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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574

Abstract

STEIN, D J. Position statement on cannabis. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2016, vol.106, n.6, pp.569-570. ISSN 2078-5135.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/samj.2016.v106i6.10863.

There is an ongoing national debate around cannabis policy. This brief position statement by the Executive Committee of the Central Drug Authority outlines some of the factors that have contributed to this debate, delineates reduction strategies, summarises the harms and benefits of marijuana, and provides recommendations. These recommendations emphasise an integrated and evidence-based approach, the need for resources to implement harm reduction strategies against continued and chronic use of alcohol and cannabis, and the potential value of a focus on decriminalisation rather than the legalisation of cannabis.

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