My Take on Canada’s Decision to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Written by Dominique Bancey

My source of information for this article can be located here: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/17/health/canada-legalizes-recreational-marijuana/index.html

Firstly, let’s note that this is all simply my opinion on this entire matter, and it should not be taken as gospel.

Based on the article, it is evident that many Canadians are ecstatic about the fact that they are able to legally purchase and smoke marijuana, strictly for recreation. But why? Well I think that for most persons, without a legitimate reason, it would be difficult for them to actually be prescribed a medicinal dosage of cannabis. However, with the legalization of recreational pot, they are free to purchase and smoke without worrying about being charged and possibly locked away.

Personally, I believe that marijuana can be beneficial to many individuals, not just as a specific medicine to treat certain illnesses. I know many friends of mine who turn to smoking this cannabis as a way of relieving themselves from anxiety or even just stress. I haven’t heard of any serious cases of persons using cannabis where it has caused them much harm, however, something that has been legal for years (alcohol) has been proven to cause damage to many individuals across the world.

Of course, it’s understandable why there’s a legal age for persons who may purchase and use marijuana, you wouldn’t want children having access to it as it is still a form of drug. So in Canada, the legal age in Quebec and Alberta (provinces) is 18, while in the other provinces throughout, it is 19.

Another positive about this legalization, is the boost that it will offer for the economy, and not just the one in Canada. Companies all over the world who specialize in growing cannabis or producing cannabis-based products, will now have more of a market to provide for, which will enhance sales and demands. The states in the USA that have cannabis legalized will also have companies there who are willing to import and export with companies located in Canada. This will increase trade amongst countries and bring in more revenue.  

The one thing that makes me wonder about this legalization.

What will happen to those who have been charged and locked away for possession of this now legal herb?

Apparently authorities are looking into what can be done in order to deal with that, but who knows just how long that will actually take?

Until next time.

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