The federal government’s latest anti-marijuana ad says the science on the drug is clear.
Yet, the Internet's verdict on the ad is even clearer. It hates it.
The ad, titled "Drug Prevention — Marijuana Use," has drawn 2,515 dislikes and a flurry of negative comments on Reddit since it was posted to YouTube on Oct. 20.
By contrast, only 104 users gave it a "thumbs up" on the video-sharing site.
In the ad, a narrator asks over ominous music, "Did you know that marijuana is on average 300 to 400 per cent stronger than it was 30 years ago? And that smoking marijuana can seriously harm a teen's developing brain?"
It goes on to say, "Smoking marijuana. It can damage a teen for life."
And while some users were supportive, others openly mocked it.
"TIL: my parents' age bracket smoked terrible pot," said Reddit user Snodgrass 82.
"Thanks for wasting tax dollars on telling people that flowers are bad," said YouTube user Voluntary Kant.
The government's science may not even be as clear as it claims. Marijuana's illegal status in Canada means that there have been few controlled studies to determine its benefits and damaging effects.
Health Canada, which oversees the country's medical marijuana program, has also refused to endorse the drug as a medicine because there's not enough science to prove its benefits.
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