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Ontario Court of Appeal: Findings of fact regarding cannabis

The findings of fact that have been accepted by the Ontario Court of Appeal would provide a standard for factual information about cannabis:

  1. Consumption of marijuana is relatively harmless compared to the so-called hard drugs and including tobacco and alcohol;

  2. There exists no hard evidence demonstrating any irreversible organic or mental damage from the consumption of marijuana;

  3. That cannabis does cause alteration of mental functions and as such, it would not be prudent to drive a car while intoxicated;

  4. There is no hard evidence that cannabis consumption induces psychoses;

  5. Cannabis is not an addictive substance;

  6. Marijuana is not criminogenic in that there is no evidence of a causal relationship between cannabis use and criminality;

  7. That the consumption of marijuana probably does not lead to "hard drug" use for the vast majority of marijuana consumers, although there appears to be a statistical relationship between the use of marijuana and a variety of other psychoactive drugs;

  8. Marijuana does not make people more aggressive or violent;

  9. There have been no recorded deaths from the consumption of marijuana;

  10. There is no evidence that marijuana causes amotivational syndrome;

  11. Less than 1% of marijuana consumers are daily users;

  12. Consumption in so-called "de-criminalized states" does not increase out of proportion to states where there is no de-criminalization.

  13. Health related costs of cannabis use are negligible when compared to the costs attributable to tobacco and alcohol consumption.


Last Modified:Tuesday, 08-Nov-2005 10:15:37 PST