Canada needs a more realistic public health approach to cannabis, study finds

The Canadian Press
Friday, September 23, 2011

Canada's existing public health approach to cannabis use is unrealistic and should be adjusted to reflect the way the system approaches alcohol. An article, Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Canada (LRCUG): A?Narrative Review of Evidence and Recommendations, concluded the high prevalence of marijuana use throughout the country requires public health practitioners to adjust their thinking around the substance. Current practices advocating for total abstinence are unrealistic given the drug's widespread popularity, and less tolerant than public health positions towards alcohol, tobacco and even injection drugs, co-author Benedikt Fischer said. (See also: New Study Proposes Public Health Guidelines to Reduce the Harms from Cannabis Use)