The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto is calling for the legalization of marijuana.
CAM-H says pot should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly but with limited availability and an age limit.
In a cannabis policy statement released today CAM-H says Canada has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world, with 40 per cent of Canadians having used it at least once in their lifetime and 10 percent having used in the last year.
Legalization would mean there would be no penalties for cannabis possession and use by adults. Officials at CAM-H say Canada’s current system is failing to prevent or reduce the harms associated with cannabis use.
The Harper government responded to the statement today, with Justice Minister Peter MacKay saying he’s surprised that the CAMH would endorse legalization when other respected organizations are warning about the health risks.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair also responded to the news, saying he and his colleague had recommended tickets be issued for cannabis use and thinks a mental health perspective is welcome.
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