Canada legalizes marijuana

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Canada legalizes marijuana

Maxwell W. '20, Writer

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The Canadian Senate passed a vote on June 19 to legalize recreational marijuana, but it did not go into effect until Oct. 17, when the first marijuana dispensary opened to the public. Canada is the second country in the world to legalize marijuana nationwide, the first being Uruguay last year on Dec. 13. After hearing the news, thousands of Canadians lined up in front of marijuana dispensaries, all hoping to be the first buyers.

One of these people was Ian Power, a consumer who bought marijuana from a dispensary in the city of St. John’s, the capital of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“I’m having a plaque made with the date and time and everything. This is never actually going to be smoked. I’m going to keep it forever,” Power said in a interview with CNN.

People in Canada are excited to have recreational marijuana legalized throughout all regions. However, some rules and regulations are still in place to govern its use. Only adults are allowed to buy and grow recreational marijuana. The legal age of adulthood is 18 in the cities of Alberta and Quebec, but 19 in the rest of country. Marijuana will not be distributed to a large amount of stores right away. Canadians will have to purchase marijuana from drug retailers who are regulated by provinces and territories, or from federally licensed producers.

“I think it was a great idea for Canada to legalize marijuana. It has been proven that once your brain has finished developing, cannabis is safe,” Jordan S. ‘20 said.

Canadians cannot travel with marijuana into another country, including the states in the United States which have legalized it. These states are Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine. The United States national government still considers marijuana an illegal substance. They cite sources which say marijuana has no medicinal value, and can negatively affect people’s health and well being.

“Legalizing marijuana in American would help our economy grow and create jobs, as marijuana industry grows,” Tyler B. ‘20 said.

The Cannabis Caucus is a group of Congressman from the United States who pushes to create federal laws which prohibit medical and recreational marijuana. However, each individual state in the United States can legalize marijuana at the state level. The marijuana in the United States could gain greater appeal with Canada joining the global market.

I am not a believer in legalizing marijuana in any state or country. Marijuana is a depressant that has hallucinogenic properties similar to LSD,” OHS health teacher Samuel Fuchs said.

Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana has made international headlines. Being the second country to legalize marijuana, Canada has made a name for itself in the up and coming global market of cannabis.

“I think legalizing marijuana is a bad example for the country of Canada. It is hurting many individual’s brains, and different companies profits throughout the globe,” said Shane S. ‘20.