The pros and cons of marijuana

July 31st, 2013

Source: Ottawa Citizen

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau drew criticism from both the Conservatives and NDP after declaring his support for legalizing marijuana last week. Claiming that marijuana is “no worse” than smoking or drinking alcohol, Trudeau said many studies support his views. But medical professionals are divided on the issue.

Wayne Hindmarsh, a University of Toronto professor specializing in toxicology, said research still cannot answer many questions about marijuana. Dr. Pamela Squire, a Vancouver physician who specializes in pain treatment, agrees there’s debate in some areas of cannabinoid research, but says there is plenty of evidence, especially in pain management, that suggests benefits.