The recently introduced legislation to legalize nonmedical use of cannabis follows reasonably closely the recommendations of the task force set up last year to advise government on the best way of doing it. But is it really good public policy? The intended goal of legalization is not a single problem to be solved or benefit to be attained, but a complex mixture of both, some of which are in direct conflict with each other. A close look at the available evidence raises serious doubt on the overall benefits that this legislation can bring.
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