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Canada's Path to Marijuana Legalization

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Will its Harm Reduction Objectives be Reached?

Professor Daniel Weinstock

Presented by University of Melbourne,

Schoold of Population and Global Health: Center for Health Policy

On October 17, the sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational purposes will be legalized across Canada. The rationale provided by the governing Liberal Party for this bold move has always been framed in terms of harm reduction, and in particular, the reduction of harms to which Canada's youth have been vulnerable under the previous regime of criminalization. The presentation will address the question of whether Canada's harm reduction objectives are likely to be met, especially with respect to younger Canadians, under the specific regulatory mechanisms that have been put in place by the federal government and by provinces. I will suggest that legalization is unlikely to eradicate the thriving illegal trade in marijuana and in other drugs. Addressing the harms to which unregulated trade subjects our youth may require a much bolder set of policies. For example, addressing concerns with dangers of unregulated marijuana widely available to youth in the illegal market may require lowering age restrictions in the access to legal, regulated, and therefore presumably safer marijuana.

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