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NOVEMBER 7, 2021



"The Pied Pipers of Pot: Protecting Youth from the Marijuana Industry"

with Pamela McColl

Hour 1   WE THE PEOPLE RADIO                Hour 2  WE THE PEOPLE RADIO


About  Pamela McColl

Pamela McColl has been actively involved in the cannabis conversation for ten years, authoring both The Pied Pipers of Pot - protecting youth from the marijuana industry, and  On Marijuana: A Powerful Examination of What Marijuana Means to Our Children, Our Communities, and Our Future. She was called to testify before the The Food and Drug Administration’s Scientific Data and Information about Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds Public Hearing May 31, 2019, and was a speaker at the National Cannabis Forum held in Los Angeles also in 2019 where she presented on the tobacco industry's strategy and their relation to the advertising associated with cannabis advertising. She has attended numerous UNODC meetings in Vienna and New York, participating in youth drug prevention and she testified before the Canadian government task force on legalization in 2014, providing hundreds of research papers that identified harms, including documents of the government's health watchdog - Health Canada that advised of the risks of harm even with small doses of THC, and of a particular threat to male reproductive health. 

She is a publisher, author by profession and was a subject of global media attention in 2012, for her deletion of the smoking of a pipe in the classic Christmas poem Twas The Night Before Christmas.  The simple enough edit attracted Stephen Colbert, Barbara Walters and many others to weigh in on the controversy.   Pamela was involved in the SmokeFree Movies Campaign, directed by Prof. Stanton Glantz. She  co-authored Baby and Me Tobacco Free - a guide to help pregnant women to quit tobacco before starting a family with the national director of Baby and Me Tobacco Free. She is currently finishing a third book on cannabis and harms scheduled for 2023.

As of October 27, 2021 a search on PubMed found 1785 possible research results for marijujana in pregnancy.


Surgeon General on Cannabis and Pregnancy


Interesting Links: 

Food and Drug Administration FDA US Government statement on CBD and impact on fertility and reproductive toxicity.


Package insert for Epidiolex


Government of Canada website address for this warning is still available at

CBD, THC Use During Early Pregnancy Can Disrupt Fetal Development

When the product should not be used

Cannabis should not be used if you:

  • are under the age of 25
  • are allergic to any cannabinoid or to smoke
  • have serious liver, kidney, heart or lung disease
  • have a personal or family history of serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia, psychosis, depression, or bipolar disorder
  • are pregnant, are planning to get pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • are a man who wishes to start a family
  • have a history of alcohol or drug abuse or substance dependence

The Pied Pipers of Pot: Protecting Youth from the Marijuana Industry 

Paperback – January 15, 2018

by P. McColl (Author)

The historical record and the worldwide fluctuation in marijuana use rates by minors clearly establishes that kids do not just fall into drug use as an inevitable rite of passage. Kids are sold on drug use in specific cultures at various times. The Pied Pipers of Pot reveals how marijuana products have been pushed on the youth sector in recent years through a process of normalization and acceptance. The author argues that kids are no match for the aggressive and emerging marijuana industry and that the key to effective drug prevention is to curtail those that stand to prosper, economically or politically by advancing the pro-pot position.

On Marijuana: A Powerful Examination of What Marijuana Means to Our Children, Our Communities, and Our Future

Paperback - April 1, 2015

by Pamela McColl (Author)

A collection of essays and articles from parties that oppose increasing the availability of and access to cannabis. More than twenty individuals come together in this publication to share their thoughts, the reputable science, and the facts that support their central argument that legalization would increase use by youth and pose risks that are not worth taking. The move to advance legalization is addressed from a pivotal question in the debate: How do we reduce the use of marijuana by youth? This important question is the priority facing policy and decision makers given the solid science on the consequences of use by a youth population. Individuals contributing to this work come from the world of academia; the professions of law, medicine, and public health; and law enforcement; along with individuals and advocates associated with public health initiatives to fight the commercialization of marijuana in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia.



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