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Legal Weed in the Great White North

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As of October 17, 2018, Canada became only the second nation on the planet to make marijuana legal. While various states in the U.S. have legalized marijuana, it remains to be seen whether doing so on a national basis will result in on overall benefit to society.

Because of the size and scale of Canada's legalization, many around the world will pay attention to how it all works out. Will crime be reduced and tax coffers filled to overflowing, as supporters of legalization contend? Or will legalization of the drug result in greater exposure to its potential ills touted by the drug's detractors, such as long-term memory loss and increased mental illness?

New Atlas recently took a detailed look at some of the larger issues Canadians will confront in this regard. Among them:

  • Increased Use: It's not so much whether those currently using will use more or more freely, but that greater availability of a now-legalized substance will find its way into the hands of children and adolescents.
  • Safety: Just prior to legalization, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an editorial noting that the move amounted to "a national, uncontrolled experiment in which the profits of cannabis producers and tax revenues are squarely pitched against the health of Canadians." With comments like that about a now-legal drug, who needs warnings?
  • Stoned Drivers: While several U.S. states report that traffic collisions and fatalities haven't increased dramatically due to marijuana legalization, removing restrictions from weed for an entire population of over 40 million people is an entirely different matter.

It will likely take several years to sort out all of the issues.

Will it be too late to reverse course by then?

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

Website: www.jimlillie.com
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