Decriminalising All Drugs

The Battle to Legalise Marijuana

With the Canadian government taking steps to legalise marijuana, many predict that matters are set to steer in a new direction.

Canada are focused on the overall process of legalisation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes the current system is not up to standard.

Medical marijuana use is becoming more common across the globe, with Canada itself a top exporter for the drug for medical purposes.

With Uruguay already legalising the drug, Canada may very well be the second country to legalise the production, if they follow through with the proper steps.

Now, it’s up to the House of Commons to either accept or reject the amendments set before them.

Legislation is designed to combat social ills and the criminalisation of the drug itself.

Illegal distribution will become redundant, with many businesses gaining the potential to flourish under legal boundaries.

While this seems like a step in the right direction, many worry there are negatives that go hand in hand.

For example, a conservative from Quebec, Leo Housakos, believes teenagers now will have more access to marijuana than ever before.

This very fact is the reason why Canadians aren’t completely following through with the bill.

Is global legislation of marijuana inevitable?

Nine states in North America have already legalised the drug, while another 20 have legalised medical marijuana.

The Western world is slowly accepting marijuana, as research demonstrates marijuana isn’t as harmful as many previously believed.

The drug itself has been deemed to have very few side effects, less even than most prescribed pain killers.

For the time being, legalising marijuana in the US is a mixed bag.

Oregon has made it possible for people to become ‘pot entrepreneurs’, which has in turn enriched the state’s tax coffers.

Money is a huge factor when it comes to legalisation.

If more US states begin to turn over large amounts of wealth from marijuana legalisation, then other states will begin to follow.

Canada legalising marijuana will have a larger impact on the world than we think.

The potential for economic growth for the country is huge.

Eventually, parts of the world may follow in their footsteps.

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The Australian Tribune Editorial

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