'Doobies Make Boobies': Canadian Police Apologize For Teaching Kids False Information
Canadian police officers in Aurora, Canada made news over the weekend when it became known that the York Regional Police gave Catholic high school students some questionable, not to mention completely false, information. But what were these inflammatory words to the wise, you may ask? Are you prepared? Here it is: "Doobies make boobies."
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Oh yes, you read that correctly. Any cannabis advocate (or mildly intelligent person) will know that doobies do not, in fact, make boobies. However, when Canadian police attended a drug awareness panel at the York Catholic District School Board headquarters in Aurora, that's exactly what they told students. Police were there to answer questions about Canada's legalization of cannabis, which is set to take effect this year (if a little later than originally intended).
Nigel Cole, the school's resource officer, told students, "There are studies that marijuana lowers your testosterone - we call it 'doobies make boobies.' We're finding 60 percent of 14-year-olds are developing 'boobies.'"
Cole followed up this remark by adding that driving under the influence of marijuana is apparently more dangerous than driving drunk, despite numerous studies that indicate the opposite. Now, we're not condoning driving under the influence of anything but it may be wise to think twice before insinuating that driving drunk may not be that bad.
No, doobies don't make boobies
Fortunately, Cole's remarks haven't gone unnoticed and several doctors jumped at the opportunity to offer some real medical advice. Dr. Ian Mitchell, a physician at Royal Inland Hospital, told Global News Radio that Cole's remarks were, well, wrong.
"This is just urban mythology that has been repeated and repeated onwards," he 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."
The York Regional Police have since issued an apology for the incident via Twitter and are apparently "working to address it."
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
Canada may be making strides in its plans to legalize marijuana across the country but it's clear more education needs to happen to ensure the youth aren't falling prey to false information.