As more and more of the stigma surrounding Cannabis is lifted, the need for proper Cannabis education is vital. South Africa’s economy is in dire need of a boost, as is evident from the finance minister’s report that was released last night. However, it is not simply a case of creating jobs, it is also important that education surrounding Cannabis is revisited. The current school curricula and research projects need to be reviewed to cater for the emergence of a legal Cannabis market. The old saying of “Knowledge is power” is exasperating when it comes to Cannabis – those in power DO NOT have the knowledge and Fields of Green for ALL is acutely aware of the lack of valid, current and correct information out there. Only by redesigning drug education, on all platforms, will teenagers, adults and business people alike be able to make informed decisions about their involvement in the Cannabis industry.
To guide this process, we subscribe to the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP)’s Sensible Cannabis Education: A Toolkit for Educating Youth. The CSSDP has mandated itself to “support drug education efforts and building upon youth consultations around Cannabis legalization conducted in Canada” and developed this toolkit in response to calls for the development of realistic and evidence-based Cannabis education for youth. The toolkit discusses 10 elements that are crucial in the redesigning of Cannabis education.
These ten guiding principles are meant to provide a framework for the effective development of youth Cannabis education. It is not intended to act as a set of detailed guidelines or a set action plan, but rather as guidelines for designing effective Cannabis education – for ALL.