Health professionals say it’s time to treat marijuana as a legitimate, safe substance.
Health Canada recently said it has “a number of significant gaps in our current understanding of the impact of cannabis use, particularly the effects on mental health and substance use disorders.”
The department says it is considering recommending that the government regulate the use of marijuana as the equivalent of alcohol.
“In Canada, marijuana use is considered a class B substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,” says the department’s statement on the issue.
“Marijuana is a controlled substance under Canada’s laws, and its use is illegal.
This classification makes it difficult to restrict marijuana use or restrict its availability for recreational use.
However, there are limited research-based guidelines that can be used to measure the health effects of marijuana.”
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