The Potential Legalization Of Marijuana

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One of the most controversial topics in Canada is the potential legalization of marijuana. Marijuana is at times viewed as a helpful medicine; but it is in fact a dangerous and harmful drug. Marijuana, also referred to as weed, pot, grass, ganja, and Mary Jane is very popular within our society. Marijuana can be used in various forms; it can be rolled into cigarettes which are referred to as “joints”, it can also be used in pipes known as “bongs”. Marijuana is also used in tea; this is normally used for medicinal purposes, it is also found in foods such as cookies and brownies. Marijuana is the most used illegal drug in Canada and the possible legalization of it is something that needs to be taken serious. It is an addictive drug that will cause an increase in drug abuse and crime. (Will) The various advantages and disadvantages of legalization is what makes this issue so controversial, thus a quick solution is impossible. Legalization of marijuana will cause significant health risks, increase crime and violence, harm our adolescents, and will have an overall negative impact upon society. We, as a society, have to ensure that the right decision is taken as it will affect not only our current society but the future one as well. The right decision is to ensure that marijuana stay illegal in Canada because if it is legalized, more people will utilize it, causing negative effects on our health system, our justice system and on our families. Accordingly, Canada has to decide not to legalize marijuana as the negative impacts evidently outweigh the positive ones. One of the main reasons why people believe that marijuana should be legalized is that it will reduce crime, which in fact is not accurate. This is providing a false illus... ... middle of paper ... ...start to wear off, the user will turn to a stronger drug in order to get rid of an unwanted situation or feeling that they initially were trying to get rid of when they started consuming marijuana. Majority of cocaine users (99.9%) began by first using marijuana as their initial drug of choice. One study found that youths between the ages of 12 to 17 years of age who were users of marijuana are 85 times more likely to use cocaine than kids who do not smoke marijuana and 60% of the kids who smoked marijuana before the age of 15 move on to using cocaine. Canadian youth had the highest rate of marijuana use in 2009–2010 (28%), in comparison to students in other developed countries. (Is) All these factors should be taken into consideration and the question on everyone’s mind should be why we would legalize something that we know can be damaging to society as a whole.
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