Canna~Fangled Abstracts

Alcohol and cannabis: Comparing their adverse health effects and regulatory regimes.

By November 28, 2016No Comments
Int J Drug Policy. 2016 Nov 28. pii: S0955-3959(16)30334-6. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.10.021.
[Epub ahead of print]


pm-2-site-207The claim that the adverse health effects of cannabis are much less serious than those of alcohol has been central to the case for cannabis legalisation. Regulators in US states that have legalised cannabishave adopted regulatory models based on alcohol. This paper critically examines the claim about adverse health effects and the wisdom of regulating cannabis like alcohol. First, it compares what we know about the adverse health effects of alcohol and cannabis. Second, it discusses the uncertainties about the long term health effects of sustained daily cannabis use. Third, it speculates about how the adverse health effects of cannabis may change after legalisation. Fourth, it questions the assumption that alcohol provides the best regulatory model for a legal cannabis market. Fifth, it outlines the major challenges in regulating cannabis under the liberal alcohol-like regulatory regimes now being introduced.


Adverse health effects; Alcohol; Cannabis; Regulatory regime

PMID: 27908654


DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.10.021
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