There is a worldwide trend toward liberalizing cannabis policy and commercializing its sale. Uruguay legalized recreational cannabis in 2013, as did Canada in 2018, as well as 10 US states.1 Other countries have decriminalized the drug. In Holland, cannabis can be bought in designated cafes, and in Portugal, the police refer those who regularly use cannabis for counseling. Psychiatrists have played a prominent role in the debate over the health consequences of legalization in many countries, especially in the UK, but the public debate in the US has been notable for the absence of input from psychiatrists.2
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Murray RM, Hall W. Will Legalization and Commercialization of Cannabis Use Increase the Incidence and Prevalence of Psychosis? JAMA Psychiatry. Published online April 08, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0339
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