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GPs warned over cannabis

RCGP drugs misuse spokeswoman Dr Clare Gerada has called on GPs to get more clued up on the dangers of cannabis and seek to influence the 'political landscape surrounding its use'.

In an article published on the RCGP website this week, Dr Gerada warned heavy cannabis use was even more dangerous now than 20 to 30 years ago.

'A ''reefer'' in the 1980s contained about 10mg of 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH), the main active chemical ­ a joint today may contain 300mg of TCH,' she warned.

Dr Gerada, project director of the college's drug training programme, said GPs were not convinced of the dangers of the drug to public health and claimed 'very few can cite one problem with cannabis'.

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