To cut down the black marketing for cannabis and arrests for illegal possession of small amounts of the drug, Canada recently legalized marijuana possession, home growing and sales for adults. The statute was announced following the recommendations made by a federal task force on marijuana legalization.
Although the reform is in violation of the international drug treaty (which explicitly ban legalization of marijuana) signed by the country, the step is the fulfilment of one of the promises that the ruling government assured at the time of the election in 2015. The bold step by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has not only sidestepped the outdated international drug laws, but has also challenged countries like China, Russia, and the United States that strictly abide by international drug treaties.
Important to regulate laws governing marijuana use
Experts have raised concern about the impact of the development on the U.S. Though marijuana is legal in nine U.S. states and Washington D.C. for recreational use, and in 29 states and Washington D.C. for medicinal purposes, the nationwide legalization of cannabis in Canada could only worry the U.S. Hence, at this juncture, it is important for Canada to take a close look at the laws surrounding marijuana use to reiterate its peace with its closest ally and strike a balance between its approach and the outlook of neighboring countries.
It is important for the federal government to pen down policies to monitor criminal sanctions (for, say, selling to minors) and the licensing of producers, while provincial governments should draw guidelines to manage the sales, distribution and related regulations like raising the minimum age for cannabis use, among others.
Expectations from marijuana legalization
Marijuana legalization has both pros and cons. On one hand it offers more employment opportunities for Canadians, on the other, it will significantly bring down the rate of arrests and the causal breaking up of families in the country. Further, it is a source of extra revenue. However, the legalization also carries the risk of encouraging the use and abuse of marijuana by more and more people, especially the younger generation.
Further, marijuana legalization in Canada could possibly rupture the future of the country’s businesses that deal with the sale and purchase of marijuana for medical purposes. So far, in spite of being the first country to legalize marijuana across the nation, Uruguay has been slow in setting up a market for the trade of the drug.
Threat to US
However, with Canada coming into the picture it could change the equations significantly as many players in the country have already sought licenses to sell the products that were earlier brought from the U.S. As a result, not only will the country become a lucrative destination for marijuana exports by the countries considering marijuana legalization but also pressurize the U.S. to match the competition and provide cannabis products at lower costs.
Moreover, experts fear that the step by Canada can encourage other countries to break free from international drug treaties and introduce their own reforms, especially in terms of marijuana and other drugs, thereby affecting the future of the marijuana policy worldwide.
Marijuana is addictive
While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recognize any medicinal values of marijuana and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies it as a Schedule I drug, researchers are still analyzing the addiction potential of the drug. Fortunately, marijuana addiction can be treated with proper medical intervention. Seeking immediate medical help with the onset of marijuana withdrawal can help in attaining complete recovery from marijuana use disorder.
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