The Argument For Marijuana Legalization In Canada

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The Liberal government of Canada is bringing up the issue with marijuana legalization this spring. The proposition of the legalization has its supporters and opponents that make that change difficult to implement in the Canadian society. The statistics have shown that most Canadians are expecting this changes (Spithoff, 2015). The new legislation will allow legally sell, possess and consume cannabis without any legal implications. The aim of this paper is to examine the proposition for marijuana legalization from different sides of the debate and to identify the best possible solution to the issue. Policies at federal and provincial levels of the government will be analyzed with the support of the research evidence. The words cannabis and…show more content…
It means that substances in that Schedule potentially high for abuse and can cause dependence. The law prohibits possessing, cultivating and selling marijuana for nonmedical use. In 2001, Canada legalized marijuana use for medical purposes, but debate for legal recreational use remains ongoing (Spithoff, 2015). In Ontario, medical marijuana is legal for those who have certain medical conditions. The prescription is given by a specially certified physician. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario released a new Cannabis Policy Framework (2014) that recommends legalization. It refers to the fact that Canada is one of the leading countries for marijuana consumption. It is the favorite recreational drug in Canada along with tobacco and alcohol (Crepault, 2014).
The official stand of the Liberal Party of Canada is to legalize and regulate the access to marijuana. The NDP and Bloc Quebecois support marijuana decriminalization, but not legalization (Rosen, 2015). Those, who support have many arguments to do so. One of the main arguments is that marijuana is not more addictive than tobacco and alcohol use even though these two last products are sold and used legally anywhere in Canada. Research by Wang (2016) about marijuana use and the cigarette smoking supports that nicotine dependence has higher levels than
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This is the product of the research on the issue with the input from the experts in the field and opinions of all social groups. The Report offers 80 recommendations with the main accent on establishing a minimum national age of purchase of 18, and discourage to use under age of 25. The sale should be restricted to certain places, restricted advertisement and promotion, set a maximum amount of THC in the product, and educate the public about adverse effects and risk of marijuana-impaired driving. This Report is to prepare a draft of the law to legalize marijuana use in Canada (Government of Canada,
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