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CMA position against separate regulations for medical cannabis draws ire and insults

By Brian Owens – CMAJ News

A bad-tempered exchange at a medical-cannabis conference has highlighted a strong disagreement between the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and some of its members on how medical cannabis should be regulated when the drug becomes legal.

Dr. Jeff Blackmer, CMA’s vice-president of medical professionalism, was at the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids conference in Toronto to present the CMA’s position. But the hostile response and personal attacks from the crowd led to him leaving before the session was over. “It was clear there was not going to be any reasoned debate or conversation,” said Blackmer.

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