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| Representatives rom each BC Partnersmember agency
| Sarah Hamid-Balma
| Vicki McCullough
| Megan Dumas, Stephanie Wilson
| Kailey Willetts
Sarah is Visions Editor and Director o Public Education and Communications at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s BC Division. She also has personal experience with mental illnessThe opinions expressed inthis journal are those o the writers and do notnecessarily reect theviews o the member agencies o the BC Partners or Mental Health and AddictionsInormation or any o their branch ofces
24 When Help is Not at Hand: Teens turning tomarijuana or emotional problemsJoan Bottor, Barbara Moat& Joy Johnson25 Tips or Cutting BackRielle Capler27 The Health Eects o Medical MarijuanaProject
Linda Balneaves, Joan Bottor, H. BindyKang, Rielle Capler and the
research team28 Vaporizers: Sae alternatives to smoking?Mridula Morgan30 Compassion Clubs:Working or health and libertyKailey Willetts
ter our Visions issues on alcohol and tobacco, I’d been hoping orsome time to round out the trilogy with cannabis. Cannabis is un-doubtedly a hot issue and even thought Visions is a substance use journal in its own right, we were pretty sure we’d have—like in Alcohol andTobacco—a lot o crossovers into mental health. We were right on all counts.In researching this issue and trying to nd contributors, a quick strollaround the Internet reveals a lot o very strong pro-cannabis and anti-can-nabis advocates. We don’t want this issue to be either. We wanted it to bebased on credible research so we could set myths aside, but also grounded inreal experiences and context. Because the context o use is so important. Themore I’ve personally learned about cannabis, the more I knew that we didn’twant to paint it just in black and white, just the extremes. We want to ll inthe middle.Our Vision at the BC Partners—the group that brings you Visions Journal,the HeretoHelp website and many other resources—is to help provide goodquality inormation to help you eel empowered to make more inormed choic-es about your health. Each author speaks or themselves and/or their agencyonly. More than any other issue, I encourage you to read many articles in thisissue, even ones that don’t t your current opinion o cannabis. I want you tothink about what your attitudes and assumptions are, suspend them or a lit-tle while, and listen to the various perspectives in this issue. Be curious. Askquestions. Talk to other people. Look up the research that’s brought up in manyarticles. Share this copy o Visions with others. And make up your own mind.I an article excites or angers you—or just makes you think—tell us about it.Be part o the conversation.Visions is no stranger to controversy. Our sexuality issue back in 1999 ran-kled some readers and we’ll be looking at that topic again with our
issuein the Fall. We want to pick themes that are timely and that add to importantconversations—or even help ll gaps in knowledge. So whether you smokeweed or not, I think you’ll nd this issue ascinating. You are bound to, as I did,learn something new.