Study Links Suicide with Marijuana Use

first_imgSmart 11 Sept 2014Family First Comment: Why would we want to liberalise laws around this drug?? Teenagers who start smoking cannabis daily before the age of 17 are seven times more likely to commit suicide, a study has found.According to the paper, published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, youths who smoke marijuana on a daily basis are also 60% less likely to finish high school.Researchers led by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales analysed results of three large, long-running studies from Australia and New Zealand involving nearly 3,800 people.They examined the connections between the frequency of cannabis use before age 17 – ranging from never to daily – and seven developmental outcomes assessed up to age 30, including frequency of suicide attempts, high-school completion and attainment of university degree by age 25.“We assessed seven outcomes in young people aged between 17 and 30 years, spanning educational attainment, substance use, mental health, and welfare dependence,” the paper said.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Mason City council tonight to get update from hotel developer for River City Renaissance project

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this evening will hold a workshop session to hear a presentation from the developer of the hotel that’s part of the River City Renaissance project.Gatehouse Mason City LLC was chosen back in November to be the developer after G8 Development was found to be in default of their agreement with the city. The hotel is a key component as it fulfills the private investment portion of the $39 million project being supported through the Iowa Reinvestment Act.The council will hear a presentation and update from Gatehouse on the hotel at 5:30 in the second floor conference room at City Hall.At 6:30, Gatehouse representatives and Mason City Foundation board members will hold an open house at Music Man Square, with the public being invited to ask questions and see architectural renderings of the project.last_img read more