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OMA doctor on defensive after controversial marijuana comments – Canindia News

In a radio interview recently, Dr. Nadia Alam, president of the Ontario Medical Association said what many fear- smoking a joint could act as a gateway to harder drugs. Hours later she was forced to apologize after an avalanche of social media outrage.

“What I would say is that I misspoke, I misunderstood,” she said.

Her views regarding the side-effects of recreational marijuana was criticized.

In addition to saying that marijuana could act as a gateway drug, she said in the interview that recreational use can play a role in causing anxiety and withdrawal symptoms for people who become addicted to it.

Many in the medical community are privately voicing concerns about the fact that legalization of marijuana comes with risks. But saying so publicly is a risk few doctors are willing…

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