Legalization of Marijuana in Canada Marijuana, in other words known as the blossom, whichis dried from the famous cannabis sativa and cannabis indica plants. They areused for many purposes such as animal food and medicine. The flower containvery active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are consumed for medicinaland spiritual purposes. Before the 20thcentury, these plants were not having any regulations and were favoured as acommon ingredient in medicines. During this period, major objections tomarijuana rose sharply as part of the U.S.
temperance movement against alcohol.In my opinion, Marijuana should not be legalized in Canada because it affectsthe well-being of person’s life, causes danger of second-hand smoke tobystanders and increases the probability of drugs falling into the hands ofyounger generation very high.People who is under the influence of Marijuana finds it asa ‘Gateway Drug’ that eventually leads to move on to more dangerous and illegalactivities. First, smoking Marijuana causes long-term harmful effects in thesociety. In a 2016 article issued by International journal of health policy andmanagement suggests: “Although there is some evidence indicating therapeuticbenefits of marijuana use in neuropathic pain, inflammatory bowel diseases,managing symptoms of chemotherapy and treatment-resistant epilepsy in children,marijuana use is associated with adverse health effects”(para.13).
This cause’sshort-term memory concentration, lack of proper attention to activity involvedleading to unintentional death among the consumer and many innocent people. Theextensive use of this drug has an adverse effect in the health of the newbornbaby and many children, which after a certain period effects the overallproductivity of the county in a terrible way. Secondly, if Marijuana isconsumed on regular terms as a medicine; it makes the consumer to use it as avery addictive drug even without his knowing. International Journal of Healthpolicy and management (2016) published an article indicating “legalization inCanada could lead to an increase in the recreational use of the drug amongadults which, in turn, could result in the health risks associated with the substanceuse” (para.14).
This if found to be a serious issue because in Marijuana legalcountries the rate of accidents and intoxication among children have beenreported a significant increase the legalizationof Marijuana in Colorado: The impact (2014).If Canada has to face the same fate of Colorado and other Marijuana legal countries,it causes the government a lot of money for the restricted selling in themarkets and frequent checkups to ensure safety among public. Lastly, the use ofthis very dangerous substance causes an imbalance in a person’s life. Long termusers of this drug have reported to drop out of school and follows this samemethod in their jobs in the future National instituteon drug abuse (2017b). This leads to thelosing of the individual’s respect among his/her family and the society.Overall this makes the person’s life miserable such as by causing lowersatisfaction in terms of his life, lowers his/her mental and physical health.At the end, the person is incapable to lead a successful family life but allthese could be avoided if marijuana is expelled from his life.
The harmful effects of marijuana is not limited to theconsumer but also to the innocent people surrounding him because they aredegrading the fellow’s valuable life, destroys the happiness among theirfamilies without his knowing and causes harmful effects the environment too.Firstly, the smoke from cannabis when inhaled by a non-smoker causes thechances of acquiring harmful diseases within him. It has found that when non-smokersare exposed to second hand marijuana smoke, there is a positive result ofabsorption of cannabinoids in their body EvanS.Herrmann et al. (2015).This causes similar aftereffects as found in a smoker but in a small amount.The exposure causes an increase in the bystander’s heart rate, which leads to aslight chance of getting a cardiac arrest if he is having an asthma or anyother respiratory diseases.
It also causes him to become slow to response andlack of attention to his/her surroundings. Secondly, this might lead to aninnocent fellow’s death causing a destruction of his family or in other case;there might be fighting within family due to drug related issues because he/sheis positive to drug tests if tested. It is seen that “Drug use puts a lot ofstress on parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents—anyone who is part of thehome”(“National institute on drug abuse”, 2017a). This issue arises for example when a person isapplying for a job and he is found positive for drug test because of continuousexposure to second-hand smoking. As a whole when a person is found he is foundpositive for drug test, he becomes mentally down. Lastly, this second-handsmoke does not affect only human beings but also the environment. Theses second-handsmoke doesn’t disappear from the environment and causes pollution to the airand even enters the food chain causing Bio-magnification”The lung association Quebec” (n.
d.). Clothes,skin and food absorb this harmful smoke. They even cause many skin irritations,breathing problems, irritation for the eyes and reduce necessary substanceslike cholesterol in blood. All these factors leads to extinction of plants andanimals and even a huge decrease in population of human beings.
No matter byhow much you are getting exposed to the smoke the people automatically becomesa passive smoker and all these could be avoided when they are not legalized andby imposing a strict restriction.No matter what all drugs exist in the market, the influenceshown by marijuana is so strong towards the younger generation and even everynon-smoker once in his or her lifetime had feeling to experience cannabis oncein his or her lifetime. Firstly, the younger generation are next to hold humanvalues and principles.
They are constantly learning new things but they are notclear about what is right and wrong. In a 2015 journal by Psychiatric Times suggests”Marijuana is by far the most commonly used illicit substance among adolescentsand young adults, even surpassing tobacco use. About 45% of 12th graders andmore than 50% of 18- to 25-year-olds have tried cannabis, and use is steadilyincreasing” (para.2). Research has consistently shown that the use whetherconsistent or not is associated with outcomes that are not favourable, this isbecause the brain is still in its early developing stage and is more exposed tothe effects of drugs like marijuana. Adolescent marijuana use has beenassociated with impaired memory, difficulty in learning, poorer life outcomes,and even changes in the structure and function of specific brain regions.Adolescents and young adults are also more likely than elder people to becomeaddicted to marijuana, which has negative effects on physical, emotional, andpsychological health.
Secondly, the youth is more attracted to things to getattention and things that make cool in front of the public but in reality thesethings are not. The Globe and Mail(2014) published an article stating that”Canada’s youth are not only top consumers of the world’s most widely usedillicit drug – they are also lab rats for the most potent bud the world hasever known”(para.4).
It has become a custom that youngsters; in this caseCanadian youngsters are more likely to experience marijuana and so do theirfriends. There is a significant promotion of marijuana even by celebrities,which has a huge impact on children. They often try enacting the life style andthe method of living of the celebrities they praise. The fun fact is that aftera long time these youngsters realise that they have been trapped in the chainof marijuana and tries to escape from it, which is near impossible. Lastly, themore we use drugs the more our brain or our lifestyle is altered.
In a 2014article published by Psychology today suggests “smokin pot once a week—maycause structural changes in the size and shape of two brain regions”(para.2).This lowers the IQ level among many of the youngsters.
This may even causepermanent brain damage and finally destroys his future. Nobody wants his or herlife purposefully to be wasted for the sake of getting high for few hours. Maybeif we save the money spend on drugs leads to buying of our dream car or a house.All these reasons is enough to evade away from marijuana and stand against itslegalization in Canada.The restriction of a person to choose his medicine for hiswellbeing is same as giving him away in the hands of death; however, somepowerful arguments initiated by experts and researchers are used to supportlegalization of marijuana.
The argument that majority of the people living inCanada favours consuming marijuana for the purpose of medicine. In a 2017article in The Global and Mail suggests that:”61 per cent of Canadians surveyedsaid they believe pot should be legalized for recreational use, with thatnumber rising to 73 per cent among millennials”(para .1). A point that has tobe noted is that the poll is mainly favoured by the millennials; the youngergeneration who is still exploring what life is and does not have a clear ideaabout what is right and wrong.
The matured generation of Canada knows what isright and wrong which makes them completely against the use of marijuana eventhough it can be used as a medicine. The after effects of using marijuana; thechange in behavior, driving patterns have started to be considered normal.Darrell Bricker CEO of Ipsos Affairs states that: “To be clear, what they areon board with is the idea that people should not be going to jail or have acriminal record because of the fact they are using pot personally.” (para.
3). The extend of abnormal behaviour shown by theconsumer depends upon his intake and numerous incidents have taken placeleading to the death of many innocent people. Consuming marijuana is same asconsuming alcohol and driving while consuming alcohol is a serious offence allover the world. This has been found to cause ‘Impairment’, which found notnormal according to current circumstances. As a whole, the idea of consumingmarijuana even as a medicine causes so bad to the society.
Marijuana should be banned in Canada to have a healthy andresponsible life style among the society because it can cause harmful effectseven to the non-smokers also and increases the chances of future generationsfalling into the use of drugs. In future if it becomes legalized and madereadily available to the markets the world, we see right now is going to changein a bad manner. Making and selling drugs such as marijuana guarantees thatmore people are going to be addicted and health issues and average lifeexpectancy of a Canadian reduces drastically. It is better to stay away from thingsthat causes more harm than good even if it comes to us in the name of amedicine.