Taking Big Money Out of Marijuana

Article by Kelly Crowe, Darryl Hol, CBC News

Drug policy researcher Michael DeVillaer says the government should set up a non-profit institution to manage marijuana in Canada

With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promising to introduce marijuana legislation by the summer, and growers of medical marijuana grappling with pesticide contamination and other quality control issues, we have a second opinion about how to legalize recreational cannabis without affecting public health.

It’s easy, says one McMaster University researcher.

No marketing, no advertising, no Big Cannabis. Instead, Michael DeVillaer says the supply and sale of cannabis could be managed by a non-profit institution with a mandate to protect public health and still allow legal recreational use.

“If we were to do this really cautiously, we could do it with a near neutral impact on public health in Canada. But if we don’t, if we go down the same path as alcohol and tobacco, I really think 10, 20 years from now people could be looking back on this and saying, ‘What were they thinking?'” said DeVillaer, who has released a report detailing his plan for a non-for-profit cannabis authority.

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