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Marijuana became legalized today throughout Canada. The Federal Government of Canada announced months ago that marijuana would become legalized on October 17, 2018. Adults will be allowed to buy, use, possess and grow recreational marijuana, under the law.
In Quebec and Alberta, the legal age is 18; it’s 19 in the remainder of the country. The measure legalizing the recreational use of the drug passed the Senate in June. Canada was the second country in the world — and the first G7 nation — to implement legislation permitting a nationwide marijuana market.
As a mother of a teenage boy, this instills a great amount of fear for me. In my opinion, the legalization of this substance makes it very easily accessible for children. Yes, the legal age is 18-19, however my son is in high school with grades 7-12. Most of these seniors are coming to the age of 18.
“The Canadian legislation, known as the Cannabis Act, stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and curb marijuana-related crime.” – CNN. I feel this is most definitely not keeping marijuana away from underage users. In fact the complete opposite.
In my profession, I see so many of todays youth rejoicing the fact that marijuana has become legalized. It is actually pretty sad. I have no issues with a mature adult that is old enough to make their own decisions however they choose. I do, however, have an issue with children. We try to protect our children to the best of our capabilities. How can we do this when our government passes laws such as this.
Educate todays children about marijuana by:
- Have conversations early that reflect your own values toward the use of drugs and other substances such as alcohol and cigarettes.
- It’s important to talk about the risks that come with using cannabis before 25. Until then, the brain isn’t fully developed and cannabis use can lead to problems that impact memory, learning, attention, judgment and decision making.
- A good approach is to understand the facts. Taking anything that changes the way you think, act and feel could have consequences on major life areas. This could include poor performance in school and dropping out of things you enjoy.
- If you know someone who is under 18, and they’re using or considering using cannabis, encourage them to think about where they do it, who they are with, why they are using, and what they are doing while using.
Remember this. Whether or not they express it, youth and teens care about your opinion. It matters and can help with decision making.
What are your thoughts on the Legalization of Marijuana in Canada?? Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments.