The biggest centre for mental health and addiction has released a statement condoning marijuana legalization, albeit with reservations.
They are vouching for a system which tightly controls who can buy the substance, but making it legal all the same. They believe that the substance should be distributed by one company owned by the government.
Sales would be restricted in a similar manner to currently existing off-license outlets selling alcohol.
The Director of Social and Epidemiological Research at CAMH said, “Legalisation means that we remove all penalties for cannabis possession and use by adults. Canada’s current system of cannabis control is failing to prevent or reduce the harms associated with cannabis use. Based on a thorough review of the evidence, we believe that legalisation combined with strict regulation of cannabis is the most effective means of reducing the harms associated with its use.”
Ailments associated with marijuana smoking include lung cancer, death or disability from driving under the influence as well as a gradual deterioration of the mental state of its users. There are also suggestions that cannabis can be addictive with thousands of people being treated for dependence every year.
These considerations have made the process of legalization contentious, with The Ottawa Sun and other authorities on both sides of the issue. Not everyone can agree if it is the best way to protect public health. However, in the current system which totally prohibits the use of pot, many people still use it on a regular basis in complete defiance of the law.
People between 18 and 29 have usually used the substance at least once in their lives. Habitual users, especially those in less restrictive areas, are also noticeably on the rise.
(Via The Star)