An article in the Western Australia Sunday Times on 7/10/01 has linked cannabis use with increasing teenage suicides
Main points of the article are –
Present policies are not working to deter young people from using cannabis and the increased risk of suicide.
Young people caught in possession of cannabis must be diverted into detoxification programs followed by comprehensive rehabilitation to get them drug free.
Cannabis detoxification and rehabilitation must be court ordered and supervised if necessary.
Existing cannabis cautioning programs should be scrapped.
Young people with mental illnesses must be specially targeted as being at risk.