use in the past month.It’s important to note that the HYS indicates fewer teens believe marijuana to be harmful, says Liz Wilhelm, M.S., of the Adolescent Medicine division at Seattle Children’s Hospital’s and the drug-free communities coordinator with the Prevention Works in Seattle (WINS) Coalition. “As beliefs about perceived harm go down, use goes up,” says Wilhelm.If teens don’t believe marijuana is harmful, it’s likely because adults don’t, either. A majority of Seattleites voted to legalize recreational pot in 2012, making it clear that we don’t object to pot-related relaxation for adults. But kids’ bodies and brains differ from those of adults, and tolerance for marijuana products varies widely among youths, says Dr. Erica Liebelt, medical director for the Washington Poison Center (WAPC).READ MORE: https://www.parentmap.com/article/marijuana-edibles-teenagers-legal-drugslast_img read more

Noteboom notches Kossuth County lidlifter

first_imgALGONA, Iowa (May 4) – Jay Noteboom was the opening night IMCA Modified winner at Kossuth County Speedway.Noteboom slid past Tad Reutzel for the top spot following a restart and those two cars pulled away. Note­boom took the win with Reutzel right behind him in his yellow no. 5R rig.Tom Berry Jr. ended in third with Jeremy Mills fourth and Tim Ward rounding out the top five.  Justin Sack­ett moved up four spots as the feature’s hard charger while Shane Swanson and Noteboom won the two modified heat races.After taking the lead early, Elijah Zevenbergen never looked back in topping the IMCA Sunoco Stok Car main event.Colby Fett built up a big lead before weaving his way through lapped traffic to the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers.Defending champion Shannon Anderson took the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers and Nate Coop­man was fastest in a field of 18 Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Mother Nature had pushed back the opening night event for a week.last_img read more

Husband’s murder trial commences

first_imgBagotville wife’s stabbing…emotional witness recalls victim screaming for helpNearly three years after Donessa Barker had met her demise allegedly at the hands of her husband, Miguel Barker, the trial of her husband for murder commenced in the High Court before Justice Navindra Singh on Monday.Miguel Barker, also known as ‘Allan’, stands accused of stabbing his wife Donessa at the Bagotville, West Bank Demerara home they shared on the night of April 30, 2015.Deceased: Donessa BarkerDonessa Barker, also called “Vanessa”, allegedly collapsed and died after being dealt several stabs about her body following an argument between the two. Miguel Barker has denied the State’s murder indictment.Monday’s trial saw the State calling its first witness, Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh, whose testimony was in relation to the injuries the woman had suffered. Donessa Barker’s cause of death was given as hemorrhage and shock due to stab wound.Also testifying was Policeman Jemain Elcock, who was a detective at the time of Donessa Barker’s demise. He told the jury that he had chased and arrested Miguel Barker at ‘B’ Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown in May 2015. According to the Police witness, as the accused was being cautioned, he remarked: “Is not me; is me brother.”“He was calm and not handcuffed,” Elcock observed.Elcock maintained that Barker was not beaten when he was cross-examined by Defence Counsel Maxwell McKay. The constable, however, admitted that he could not recall the “B” Field Sophia address where he had arrested Barker, who was said to have fled after his wife’s killing.Reports are that the Barkers were having marital troubles and would often argue. Javonna Frank, who lived a few houses from the murdered woman, recalled on the day of Donessa Barker’s demise that she and her step-sister Sheneeza Clarke were having a conversation when Clarke’s cellphone rang and she heard her call out for “Vanessa!”An emotional Frank, who had bolted from the witness box when she first began testifying, was able to gather her composure and tell the court that she heard a rocking in the bushes several feet away from where they were. Later they heard Barker cry out: “Ya’ll help me! Ya’ll help me!”Frank recalled that her step-sister Shaneeza had run into Vanessa’s room with a cutlass, and that Vanessa came out covered in blood. The witness disclosed that she does not know where her step-sister is located, as she has not seen her since the incident.Another witness, who testified to the whereabouts of the missing Shaneeza, was West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) matron Jevonne Dolphin, who was the late Donessa’s aunt. Dolphin recalled that her niece had last visited her on April 22, 2015 at her office, and that she appeared to be quite normal. The matron also witnessed the post- mortem examination on May 4, 2015.Dolphin told the court in her evidence in chief that she knows Shaneeza Clarke, but does not know where she is. Cross-examination was declined by McKay.Before Donessa Barker’s death, the couple had been married for more than a year. On the night of the incident, the Barkers were reportedly heard arguing prior to the stabbing. Reports are that neighbours had attempted to rescue the woman, and had rushed her to hospital after she had been stabbed. Prosecutors Tiffni Lyken, Abigail Gibbs and Narissa Leander are presenting the State’s case.last_img read more