Article by Glen Dawkins, Winnipeg Sun
The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba is urging the federal government to use a public health approach matched with strict regulation when legalizing marijuana.
“This provides us with a very unique opportunity,” said Dr. Sheri Fandrey of the AFM, which released a position statement Tuesday. “This is the first time since Prohibition that a substance which is currently illegal is becoming legal and fortunately the process has enough lead time that we can get ahead of the curve and start to provide some of the resources — educational, outreach, data collection — prior to the change happening and cannabis being made legal.
“It really provides us with a great opportunity to contribute to the health and well-being of Manitobans and that’s really what drives organizations like the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.”
That comprehensive approach, Fandrey said, should include the collection of data on non-medical cannabis use, education for youth as well as adults, parents and educators on the potential harms related to cannabis use and early intervention and treatment services.
“The public health approach is really looking at how we can best make use of our resources to keep Manitobans safe,” said Fandrey.