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Doctors call for public health campaign to dispel mistruths about pot

By Marco Vigliotti      

CMA president Dr. Granger Avery said Canadians must be informed that smoking marijuana is not a 'benign activity.'

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Before legalizing marijuana, the Trudeau government needs to launch an aggressive public education campaign to combat popular mistruths and make significant investments to improve the admittedly sparse slate of existing research, physicians say. Dr. Granger Avery, president of the Canadian Medical Association, which represents domestic doctors, said persisting misinformation about the risks of smoking pot means Ottawa must roll out a comprehensive public health education campaign to coincide with its plans to legalize and regulate the substance. “I

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