The legalization of marijuana and the Jewish community

Sep 16, 2017 By Matthew Friedberg

Marijuana legalization needs limitations on how people access it — not unlike alcohol and tobacco in Canada, Toronto criminal lawyer Matthew Friedberg tells The Canadian Jewish News."For most, it is certainly beyond dispute that marijuana is a far less harmful drug than alcohol. Still, while it has medical benefits in some circumstances, when used recreationally — especially if abused — it can have harmful health consequences," he says. 

Friedberg, a partner with Caramanna Friedberg LLP, joined Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner and Dr. Barry Pakes, program director of the public health and preventive medicine program at the University of Toronto, for an interview with the publication about the potential impact of legalizing marijuana in July 2018. Friedberg says an additional goal of legalization should be to reduce the monopoly organized crime currently has on the marijuana trade.

He says there are strong reasons to believe that legalization will reduce harm. 

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