Posted on 9 September 2016
In an article written for The Conversation website, Ian Hamilton, a lecturer in Mental Health in the Department of Health Sciences, notes that as the US has increasingly adopted a more liberal policy approach to cannabis, there has been an increasing use of the drug. Meanwhile, the UK has continued to prohibit cannabis use - with the government claiming that falling use of the drug in the population justifies its policy position.
Ian concludes that both countries are participating in a policy experiment on their populations. Unfortunately, neither country is collecting sufficiently detailed data to be able to draw any reliable conclusions. Both still have the opportunity to rectify this. For a more in depth discussion read Lies, Damn Lies and Surveys.