What you need to know before cannabis is legalized

Oct 4, 2018 | News

Photo courtesy of Chris Roussakis.Photo courtesy of Chris Roussakis.

The legalization of cannabis is just days away, and while many Canadians eagerly anticipate October 17, Joseph Finkler, an Emergency Department physician at St. Paul’s Hospital, is bracing for increased visits.

He anticipates that legalization will prompt greater demand for emergency medical treatment, particularly among the “cannabis neophytes,” as he calls them.

He makes the prediction based on the Colorado experience, where cannabis-related ED visits, which are tracked, did rise when recreational use was legalized in 2014.

While there are certainly plenty of seasoned users, Dr. Finkler is more concerned about the effects of cannabis on the inexperienced people. 

Read the full story on The Daily Scan.

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