Recreational use of marijuana in Canada is still illegal, according to current law. However, if you can pass the medicinal exam that certifies you for medical use of the plant, you have different rules. For those who use marijuana medicinally, it is legal to possess, consume, and grow the plant, according to Benzinga. Some authorities believe that marijuana will move into legalization for Canada this year while others think it may still take time. Canada’s current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is young and more diversified than recent leaders. Many feel he will make the move because he might see the drug as medicinal and less harmful. Compared to Canada’s current opioid epidemic, marijuana seems harmless.
Marijuana is not as harmless as it used to be. Increasing amounts of science are going behind the growth of marijuana, manipulating strands to produce maximum potency. Today’s marijuana is significantly stronger than it was in previous decades. In addition, it is being used more frequently and more intensive ways than before. Marijuana addiction has been widely debated over the years, but it is now listed as an official substance use disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Varying research studies have found that marijuana negatively influences key areas of the brain like other addictions do. Marijuana abuse in youth can lead to a stunt in cognitive development, for example. Adults who become addicted to marijuana find that they experience many of the same psychological as well as physiological withdrawal symptoms when they try to go without use of the ‘harmless’ drug.
Why Marijuana Isn’t Taken Seriously
To date, there is no overdose death due to marijuana. Marijuana also doesn’t pose the many health threats that other drugs and alcohol do. Since marijuana has such medicinal qualities, it doesn’t do any severe damage. Even lungs are relatively protected when someone abuses marijuana. The concern is mostly psychological and a matter of lifestyle. Marijuana can change the way someone interacts with their life, to a debilitating degree.
What Legalization Will Mean
A few states in the US have legalized marijuana on a recreational level and have seen positive results. The drug will not be completely freed from legal consequence. An ongoing concern regarding the legalization of drugs is whether or not marijuana will act as a ‘gateway’ to other drugs. So far in the US, recreational legalization has not led to an increase of other drug use.
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