Legalizing marijuana doesn't make sense: Research Group

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Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:05 PM ET

OTTAWA — A research group says it doesn't seem like any federal party is being particularly clear-headed when it comes to their marijuana policies.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada is as opposed to legalizing the stuff as they are to criminalizing small-time users, and they descended on Parliament Hill Tuesday to meet with lawmakers from all parties.

As a scientist, Dr. Harold Kalant's interest is in the effects drugs have on brains at varying stages of development.

While readily acknowledging "marijuana isn't evil," Kalant, a Toronto medical doctor who specializes in biochemistry and addiction, said legalization simply doesn't make sense.

"Like any policy, this should be based on cost-benefit analysis," Kalant said, adding that far more knowledge on the topic has emerged in recent years, most of which shows marijuana has potentially long-term negative effects on developing brains.


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