On the 29th of September, Belgian politician Bart De Wever (N-VA) tweeted how bad the legalization of cannabis would be. Based on a recent Canadian study (Statistics Canada) , legalization resulted in more cannabis use in the country. Canada being the only country in the world, besides Uruguay, where cannabis is completely legal. Does legalization always result in an augmented use?
It’s hard to give a clear answer to this question as there is no one way of ‘legalizing cannabis’. “It depends on the way a government implements this legalization”, explains Mafalda Pardal, researcher at the Institute for Social Drug Research at Ghent University. “It can go from a system of home cultivation all the way to a full commercialization of the drug.” Furthermore, it’s hard to make conclusions about a possible effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the results of the Canadian study. Therefore, the claim by De Wever is rather uncheckable.
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