While police officers can be multi-faceted, they’re not typically considered medical experts, especially when it comes to cannabis. Such a notion was exemplified in Aurora, Canada over the weekend, when the York Regional Police Service gave some questionable advice to some Catholic high school students. Their words of wisdom? “Doobies make boobies.”
Do Doobies Make Boobies?
No, they do not. And the York Regional Police Service acknowledged as much on Tuesday when they took to Twitter to apologize for their department’s lack of research.
We’re no health experts, but we’re pretty sure getting high does not cause enhanced mammary growth in men. We are aware of the misinformation about cannabis that was unfortunately provided to the community by our officers. We’re working to address it.
— York Regional Police (@YRP) February 20, 2018
On February 16th, Canadian police attended a drug awareness panel at the York Catholic District School Board headquarters in Aurora, where they answered questions about Canada’s pending legalization of cannabis. According to reports, Nigel Cole, a school resource officer, gave his take on cannabis during the question and answer portion of the session.
“You have peer pressure and drug dealers telling you about the great effects of marijuana, but I’m here to tell you there are some very negative effects,” argued Nigel Cole, the school’s resource officer.
“There are studies that marijuana lowers your testosterone—we call it ‘doobies make boobies.’ We’re finding 60 per cent of 14-year-olds are developing ‘boobies.’”
In addition to his ‘doobies make boobies’ remark, Cole also served up some other questionable cannabis factoids, including its adverse effects on motorists.
Cole remarked that driving under the influence of cannabis is actually more dangerous than driving drunk.
“Studies have shown half a joint is equivalent to seven alcoholic beverages,” Cole allegedly said. “You will not be able to walk a straight line. You will not be able to touch your finger to your nose. It’s incredible how much marijuana—and all drugs—impact your ability to operate a motor vehicle.”
Doctors Weigh In
Following the poll, several doctors panned Cole’s remarks regarding the mental and physical effects of cannabis.
Dr. Ian Mitchell, a physician at Royal Inland Hospital, told Global News Radio that Cole’s repertoire of cannabis knowledge is severely off-base.
“This is just urban mythology that has been repeated and repeated onwards,” Mitchell said.“It’s really irresponsible for police officers to be telling youth this and not having someone else to be able to correct this information.”
Also taking issue with Cole’s comments was Dr. John Harrison, the chief scientific officer of a Toronto-based holistic wellness team. Harrison admitted that cannabis consumption could impact hormones, but that doesn’t equate to growing breasts in men.
He pointed to simple common sense as his main point of contention.
“Marijuana does impact hormones but by no means does it give anyone breasts. That’s what you call knowledge going the wrong way. There’s no scientific basis that I know of,” Harrison said to The Star.
“Millions of men smoke marijuana and you don’t see millions of men walking around with pronounced breast tissue. The comment defies common sense.”
Harrison also appeared similarly befuddled regarding Cole’s questionable statistics about cannabis and alcohol, and he claimed there was no scientific evidence to back up his claims.
“Any average person that has seven drinks is legally intoxicated,” Harrison said. “There are lots of factors that go into how much marijuana is etching your lungs.
No amount of THC can intoxicate you like alcohol because the compounds are different. Anyone who has taken in cannabis use will tell you that half a joint does not equal seven drinks.”
Final Hit: Canadian Police Apologize For Telling Kids ‘Doobies Make Boobies’
As Canada prepares for their legalization of recreational cannabis, which is already behind schedule, it’s important for lawmakers and officials to educate the population about responsible cannabis consumption.
However, providing the community with false facts is only hindering the progressive approach to marijuana legalization.
But give credit to the YRP, who quickly tried to rectify the situation as best as possible.
“One of the officers provided some information that wasn’t correct,” Const. Marina Orlovski admitted. “We understand that we made some mistakes in our comments and that we’re trying to correct that as far as the information that is getting out.”