The largest teaching center for the treatment of mental health and addiction in Canada has publicly declared that legalizing and strictly regulating marijuana for adults is the best marijuana policy option for the people of Canada. This policy aims to provide proper cannabis education for young people, and promote public health.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, is not suggesting legalizing cannabis in the same manner in which Colorado legalized the plant. Instead, they believe the government should have complete control of cultivation, sales, distribution and regulation of 100% of the marijuana market.
In the video below, Dr. Jürgen Rehm, Director of the Social and Epidemiological Research Department at CAMH explains,
“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 legalization combined with strict regulation of cannabis is the most effective means of reducing the harms associated with its use.”
The CAMH aims to make sure that young Canadians understand the possible risks associated with smoking marijuana, with emphasis on the effects of smoking it at a young age, as opposed to waiting to consume as an adult.
Dr. Rehm, also points out that strict punishments for cannabis does not prevent people from using it. The CAMH suggests the government take over, and “monopolize” the marijuana market because strict regulation will be more effective than harsh punishments.
Would this policy change prevent private growers from selling their cannabis on the black-market? Will it really inspire all private growers to destroy crops, and agree to only purchase cannabis from the government?
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