Canada Defends Marijuana Legalization In Response To International Skepticism

Canada Defends Marijuana Legalization In Response To International Skepticism

The Canadian government touted the benefits of its legal, regulated marijuana market in comments to the United Nations recently, saying that since legal sales began in the country a year and a half ago, “the illegal market has already lost 30% of its market share” and “rates of use have not changed among youth and young adults.” The remarks were delivered last Monday to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs by Michelle Boudreau, director general for Health Canada’s controlled substances department. As a whole, they portray the country’s decision to legalize cannabis as a victory for public health despite ongoing skepticism from some in the international community. Canada passed legislation to legalize marijuana for adults in 2018, becoming the largest nation ever to do so. The move technically ran afoul of international drug treaties that still forbid marijuana legalization, but the country nevertheless proceeded with the change. (1) Strict access controls designed to prevent youth access, (2) strong regulations for the legal cannabis industry, (3) extensive public education on the risks associated with cannabis use, and (4) a comprehensive monitoring and surveillance program. — Canada UN – Vienna (@Canada_INT_VIE) March 6, 2020 In her remarks to the UN commission, Boudreau stopped short of encouraging other countries to legalize, which may have further rankled UN officials, but she pushed back against international concerns that legalization would endanger public health and young people. “The illegal market has already lost 30% of its market share, and we have seen no corresponding increase in…

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