A University of Saskatchewan professor thinks the federal government is moving too quickly to legalize recreational marijuana.
Last week, the Liberal government unveiled their framework for legalizing pot, which they plan to do by Canada Day next year.
The framework includes regulations for how much marijuana people can grow, but leaves it to the provinces to determine where it can be distributed and the age people can purchase pot.
Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health Michael Szafron says while there are therapeutic benefits for marijuana, he’s more concerned about the risk factors by allowing recreational weed.
Szafron was part of a group researching who could be most at risk of problematic side effects of marijuana.
He says the age-range for those most at risk are those between 15 and 24 years old because their brains and bodies are still developing, and there’s not enough research to know how marijuana could impact them in the long term.
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Szafron also cites some research showing T-H-C — the technical term for cannabis — could activate a number of genes in as much as 60-percent of the population, and for some, those genes could lead to mental health issues in the future.
Szafron suggests the federal government wait for marijuana legalization until they have a better understanding of how marijuana affects people in the long term.
He says studying people using medicinal marijuana and finding out the effects of pot before moving forward with a mass release of product.