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Cannabis and the Regulatory Void

This white paper, prepared by the California Medical Association (CMA), Marijuana Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has recognised the criminalisation of cannabis is a failed public health policy.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), cannabis use can result in distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty thinking and problem solving and problems with learning and memory.

However, even with regard to cannabis used recreationally, the CMA states there is a need for oversight and quality control aimed at protecting public health, which can be accomplished with legalisation and regulation at both federal and state levels.

The CMA Council on Scientific and Clinical Affairs (CSA) has developed a set of medical cannabis recommendation guidelines such as rescheduling medical cannabis in order to encourage research lending to responsible regulation, regulating recreational cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco and facilitating dissemination of risks and benefits of cannabis use, for physicians indicating the limited conditions for which the medical use of cannabis may be effective.

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