The Issue Of Legalization Of Marijuana

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Legalization of Marijuana

The role that social policies have in the lives of every citizen cannot be understated, as the rules, regulations, and laws that govern our society provide the foundation off which our social welfare system operates. Over the past several decades, the social policy issue of the legalization of marijuana has gained substantial traction in the public eye, making it a priority topic to be addressed on the government agenda. With Colorado and Washington becoming the first states in the U.S. to legalize marijuana (TIME, 2012), Alaska and Oregon were soon to follow (Fortune, 2016), prompting more discussion and research around the effects of legalizing marijuana in North America, particularly in regard to social policy.

Marijuana control has been intertwined in Canada’s social, legal, and political system for over half a decade, with the issue really gaining traction in the 1960’s as policing began more heavily enforcing the law on marijuana (Fischer, Ialomiteanu, Russell, Rehm, & Mann, 2016). Currently, approximately 10-12% of Canadian adults partake in the use of marijuana, with the percentage increasing for adolescents, of whom 25-30% report use (Fischer et al., 2016; Health Canada 2014; Ialomiteanu et al. 2014).
Similar numbers can be found in the States, with more than 8.4 million U.S. citizens reporting daily or near-daily basis, that number having more than doubled from 3.9 million in the span of two years (Glenza, 2016). An…
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