The Case for Policy Reform in Cannabis Control

Kisely, Stephen (2008) The Case for Policy Reform in Cannabis Control. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 53 12: 795-797.

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Author Kisely, Stephen
Title The Case for Policy Reform in Cannabis Control
Journal name Canadian Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0706-7437
Publication date 2008-12
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 53
Issue 12
Start page 795
End page 797
Total pages 3
Place of publication Ottowa, Canada
Publisher Canadian Psychiatric Association
Language eng
Subject 111714 Mental Health
111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
111710 Health Counselling
1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
Formatted abstract
This is not a debate on the harms of cannabis. These are well-known. Acute effects include accidents with motor vehicles or machinery, and adverse reactions.1,2 In the longer term, cannabis has been associated with cognitive impairment 3 and psychosis,4 although not consistently,3 and direct causality is more difficult to establish than for acute effects. It is possible that cannabis precipitates schizophrenia in those who are predisposed through a personal or family history.5 The relation is also 2-way, with cannabis being the most commonly used illicit drug in those with schizophrenia.3

Rather, this is a debate of how best to address the mental health consequences of cannabis. More specifically, it is a debate about overreliance on just one supply-side strategy, prohibition, at the expense of demand-side approaches, such as education, treatment, or prevention. This is of particular relevance to Canada as proposed legislation (Bill C-26) will place an even greater emphasis on law enforcement. This article discusses the origins and effectiveness of prohibition, and argues that we should apply the lessons from alcohol or tobacco control to cannabis.
Keyword Costs outweigh
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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