Appearance• The appearance ofmarijuana depends onhow it will be used, butit often resemblestobacco. Higher qualitymarijuana is made usingonly the flowering budsof the plant, while othermarijuana may includeleaves, stems, andseeds. Marijuana maybe green, brown, orgrayish in color.
Health Risks of Regular Use• The effects of marijuana can interfere withattention, judgment and balance. Marijuanaalso suppresses the immune system, whichcan be damaging to many people, but usefulfor others with certain health conditions.Although marijuana has been known todecrease pressure within the eyes, a symptomof the condition glaucoma, research hasshown that other drugs may be moreeffective.
Risks of Dependency on Marijuana• People who are dependent on marijuana areat a higher risk of suffering from the negativeconsequences of using the drug, such as shortterm memory impairment, mental healthproblems and respiratory diseases (ifmarijuana is smoked). Regular use anddependence also leads to problems withfinances, conflict in relationships with familyand friends, and employment problems.
Legal Penalties for Possessing or UsingMarijuana• Maximum penalties are a fine of $1000 or 6months in jail (less than 30 grams ofmarijuana)• Get a criminal record
Resources for Getting Help with a DrugDependancy• Counselors• Parents• Drugs Organization• http://www.norml.ca/• Addiction Treatment Centre
Strategies for Saying “NO” toMarijuana• Remain a clear mind• Don’t be persuaded by others• Don’t think using Marijuana as a cool action• Never use Marijuana even though you havestress• Don’t think you can under control the using ofmarijuana