The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse has ordered a wide review of marijuana policy, including a study of the impact of legalization in Colorado and Washington, according to a report by the Globe and Mail newspaper.
The Health Canada-funded organization is urging Ottawa to fund an independent study of the economic and social effects of potential reforms, including decriminalization and legalization.
“What we’re doing is highlighting the need for evidence to inform the discussion on legislative change,” Rebecca Jesseman, the centre’s lead researcher on marijuana policy, told the Globe and Mail.
Overall in Canada, the regulation of pot is turning into a key point of debate in advance of the 2015 federal election.
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