Cannabis Use on Campus Could Curb Binge Drinking, Says Psychologist

Article by Gail Harding, CBC News

Cannabis use on campus could curb binge drinking, says psychologist Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn 'I think it's going to have a positive effect on Canadian campuses where people are using cannabis anyhow' Gail Harding · CBC News Dr. Zachary Walsh, a clinical psychologist​ with the University of British Columbia says he doesn't expect to see huge changes on university campuses when marijuana is legalized. (CBC) Legal cannabis use may reduce binge drinking on campuses. (CBC)

A clinical psychologist​ from the the University of British Columbia says he doesn’t expect huge changes on university campuses when marijuana is legalized.

Zachary Walsh, who is working with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is examining the consequences of the legalization of marijuana on campus.

“I don’t think it’s been a barrier to using and I think that was kind of the point behind legalization is the people are using anyways, so how can we reduce the harms associated with that,” Walsh told CBC New Brunswick News.

Walsh said once marijuana is legal, it will be less harmful and students will be less likely to be accessing it from the illegal market.

“If they do that they’re not going to be as readily exposed to other potentially more dangerous substances.”

Walsh said he also believes students will be more open to discuss their marijuana use with health-care providers.

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