There is a great deal of current debate about whether or not legalizing cannabis will ‘protect’ public health. In this segment from CBC Radio Calgary’s the Homestretch, I spoke to Rob Brown about the public health approach that is informing Canada’s approach to legalization, what it is, where it differs from ‘medical’ perspectives and why it is the best option for reducing the potential for problematic use or the harms associated with cannabis use.
Listen: Marijuana and public health
Want to read more? Check out these reports and links:
Cannabis use in Canada: the need for a ‘public health’ approach (Fischer & Rehm, 2009)
Cannabis Policy Framework (CAMH, 2014)
A vision for cannabis regulation: a public health approach based on lessons learned from the regulation of alcohol and tobacco (Haden & Emerson, 2014)
A Public Health Approach to the Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to Cannabis (CPHA, 2017)