Lesson Plan: Recreational Cannabis Can Harm Children
II. While Reading Activities
- cannabis |ˈkanəbəs| noun a tall plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs. It is used to produce hemp fiber and as a psychotropic drug.
- THC [abbreviation] tetrahydrocannabinol.tetrahydrocannabinol |ˌtetrəˌhīdrəkəˈnabəˌnôl, -ˌnäl| noun Chemistry a crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient of cannabis.
- reveal |rəˈvēl| verb[with object] make (previously unknown or secret information) known to others: Brenda was forced to reveal Robbie’s whereabouts | [with clause] : he revealed that he and his children had received death threats.
- marijuana |ˌmerəˈ(h)wänə| (also marihuana) noun cannabis, especially as smoked in cigarettes.
- intoxicating |inˈtäksəkādiNG| adjective (of alcoholic drink or a drug) liable to cause intoxication.
- infused |inˈfyo͞oz| verb soak (tea, herbs, etc.) in liquid to extract the flavor or healing properties: infuse the dried flowers in boiling water.
- vilified verb (vilifies, vilifying, vilified) speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner: he has been vilified in the press.
- ingestion |inˈjesCHən| noun the process of taking food, drink, or another substance into the body by swallowing or absorbing it: vomiting after ingestion of contaminated food | the effect of caffeine ingestion on exercise performance.
- recreational |ˌrekrēˈāSH(ə)n(ə)l| adjective • relating to or denoting drugs taken on an occasional basis for enjoyment, especially when socializing: recreational drug use.
- egregious |əˈɡrējəs| adjective outstandingly bad; shocking: egregious abuses of copyright.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar: Focus: Word -Recognition
Accidental consumption can affect anyone, but, Dr. Schauer said, ‘it has primarily impacted children because they can confuse cannabis edible products with other edible products, because most edibles look like candy or cookies or cake.’ She pointed to reports compiled by poison control centers in Colorado and Washington, the two earliest states to legalize recreational cannabis use, in 2012.
Reading: Identify the Speakers
Joe Hodas, the chief marketing officer at Wana Brands, a Colorado company that sells cannabis-infused products.
“When companies like these create headlines for doing what we’ve purposely avoided at Wana, I feel anger and frustration.”
Christopher Gindlesperger, a spokesman for the National Confectioners Association, a trade organization in D.C.
“The situation has become more and more egregious…The cannabis companies cannot and should not be allowed to tarnish existing brands at will. It creates consumer confusion.”
Sean Arnold, a founder of Terradigm Consulting, which advises cannabis companies on licensing, infrastructure and product development.
“The spread of legalization has brought more players and consumers into the edibles market. Edibles are easy. They’re portable.”
Henry Wykowski, a lawyer who has focused on cannabis law for 17 years.
“Ten years ago it was the luck of the draw if you bought a brownie…You didn’t know where you would wind up.”
Nancy J. Mertzel, a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property law.
“There are three main aspects of a candy that can be protected by trademark and copyright laws… Take Hershey’s Kisses. You have the name Kisses, which is a trademark, the shape of the candy itself, which is both a trademark and trade dress, and the packaging, which is protected by copyright.”