Cannabis legalization means ‘new reality’ for Canadian health care: doctors

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Source: Global News


As of legalization day, Oct. 17, more Canadians than ever will be using cannabis. What will that mean for our health-care system?

Experts say our closest comparison is Colorado. When the U.S. state legalized recreational cannabis in 2014, it saw a 23 per cent increase in pot-related emergency room visits. The spike lasted a few months. Most patients were diagnosed with mental illness, some with uncontrollable vomiting or injuries.

The Canadian Medical Association is urging the government to closely monitor issues in Canadian hospitals.

“We know with legalization, it normalizes use,” CMA president Dr. Gigi Osler said. “We are entering this new reality.”

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