NewsHub 11 March 2019 Family First Comment: Ben Cort – “People don’t understand that we’re not talking about a joint. People are smoking vapourisers that come in the form of functional pens that you can write and then hit… it’s not weed, it’s a concentrate. An 80 percent THC concentrate.” www.SayNopeToDope.org.nz
A US anti-cannabis campaigner has warned New Zealand against legalising recreational cannabis after seeing the effects of the drug in his home state of Colorado.
Marijuana was legalised for recreational use in Colorado in 2012, meaning anyone 21 years or older can use, carry and grow the drug there.
Ben Cort joined The AM Show today to tell his story of addiction to marijuana and how legalisation in some US states has led to increases in addiction and mental health issues.
“I spent five years at the University of Colorado hospital when we legalised and we went from seeing paranoia associated with it every now and again to multiple times in a day.”
He said legalisation brings with it forms of the drug that have much higher THC levels.
“People don’t understand that we’re not talking about a joint.
Ben Cort warns against legal cannabis in New Zealand Radio NZ News 11 March 2019
A man who helped lead an unsuccessful campaign to stop a commercial cannabis industry being set up in Colorado is visiting the country to warn New Zealanders not to repeat what he calls a big mistake. A referendum on whether to change the law to allow personal use of cannabis will be held during the general elections next year. Ben Cort has been brought to New Zealand by the Family First organisation, is in our Auckland studio.
The Washington Post 19 November 2018 Family First Comment: This is why parents are confused and feel disempowered… “Parenting experts have criticized the timeout technique in recent years, saying that it might neglect a child’s emotional needs. Most experts agree that punishment is harmful to a child’s emotional development and that isolation — the defining quality of the timeout technique — is a form of punishment.” Perhaps parents should go with their gut instinct and stop listening to so-called ‘experts’!
The timeout technique, used by parents for decades, exploded into the public domain in the early 2000s thanks to TV’s “Supernanny” Jo Frost, who rebranded it as the “naughty step” technique. Supernanny may have left our screens, but many parents still rely on timeouts when their kids misbehave. A growing number of experts, though, advise against it.
Timeout involves placing your child in a designated quiet, isolated, safe place in the home immediately after they’ve ignored a warning to stop misbehaving. After a brief explanation for why they’re in timeout, the child sits there long enough to calm down and think about what they’ve done wrong. Frost recommends this for kids between 2 and 6 years old, and suggests keeping them there for one minute per year of age, and ignoring them while they are there. If they leave the spot before time is up, you must take them back, as often as necessary — while refusing to engage in any conversation. When the timer goes off, you reiterate why they were there, tell them to apologize for their behavior and give them hugs and kisses so they know you still love them.
Despite giving birth twice during the Supernanny era, I never used timeouts with my older kids, and I don’t plan to rely on it when the baby I’ll give birth to in a few weeks is old enough to go into full-blown tantrum mode. It’s not that I think I know any better — I just don’t get it. If it works so well, why do other parents need to use it several times a week? As far as I’ve seen, it has varying, unpredictable results. I remember my niece happily taking herself to the naughty step, then refusing to leave when her time was up; another friend told me that when she retrieved her son from the step she discovered that during his four minutes of “thinking” time, he’d created art — on the wall by the staircase with a rogue crayon.
Parenting experts have criticized the timeout technique in recent years, saying that it might neglect a child’s emotional needs. Most experts agree that punishment is harmful to a child’s emotional development and that isolation — the defining quality of the timeout technique — is a form of punishment.
“Children experience feelings of isolation and abandonment when placed in time out,” says Bonnie Compton, a child and adolescent therapist, parenting coach and author of “Mothering With Courage,” in an email. “There is loss of contact, which can also be interpreted as loss of a parent’s love, especially for younger children. Kids who are sent to their room often believe their isolation is a result of being bad enough that parents do not want to be around them.”