The nephew of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy says Canada’s transfer to legalize marijuana was incorrect and he says it should trigger a rise of opioid addictions sooner or later.
The previous U.S. politician, Patrick Kennedy, was in Toronto on Thursday, after being named Edgewood Well being Community’s latest advisory board member.
He has been a vocal opponent of the drug, saying that legalization will expose youth to the risks of habit.
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“The act of legalization goes to have essentially the most tragic outcomes amongst our younger individuals. They’re going to really feel anxiousness … they’ll have easy accessibility to marijuana, they’ll use marijuana to deal with their anxiousness and as such, they’ll have a complete host of different well being penalties,” he mentioned.
Marijuana was legalized in Canada on Oct. 17 underneath the Hashish Act, and in Ontario, individuals over the age 19 are in a position to develop and buy marijuana by way of the web Ontario Hashish Retailer.
Storefront operations will are available in spring of 2019, nevertheless, municipalities like Markham and Mississauga have opted of marijuana storefront gross sales.
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“We ought to be very cautious to make the affiliation that just by limiting the variety of storefronts, that we’re going to restrict our publicity to the issue,” he mentioned.
“There may be this de-risking, this notion that it’s not such an enormous deal to smoke marijuana. You’re invariably going to have extra individuals attempt marijuana who wouldn’t in any other case smoke it or eat it.”
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A number of states within the U.S. have made the transfer to legalize marijuana, together with California, Colorado and Massachusetts, however Kennedy mentioned the transfer is paying homage to what occurred with tobacco a long time in the past.
“My late father — Sen. Edward Kennedy – fought the large tobacco firms who lied for 50 years in regards to the dangerous affect of tobacco and cigarettes and I fear that massive marijuana is absolutely massive tobacco,” he mentioned.
“It’s hiding behind what we all know to be the case and that’s that they’re very dangerous impacts on an individual on each short- and long-term use.”
Having struggled with psychological well being and habit, Kennedy mentioned the transfer to legalize marijuana will enhance the variety of opioid addictions in Canada.
“There are going to be greater opioid habit due to this. There are going to be greater different varieties of habit. It simply didn’t make sense to me that in a time the place we try to place out a five-alarm hearth, that we add extra gasoline to that fireplace by including a brand new addictive substance,” he mentioned.
“Maybe it’s not as addictive as fentanyl or opioids, however that doesn’t imply it’s any good. Simply because it’s not as dangerous, that’s not the rationale to justify making it authorized.”
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