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Letters Cannabis regulation

Cannabis regulation: the need to develop guidelines on use

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 18 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3940
  1. Adam Winstock, consultant addiction psychiatrist and founder1
  1. 1Global Drug Survey, Fergusson House, London EC1V 2NJ, UK
  1. adam{at}

A regulated cannabis market could be a good thing.1 Potential benefits range from breaking the dominance of drug cartels and redistributing law enforcement budgets to taxation, consumer choice, quality control, and reducing criminalisation of mostly young and otherwise law abiding citizens. But we mustn’t end up with a net public health loss.

Any attempt at regulation must protect young people from early initiation into use …

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