Marijuana has been illegal around most of the western world for much of the last century. While the drug has never been proven to kill anyone, it can still harm the human body by contributing to lung disease and cancer. Marijuana for sale in South Australia It has also been a profitable cash crop for illegal drug cartels throughout South and Central America, in addition to lining the pockets of criminal elements in the United States.
In the last decade, however, more and more countries and states within the US have been passing laws easing the criminality of buying, selling and using marijuana. There are now many states in America where purchasing and using marijuana is legal as long as you have a prescription from your doctor. It may or may not have been the original intention of the lawmakers that approved medical marijuana, but these prescriptions have been ridiculously easy for casual marijuana users to obtain, as well.
According to an article from the Huffington Post, called Canada’s Medical Marijuana System Overhaul Starts Tuesday, the nation of Canada has approved a major overhaul of how medical marijuana is produced and obtained throughout the country. Is this a good thing, though?
Changes in Production and Distribution
The most recent production and distribution system for marijuana in Canada has been that private, individual producers could grow marijuana and supply it to no more than two people. This means that pot-growing operations had to stay small, and ideally, no legally operating business could run a huge operation or become some sort of drug kingpin. (There are enough illegal producers like that already.)
New legislation has been passed to overhaul the entire medical marijuana system in Canada, however, and the new regulations will nullify the licenses of these individual growers. Instead, large, privately owned marijuana farms will be the new producers for the drug throughout the country.
Canadians will still have to get a prescription from their doctors, but they can then buy the drug from regulated, approved distribution businesses. Initially the drug will be more expensive than it currently sells for, but experts predict that the price will soon drop to almost half of its current price.
How will This Affect the Country
The big questions are how will this affect citizens throughout the country, especially the majority of Canadians that don’t use marijuana at all. Also, how will it affect us down here south of the border?
For users of the drug, there may be both major advantages and major drawbacks. They won’t like the increased prices, but the social stigma of using marijuana also decreases every time lawmakers make the drug even easier to legally obtain. For families that don’t want their children growing up in a country with widely legal drug use, this is another disappointing setback.
Legal drugs such as tobacco and cigarettes already damage the health and lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year. Adding another drug to the mix that can hurt so many is highly disappointing. Changes such as this lead many observers to believe that marijuana will simply be legal for recreational purchases within a decade.
Americans could also be affected by these legal changes in Canada. If the drug is even easier to buy north of the border, it means that this drug is even easier to transport across the border to the US. Border patrol agents look for drugs being moved into the country, but this doesn’t actually stop it from happening.
Ideally, we’d live in a world that recognized these drugs for the dangers to society that they are. In the meantime, however, public health advocates can continue to lobby for these drugs to be controlled and kept out of our children’s hands.