Doctors Nova Scotia is urging the provincial government to set the legal age for marijuana at least 21.
A federal task force report released this week on the impending legalization of recreational cannabis recommends the drug only be sold to individuals 18 years of age and older.
But Dr. Michelle Dow, president of Doctors Nova Scotia, said studies show that the brain continues developing until the mid-20s.
“We know that, especially with with heavy use, (marijuana) may affect the development of the brain and memory, so we would rather see it legalized for a later age if possible,” Dow told the Chronicle Herald.
The Canadian Medical Association is also recommending that the legal age to purchase cannabis be set at 21.
Restricting sales to people under 21 was part of Doctors Nova Scotia’s submissions to the task force, but Dow said her organization will continue to lobby for a higher age limit.