Fed pot report will be biased: NDP critic

A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store in...

A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store in Northglenn, Colorado December 31, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:39 AM ET

OTTAWA - One doesn't have to look much further than the title of the upcoming health committee report on marijuana to know it's going to be biased, NDP MP Libby Davies said.

The report, called Marijuana's Health Risks and Harms, is nothing but an exercise in politics, said Davies, the official Opposition critic for health and vice-chair of the health committee.

"I felt like (the review) had a political agenda to build the Conservatives' case," she told QMI Agency on Monday.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's call to legalize marijuana last year sparked increase public debate on the issue and helped contrast his party from Conservatives, who have been cool to the idea.

Davies said the committee called a few witnesses who gave alternative viewpoints to the prevailing theme of marijuana being harmful, but she suggested the dissenting viewpoints will be buried in the Conservative-dominated committee's report.


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