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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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