The federal government put aside $20 million in its most recent budget for research into the impact of cannabis use in Canada. (Evan Mitsui/CBC) Susan Lunn has been covering politics in Ottawa since 2002. She has a special interest in health and the environment. With the legalization of recreational cannabis use just months away, the federal government is “stepping a little into the dark,” according to the scientist who helped create pot use guidelines for Canada. Dr. Benedikt Fischer, a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, said cannabis is a complex drug — and there’s still a lot we don’t know about its effects. “We’re stepping a little into the dark, into the fog, with this step forward for legalization,” Fischer said. ‘Into the dark’: With just months to go before legalization, federal government funds marijuana research

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