New research into cannabis use shows we need a more pragmatic approach to drugs policy

Analysis: Cannabis legalisation in countries such as Canada allows for age limits, quality control, and crucially might close the gap between research and policy, says Alex Matthews-King

Cannabis available to teenagers today has about three times more THC
Cannabis available to teenagers today has about three times more THC

A major new analysis has found strong evidence that cannabis use as a teenager increases the chances of developing depression and suicidal thoughts.

Unsurprisingly, its publication has led to calls for more regulation, education and for parents to get serious about the risks their children might be taking.

However, the researchers warned they could say little about how stronger cannabis, or more regular use, changed these risks.

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