Marijuana, also known as cannabis is heavily used around the world, it is one of the
most popular drugs used to date. It is a cigarette-like drug that is used to smoke for
various reasons. Canada will legislate a law which will legalize the use of marijuana as
of July 2018. This has been a long debate and political platform. Many people have
different opinions as to why they believe marijuana should be legalized or shouldn’t.
The Opium Act prohibited the use of drugs in Canada in 1908, but in July 2001,
access of marijuana was allowed for medical purposes by the Health Canada. (“Legal
History of Cannabis in Canada.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 23 Dec. 2017,
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_history_of_cannabis_in_Canada). Justin Trudeau was
elected as Prime Minister in 2015 and has promised Canadians to legalize marijuana
since then he has taken major steps into legalization of cannabis. As mentioned via
news and social media, we will see a law in July 2018, which will pass the use of
marijuana. Many people are against the legalization of marijuana as it has always been
recognized as a dangerous drug. Young Canadian youths have been introduced to
marijuana between the ages of 15-24. Canada has the highest rate worldwide. The
World Health Organization has found that cannabis use in “Canadian youth (13%) was
the second highest” of 40 countries. (“Drug Info.” Drug Free Kids Canada,
www.drugfreekidscanada.org/drug-info/cannabis/). Many young teens will become
addicted to the drug and may try new drugs like cocaine or heroin because the effects
of marijuana will not work for them anymore.
Cannabis was used for medical purposed back in the 1850’s and it still does.
Although marijuana was known to have users happy and relaxed, the sensation will vary
for each person. Doctors prescribed marijuana to those who have pain or illness such
as cancer, liver disease, psychosis.(Loria, J. W. 2014, April 20. 23 Health Benefits Of
Marijuana. Retrieved January 04, 2018, from http://www.businessinsider.com/health-
Canadians also smoke marijuana to help with sleep deprivation, depression, and
chronic pain. Many people who use marijuana for reasons like these, will disagree with
others who believe it’s harmful. According to the journal of Scientific Reports, they found
that alcohol is 114 times more deadly than cannabis. ((2016, March 07). Once the law is
legislated, the selling of cannabis will be good from the perspective of the government
because this will mean more taxes on Canadians. Drugs have been around for years
and it has always been a money maker. Pablo Escobar was the richest man on earth for
selling a drug called cocaine, although it is much different from marijuana it is another
money maker. This law will destroy our society because people will now be selling it on
the streets to anyone who can buy — this may be a crime but it will still happen.
There have been many controversies over the use of marijuana. We were brought up
believing marijuana was a dangerous substance and it can kill you. In 2007, police have
reported “over 100,000 drug-related incidents” and 62% of that 100,000 involved
marijuana. (Trends in police-reported drug offences in Canada. (2015, November 30).
Retrieved January 04, 2018, from https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2009002/
article/10847-eng.htm). Legalizing marijuana may be a good or bad thing. I believe
legalizing marijuana will decrease the amount of people who get arrested and have
prisons less crowded. This will allow having more space for people who have committed
a more serious crime. As for my opinion, having to legalize marijuana may be bad for
business’ around the GTA because for years and years cannabis has been known to be
an easy money maker as there as so many users around the world. This will allow
people to open pop-up shops and sell cannabis, which they can earn millions or billions
of dollars a year. The fall of 2017, the “stock cannabis producer’s value increased by
54%, according to Vahan Ajamian of Beacon Securities Ltd.” (“Timeline of Cannabis in
Canada.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 3 Jan. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Timeline_of_cannabis_in_Canada). The reason as to why I am against the legalization
of marijuana in Canada is because this will have many young adults addicted to the
plant, and have them try other horrific drugs like cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine.
Although this legalization is only for 18 years and older, like today, people can buy for
young youths ages 14 -17. Just like underage drinking, the distribution of alcohol for
young teens will also consume drugs in their early ages.This can kill the teenage brain
because they are still developing, which will affect their health in their adult life. The use
of drugs can increase in more poverty because our Canadians will be spending more
money monthly on their addiction, which will result in debt.
In conclusion, marijuana has it positive purposes for mental illness and terminally ill
patients. Legislating marijuana will have a huge impact in Canadians as a whole
because they will be spending money to feed their addictions. Young adults will follow
the examples of older adults, which can lead to addiction, youth homelessness, poverty
and gang violence. Marijuana can be a negative or a positive substance depending on
your outlook towards it.