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International Perspectives on the Implications of Cannabis Legalization: A Systematic Review & Thematic Analysis

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Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada
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Department of Psychiatry, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada
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School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(17), 3095; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16173095
Received: 1 August 2019 / Revised: 15 August 2019 / Accepted: 23 August 2019 / Published: 26 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marijuana Use and Addiction Prevention)
The legality, recreational and medical use of cannabis varies widely by country and region but remains largely prohibited internationally. In October 2018, Canada legalized the recreational use of cannabis—a move many viewed as controversial. Proponents of legalization have emphasized the potential to eradicate the marijuana black market, improve quality and safety control, increase tax revenues, improve the availability of medical cannabis, and lower gang-related drug violence. Conversely, opponents of legalization have stressed concerns about cannabis’ addictive potential, second-hand cannabis exposure, potential exacerbation of underlying and established mental illnesses, as well as alterations in perception that affect safety, particularly driving. This systematic review synthesizes recent international literature on the clinical and public health implications of cannabis legalization. View Full-Text
Keywords: cannabis; legalization; marijuana cannabis; legalization; marijuana
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Bahji, A.; Stephenson, C. International Perspectives on the Implications of Cannabis Legalization: A Systematic Review & Thematic Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3095. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16173095

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Bahji A, Stephenson C. International Perspectives on the Implications of Cannabis Legalization: A Systematic Review & Thematic Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(17):3095. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16173095

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Bahji, Anees; Stephenson, Callum. 2019. "International Perspectives on the Implications of Cannabis Legalization: A Systematic Review & Thematic Analysis" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 17: 3095. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16173095

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