Canadian Doctors Take Neutral Stance on Marijuana Legalization
August 18th, 2014
Policy, Top News
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (“CFPC”), Canadian Medical Association (“CMA”), and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recently announced that they will not be participating in Health Canada’s upcoming anti-drug educational campaign targeted at young Canadians, adding that the campaign has become a “political football” on the country’s marijuana policy.
“We did not, and do not, support or endorse any political messaging or political advertising on this issue,” read the joint statement from the largest national organizations representing Canadian doctors. The group had been invited to co-brand and provide expert advice on the public campaign that would be initiated and funded by Health Canada, the country’s primary health regulator.
The public awareness campaign comes after Stephen Harper’s Conservative government decided to take a stand against Justin Trudeau’s Liberal stance on legalizing the drug entirely. Earlier this month, the Conservative Party released an ad indicating that Trudeau’s ideas would make it easier for children to obtain marijuana and usage among under aged users would inevitably increase.
“Marijuana is not a health food supplement,” said Trudeau, who believes that marijuana should be regulated and taxed similar to liquor sales, similar to U.S. states like Colorado and Washington State. “It’s not great for you, but it’s certainly, as many studies have shown, not worse for you than cigarettes or alcohol.”
A growing number of people believe that Canada will eventually legalize recreational marijuana; particularly as many U.S. states have done so without significant adverse side effects. In fact, data from Colorado suggests that violent crimes have been reduced and tax revenues have increased, although there have been a few highly publicized incidents associated with the drug.
In addition to Colorado and Washington State, Oregon and Alaska have ballot initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana in November that could signal a wider moves towards more liberal policies.
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