Canada's pot debate should wait and learn from Colorado

Marijuana buds are packaged for sale at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening...

Marijuana buds are packaged for sale at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year's Day in Northglenn, Colorado, December 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:54 PM ET

Canadian policy-makers should keep a close eye on the recent legalizing of marijuana in two U.S. states before deciding on a direction in the pot debate now raging north of the border, a prominent American drug-policy expert says.

Mark Kleiman, a professor with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and an adviser to Washington State on the recent loosening of its pot laws, says it will be to Canada's 'advantage' to take note of how Washington and Colorado deal with the legalization of marijuana, a recreational drug many consider to be potentially addictive and a health hazard, and to take note of the successes and the challenges experienced by both states.


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