N.B. doctors ask government to set legal marijuana age at 21

The New Brunswick Medical Society says the legal age to buy marijuana should be 21 – and the age for tobacco should be raised to 21, too.

The society has issued 14 recommendations to the provincial government, saying it wants to "to minimize the harm to the public from the coming legalization of marijuana."

It says it would prefer marijuana not be sold to anyone under the age of 25, but recognizes that's unrealistic.

It says it would accept the age of 21, and adds that should also become the legal age for buying tobacco for anyone born in the year 2000 or later.

Notably, the society adds the province should speak about the economic potential of marijuana production "in a cautious manner."

Dr. Lynn Murphy-Kaulbeck, president of the medical society, said she believes marijuana is routinely underestimated as a harmful substance.