Sup­port ef­fort to learn more about im­pact of cannabis, re­searchers urge

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - CANADA -

A coali­tion of aca­demics is call­ing on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to make re­search­ing the ef­fects of pot a pri­or­ity as Ot­tawa works to le­gal­ize and reg­u­late mar­i­juana by next July.

An open let­ter from more than 50 re­searchers from across Canada says pol­icy-mak­ers should sup­port ef­forts to learn more about how mar­i­juana af­fects its users.

Those who signed the let­ter in­clude Dr. Mark Ware, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at Mcgill Uni­ver­sity who served as vice-chair on a fed­er­ally ap­pointed task force on pot.

Ware says Canada is uniquely po­si­tioned to de­velop and de­liver the re­search that should ac­com­pany le­gal­ized cannabis, adding there is “tremen­dous ex­per­tise and in­ter­est” across the coun­try. In April, the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment tabled leg­is­la­tion propos­ing to le­gal­ize and reg­u­late the re­cre­ational use of cannabis for adults over the age of 18.

Once passed, Canada would be­come the first G7 coun­try where the use of mar­i­juana is le­gal.

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