We Must Separate Fact From Fiction in the Cannabis Debate

Conversations about cannabis policy are heating up. So it’s no surprise that we suddenly seem immersed in claims and counterclaims on a slew of topics related to cannabis use and regulation.

Cannabis is as addictive as heroin. Cannabis causes schizophrenia. Cannabis regulation leads to increased traffic fatalities. These are just some of the examples that seem to pop up, again and again, in news articles and online. They sound true, perhaps because they are repeated so many times, and also because they are often said to be based on scientific evidence.

In the UK, the Telegraph even ran the following headline: “Cannabis as addictive as heroin, major new study finds.” On its surface, this claim reads as if it were backed by scientific evidence. But is it?

The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy has tasked itself with determining the strength of scientific support for such claims. Over the past year, we’ve been working diligently on scanning the news media and online conversations about cannabis to identify the most oft-repeated or high-profile claims — including the ones above — related to its use and regulation.

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.