Legalizing Marijuana in Canada — A Double-Edged Sword: A Response to Recent Commentaries
6(3) : 181-182
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Abstract: Lake and Kerr2 highlight the underdeveloped and equivocalbody of scientific literature on the two most ‘commonly’cited public health concerns of legalizing marijuana, viz.,adolescent usage and impaired driving. They also discusssome possible public health benefits of legalizing marijuana.Specifically, they emphasize the possible health benefitsassociated with substituting marijuana for drugs that causemore harm. Rehm and colleagues,1 on the other hand,focus on the main behavioural drivers of marijuana-relatedhealth harms to elaborate how the details of regulations forrecreational marijuana contribute to a reduction in riskyhealth behaviours. Additionally, they provide some furtherinsights on the issues related to the production and sale oflegal marijuana and complications related to the existence ofmedical marijuana in Canada.