Tories' false claims about pot laws put youth at risk: drug policy centre (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Conservative Canadian politicians continue to feed myths such as the legalization of marijuana in Colorado has led to a spike in teen use and that a clear link has been established between cannabis use and mental illness, says an international network of drug policy scientists and academics.

The Toronto-based International Centre for Science in Drug Policy attempted to inject itself into the federal election campaign on Wednesday by releasing a list of 11 common claims about the use and regulation of pot that research shows are actually incorrect. Such false claims about marijuana lead to policies that actually put youth at risk, the researchers say.

However, M. J. Milloy, an infectious-disease epidemiologist with the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, said his group’s research proves that recent use by teens in Colorado has gone down from 22 per cent to 20 per cent in the first year that the U.S. state regulated recreational pot sales. The Conservative Party did not respond to calls for comment on the report.

Mike Hager reports.

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