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Cannabis, Mental Disorders and the Precautionary Principle: A Reason to Sustain Prohibition?

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Zullino Daniele, Tsartsalis Stergios, Calzada Gerard, Cattacin Sandro,
Project La régulation du Cannabis. Une analyse comparative d’une politique drogue en transformation
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Acta Psychopathologica
Volume (Issue) 3(3)
Page(s) 5 - 8
Title of proceedings Acta Psychopathologica
DOI 10.4172/2469-6676.100077

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While the existence of multiple correlations between mental disorders and cannabis consumption is undisputed, it still remains open to question whether these correlations imply causation [5]. Although it is true that the limited ability to identify or to quantify causal relationships may occasionally be misinterpreted as evidence of safety, failure to take precautionary action can possibly have catastrophic social and economic costs. For example, the history regarding tobacco and its effects on public health may provide abundant evidence of avoidable costs due to waiting for convincing proof of harm.