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The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance of the following people in the preparation of this manuscript:
Dr Robert Ali, Chairman of the National Task Force on Cannabis, for his encouragement and support at all stages of the project, and the members of the Task Force for their feedback on earlier drafts of the document.
Dr Mario Argandona (WHO Programme on Substance Abuse), Dr Greg Chesher, (National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre), Paul Christie, (Project Officer, National Task Force on Cannabis), Dr Bill Corrigal (Senior Scientist, Addiction Research Foundation, Toronto), Emeritus Professor Harold Kalant (Department of Pharmacology, University of Toronto), and Dr Jean-Marie Ruel (Bureau of Dangerous Drugs, Health and Welfare Canada) for their useful comments on the whole manuscript.
The following persons are acknowledged for their expert comments on specific sections of the manuscript: Dr Peter Fried (Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario) for his comments on reproductive effects; Dr Richard Mattick (National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre) for his comments on the dependence syndrome; Dr Peter Nelson (Southern Cross University, New South Wales) for his comments on psychological effects); Dr Mehdi Paes (Department of Psychiatry, University of Rabat, Morocco) and Professor S.M. Channabasavanna (Director, National Institute of Mental Health and NeuroSciences, Bangalore, India) for their comments on psychiatric disorders; and Professor Donald Tashkin (Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles Medical School) for his comments on cardiovascular and respiratory effects.
Eva Congreve, the Archivist at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, performed above and beyond the call of duty in uncomplainingly and efficiently dealing with a plethora of requests for obscure publications in esoteric journals. Without her assistance, this review would not have been half as comprehensive as we hope it has been. Peter Congreve and Keith Warren collected articles and books which made the task of reading and writing easier.
Acknowledgment is given to the Centre's secretaries, Libby Barron, Margaret Eagers and Gail Merlin, who undertook the thankless task of checking the referencing and proof reading the manuscript.