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
What are the prevailing issues for and against legalization of marijuana? Just because something is labelled as “illegal” does not mean it is bad. Likewise, when something is labelled as “legal” does not mean it is not bad. Throughout the progression of time, the Western outlook on Marijuana has changed drastically. A few decades ago, the idea of smoking Marijuana was perceived as a menace to the public and the discussion of legalizing Marijuana was greatly frowned upon. Particularly during the early 1970’s when President Nixon proposed the ‘war on drugs’ policy, where he proclaimed, “The public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse (Sharp, 1994, p.1).” Despite the ‘war on drugs’ policy, several decades later, America began legalizing the recreational use of Marijuana in four different States including; Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. Similarly, with the United States’ impact, Canada is in the midst of legalizing Marijuana with the new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau in power. Throughout Canadian history, the United States has greatly influenced Canada’s policies and regulations. For instance, the issues of Doctor-assisted suicide and Abortion were first legalized in the United States and not too long after, Canada followed. In spite of the U.S influence, the discussion of Marijuana is a very prominent and controversial topic among Canadians. In fact, Marijuana can be both beneficial and harmful to all users.
Marijuana, a speculated harmful gateway drug where ‘Marijuana raids are more harmful than the drug itself”(Ingraham, 2017). Is Marijuana really that harmful to be illegal? Marijuana is currently illegal in some states in the U.S. and Canada for recreational use, medical use or both. Some areas already legalized the use of Marijuana like California, Nevada, etc. which is causing controversy since other states and countries won’t. Marijuana should be legal as the facts and statistics are coming out, like, the health benefits, the Economic benefits and how a low-risk drug like Cannabis compares to other legal drugs.
Marijuana is currently a hot topic of debate throughout Canada, and has been for the past few years. Marijuana was first banned in 1923 under the Opium and Drug Act, but since 1997 the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act have controlled it. In 2000, over 30,000 Canadians were charged with possession of marijuana. Currently, the marijuana laws are not enforced equally across the country, which has prompted the interest in changing the laws or possibly decriminalizing marijuana. Also, those convicted of marijuana related crimes usually don't go to jail, but they do receive a criminal record.
Marijuana is currently a hot topic of debate throughout Canada, and has been for the past few years. Marijuana was first banned in 1923 under the Opium and Drug Act, but since 1997 the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act have controlled it. In 2000, over 30,000 Canadians were charged with possession of marijuana. Currently, the marijuana laws are not enforced equally across the country, which has prompted the interest in changing the laws or possibly decriminalizing marijuana. Also, those convicted of marijuana related crimes usually don’t go to jail, but they do receive a criminal record.
The article, "We need to legalize marijuana now," by Ken MacQueen, dives into the topic of legalizing marijuana and the issues surrounding the matter. The author expands the topics of why marijuana is illegal, the cost of keeping marijuana illegal, why the prohibition is unfair, the potential risk to public safety by legalizing marijuana and the positive effects of legalizing marijuana. The author is able to firmly explain his point of view, why Canada should legalize marijuana, using examples, quotes and statistics. MacQueen concludes his
Legalizing the use of marijuana has been an ongoing debate since it was first classified as a narcotic in the Narcotic Act in 1970 (Napchan et al, 2011). Once defined as a narcotic, cannabis was made unattainable through a pharmacist, or through prescription by a physician (Napchan et al, 2011). Cannabis, also known as “marijuana”, refers to any preparation of the cannabis plant, most of which are intended for use as a psychoactive substance (Napchan et al, 2011). Marijuana has many benefits in Canada if legalization were to occur. Canada’s economy would benefit greatly from the legalization of marijuana by boosting taxation dollars, as well as creating jobs for many Canadians. Not only would the economy benefit, but communities would benefit
Throughout history, marijuana and its use in Canada has been surrounded with a myriad of controversy. Since its controversial prohibition in 1923 (Schwartz), marijuana has been a hot point of debate amongst Canadians. Although many believe that marijuana is extremely addictive, has negative effects on brain function and creates more crime, it is painfully obvious that Canada would benefit greatly from the taxing and selling of marijuana. The decriminalization of marijuana will not only salvage hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted law enforcement, but also will create a large financial windfall for the government in addition to directing more citizens to a less harmful drug than alcohol. According to many people who disagree with the sale of marijuana, “marijuana has serious health implications” (Berman). However, a recent study
Marijuana is a very prominent and controversial issue in society today. Although many slanderous claims have been made about cannabis in recent history, the truths are slowly starting to resurface. The big question succeeding these truths is if marijuana should be legalized in the United States collectively. Unfortunately, these truths are under a substantial amount of criticism due to the stereotypical view of what people see as the typical “pot smoker.” This twisted perception of a lazy and unmotivated America is the product of almost one hundred years of propaganda and deception spread by private interests who needed cannabis to be illegal for their own personal benefits. When taking into account the positives and negatives of the legalization of marijuana in the United States, the amount of benefits greatly outweigh the costs, making legalization necessary in a
In the perspective of America 's war on drugs, marijuana is one of the biggest enemies. Since alcohol and tobacco, two life threatening substances, are legal it is a relevant question to ask why marijuana is illegal. “The fact that marijuana is illegal is sufficiently caused by the amount of money, jobs, and pride invested in the drug war.” (Jacques) In other words, the government can not turn back now.
Medical marijuana has been a relatively new treatment, many politicians, philosophers, and United States citizens have both good and bad things to say about Medical Marijuana. Medical marijuana is said to help many different diseases and health defects, but economically many people have a bad view on what it can do. There has been a continuing fight for the legalization across the country as a whole, many see it as a fight between Medical marijuana and the pharmaceutical companies.
Many scientists, doctors, and patients recognize the medicinal utility of marijuana. However, the federal government opposes passing legislation that would legalize medical marijuana because of its potential to be abused or unregulated. The states are continuously challenging the federal government causing complications in legislation in regards to medical marijuana. Because of its history of medicinal properties and accumulating amounts of state and local legislation, the federal government should decriminalize medical marijuana and legalize its use.
"Would I rather drink and smoke cigarettes, impairing not only myself but others, or smoke cannabis and not maltreating anything living? Now, which one give the impression that it would be a good awareness to have legal in the U.S?" Cannabis better known as marijuana or Mary Jane has benefited our world in many ways, but why is it illegal? What are the good factors of alcohol or tobacco? All I can comprehend of them are bad factors that can damage our life. Cannabis has opened the minds of doctors and scientist so wide that it can really change the world or is that the problem? Yes, when people think of cannabis they think the only thing it can do is unhealthy, but that is not the case. Cannabis help with pain and mental problems that people face in the world today. It also help ease the pain that come from cancer and tumors that can cause cancerous problems. Cannabis should be legalized all over the world.
In 1996, starting with California, 21 states and the district of Columbia allowed for reduced or no penalties if marijuana was used for medicinal purposes. In 2012, Colorado passed Amendment 64 which is the law that legalized marijuana for recreational use. This act passed with a total of 55 percent of voters. Studies show two views on the legalization of marijuana; some positive and some negative. Some people use marijuana to get high, but others are prescribed marijuana to alleviate pain, generate an appetite, and relieve stress; these are three of the many benefits that medical marijuana offers. Medical marijuana can be an acceptable and beneficial drug.
The discussion whether cannabis, best known as weed, should be legalized or not is endless.