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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Pot Legalization Meeting

Port Elgin | by John Divinski  

Tackling pot questions at the "Weeding Out the Myths" information session ahead of legalization.

Photo By John Divinski 

About 50 people, made up primarily of parents and grandparents, have a lot more information on the pending legalization of marijuana and what it will mean to members of their families.

They attended the "Weeding Out the Myths" information session put on by the Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy of Grey Bruce at the Plex in Saugeen Shores.

The goal was to arm the audience with information they can take back to their children to begin conversations about the use of pot and its legalization.

Panel member, Saugeen Shores Police Chief Mike Bellai says he feels some community members think it's going to be wide open after October 17th, where you can smoke marijuana wherever you want and do whatever you want.

Bellai says that's not true as marijuana use will follow the rules already set up for general smoking and drinking issues in the community.

In other words, if you are impaired by drugs and you are driving, you will be arrested and charged accordingly.

The Chief says driving impaired because of drugs will be one of the force's biggest challenges going forward.

He says once October 17th rolls around, anyone 19 or older can carry pot and use it if they follow the rules.

Youth addiction counsellor Dave Roy says it's up the parents, guardians and grandparents to start having conversations with their children about the issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana.

Roy says the grown-ups should not act in an authoritarian manner but be open to what the young people have to say.

He says, "We have to create an environment where they feel they can have some input and if they feel that, then they're more likely to listen," to what's being said of the dangers and side effects of marijuana.

Roy says kids will experiment and if as a parent, you find out about it, don't panic but use the situation as an opening to talking about the use of pot.

Marijuana education panels are also set for October 10th at the Wiarton Community Centre; October 11th in Thornbury at the Town Hall and October 17th in Owen Sound at the Harmony Centre.

All the sessions run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

More information can be found publichealthgreybruce.on.ca


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