Legalising the sale of cannabis in Queensland is likely to be one of the best things that can be done to protect the state from the coronavirus pandemic, a new study has found.
Key points:The study suggests a range of other strategies could be used to combat the coronaval virusProfessor Anthony Fauci says more research is needed on the impact of legalisationThe research was published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday.
Professor Anthony Gaughan from the Queensland Government’s Public Health Department said the study was not a scientific analysis, but rather a call for more research.
“What we’re trying to do here is say, is there something we can do to increase the safety of cannabis, and is there anything we can’t do, which may not be a very good thing, in terms of the coronivirus?” he said.
“In this study, we looked at the role of cannabis use and the level of use.”
We looked at all of these things, and found that there were a number of different strategies that could be put into place.
“Professor Gaugha said research was also needed on whether legalising cannabis would be effective in curbing the spread of the pandemic.”
That’s where we’re at now, the most recent research has not come out and shown any real benefits,” he said, adding the research needed to be done more thoroughly.”
It’s a really exciting study, but we’re not done yet.
“The study found there was evidence that legalising the possession and use of cannabis was one of a range more options.
The study did not assess whether cannabis use was the only way to prevent coronaviruses.
Professor Gaugan said while research on the efficacy of cannabis should be done, the best thing that could happen was for the Queensland government to use its considerable expertise in the field to help address the spread.”
The government’s a huge partner, and they can do a lot more to protect Queenslanders,” he explained.”
So we need to do more research on what could be done and to make sure that we can put together policies that would be more effective.
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