Doctors' groups won't endorse anti-marijuana ad campaign

Recent busts of Calgary medical marijuana growers allegedly peddling their wares illegally has...

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Three groups representing Canadian doctors will not be signing on to Health Canada's anti-pot ad campaign.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canadian Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada said Saturday they would not participate in the campaign targeted at young Canadians.

"The educational campaign has now become a political football on Canada's marijuana policy and for this reason the CFPC, CMA and Royal College will not be participating. We did not, and do not, support or endorse any political messaging or political advertising on this issue," the groups said in a joint statement.

On Friday, CTV reported that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau denounced a series of planned taxpayer-funded anti-marijuana advertisements from Health Canada, calling them a “thinly-veiled partisan attack” against his party by the federal Conservatives.

Last November, Justice Minister Peter MacKay said Trudeau was "directly delivering a message to children now that recreational drug use is OK."

All three organizations said they would ill continue to increase awareness of the health risks of drug and alcohol consumption by young Canadians.

 


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