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Medical journal condemns Liberals’ marijuana legalization bill

The federal Liberals' cannabis legislation should not be passed in its current form, argues a strongly worded editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

"The purported purpose of the act is to protect public health and safety, yet some of the act’s provisions appear starkly at odds with this objective, particularly for Canada’s youth," the editorial argues. "The government appears to be hastening to deliver on a campaign promise without being careful enough about the health impacts of policy."

Young adults' brains are developing until the age of 25. Some studies (but not others) seem to show that marijuana use harms the developing brain.

 

Diane Kelsall, the journal's editor-in-chief, argues that the national minimum age of 18 in the legislation implies that it's a good idea to consume pot at that age.

"Obviously one of the points of the legislation is to try and keep kids away from entering the criminal justice system. But there's a certain message that comes across when you say something is legal. If you say that it's fine at the age of 18, you're sending a message that it’s OK. And we know that it’s not OK."

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Teenagers who smoke cannabis damage their brains for LIFE and may be more likely to develop schizophrenia

U.S. study found that mice exposed to even small doses of marijuana for 20 days suffered lasting brain damage into adulthood. Results highlight how teenagers who regularly smoke weed may have a greater risk of developing schizophrenia.

Teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis suffer long lasting brain damage and are in much greater danger of developing schizophrenia. 

American researchers say the drug is particularly dangerous for a group of people who have a genetic susceptibility to the mental health disorder - and it could be the trigger for it. 

Asaf Keller, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said the results highlight the dangers of teenagers smoking cannabis during their formative years.

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