Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. Social Issues

Early cannabis use causes brain abnormalities; regulation needed

See also

On December 16, the Daily Mail reported new findings that teenagers who smoke marijuana regularly are at greater risk for memory problems and, thus, poor academic performance. These effects are not permanent but will last for a few years, scientists say.

The researchers conducted their study on individuals in their early twenties who had stopped smoking marijuana two years prior. When they conducted MRI scans of the individuals’ brains, scientists found the memory-related structures had shrunk and inwardly collapsed. The abnormalities are similar to those found in the brains of schizophrenics.

An observation they made was that the younger the individual began daily marijuana use, the more severe the brain abnormalities. Additionally, the study garnered further evidence that marijuana use is problematic for the mental health of teens predisposed to schizophrenia.

Though Stephen Harper has been open that he has no intention of decriminalizing marijuana – even going as far as considering ticketing citizens for possessing the substance – it would enable better regulation, and thus, be safer for Canadian youth.

The benefits of decriminalization are many. To begin with, decriminalization would mean that the government could set restrictions on who can and can’t purchase marijuana. In doing this, they could effectively reduce the number of youth engaging in the substance. It would also be a great opportunity for the government to develop programs aimed at youth and their parents to learn about marijuana and how to be responsible with it.

Moreover, the money gained from tax on marijuana sales could go to social programs, something Canada is severely lacking right now. It is also more in line with public attitudes.

As decriminalization spreads globally, the Canadian government needs to relook at their marijuana policies as they are quickly becoming more and more outdated. For Canadian youth, decriminalization is necessary so that regulation can be more effective and hopefully encourage them to wait to use marijuana.



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!