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Title: Clearing the smokescreen: the current evidence on cannabis use
Contributor(s): Temple, Elizabeth  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00040Open Access Link
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Abstract: Decisions regarding the legal status of cannabis have long been framed (for the public at least) with reference to the perceived health risks and harms associated with use. Yet, drug policy and legislation relating to the use of cannabis are rarely based on the scientific evidence of the known risks and harms. There are many reasons for this discrepancy, with the politicization of cannabis use, where ideology and moralizing are given precedence over the science, being one. Thus, we begin this research topic with Aggarwal (1) discussion of how such politicization has contributed to the current smokescreen that is obscuring our understanding of cannabis, including the impact it has on the ability of researchers to collect and disseminate accurate information about the effects of cannabis use. The capacity of policy makers and legislators to develop evidence-based cannabis policies and laws is also contingent on researchers explaining the existing evidence, disseminating new research findings, and collaborating with relevant people, agencies, and government departments to improve the premises on which they base their policies and legislation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Frontiers in Psychiatry, v.6, p. 1-2
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Place of Publication: Switzerland
ISSN: 1664-0640
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 320221 Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy)
520303 Counselling psychology
520304 Health psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920401 Behaviour and Health
920410 Mental Health
920414 Substance Abuse
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200401 Behaviour and health
200409 Mental health
200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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