Western University expert concerned about recommended legal age for smoking marijuana

The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, a body set up by the federal government, released a set of recommendations this week on how marijuana should be regulated in Canada.

One of those recommendations was that marijuana should not be available to anyone under the age of 18.

What does the science say about the legal age for smoking marijuana? How do the chemicals in pot effect the developing brain versus an adult brain?

Dr. Steven Laviolette, associate professor in the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Psychiatry at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and a renowned researcher studying marijuana’s effect on the adolescent brain, can answer these questions and more.

“I am concerned that the 18 year-old restriction age on marijuana use recommended by the task force fails to protect vulnerable young brains,” he said.

MEDIA CONTACT: Crystal Mackay, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.933.5944, crystal.mackay@schulich.uwo.ca @CrystalMackay

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