A major medical study has found the use of cannabis increases in locations when cannabis is used as a medicine.
As well, dependence on cannabis increases where cannabis is normalized.
The study was undertaken by the Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
(Source: National Institute of Health USA)
Cannabis use and dependence increases when it is seen as not harmful because public perception does not know of the harms.
When cannabis use is normalized then the message is sent out that it is not harmful – but it is.
Findings of major psychiatric agencies confirms cannabis harms and supports other studies that show that cannabis causes psychosis and schizophrenia.
Cannabis normalization in Australia sends the wrong message.
The medicalization of cannabis in Australia also sends the wrong message to vulnerable young people who should be warned of the psychiatric risks.
Why then are parliamentary committees investigating the medicalization of cannabis?
Surely cannabis, as the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia, needs to be suppressed and not encouraged?
Community leaders need to listen to the warnings of mental health professionals.