More than half a year in, Canada’s relaxed cannabis laws appear to be earning a clean bill of health from major medical organizations.
While many hard numbers on health shifts are not yet available, some of the country’s largest mental health and emergency centres say the new laws have dumped no discernible increase in cannabis-related cases on their doorsteps.
“It’s certainly something that we’re very concerned about and want to be watching for,” says Robert Mann, a senior scientist and impairment expert at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. “But I’ve heard nothing — no indication that there’s all of a sudden a large increase.”
Mann says centre clinicians will routinely report on the cannabis habits of their patients, especially younger ones.
“When you start talking to clinicians they will say (that) a very large proportion of the young people that come to us are very much cannabis-engaged,” he says. “But over the last few months I’ve heard