Ontario Medical Association President Dr. Nadia Alam Apologizes After Calling Cannabis a ‘Gateway Drug’

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Ontario Medical Association President Dr. Nadia Alam Apologizes After Calling Cannabis a ‘Gateway Drug’ Dr. Nadia Alam, seen in 2015, apologized Saturday on Twitter, saying: “I misspoke. Recreational cannabis is NOT a gateway drug. I thank my colleagues for correcting me.” (RICHARD J. BRENNAN / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

The president of the Ontario Medical Association is taking back her comments saying recreational cannabis is a “gateway drug” to harder substances.

Dr. Nadia Alam says she “misspoke” during an interview on CBC Radio last week, in which she also said recreational cannabis can cause anxiety and withdrawal symptoms for people who become addicted.

“It can lead to the use of other, more serious drugs like crack cocaine,” Alam said in the interview.

Several members of the medical community spoke out against her statements, and on Saturday Alam wrote on Twitter that she apologizes for her comments.

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