Why should marijuana be legalized in Canada, or anywhere else, for that matter? What should be the criteria upon which to make this decision? First of all, I am no expert but I do have my opinion. I hear the nay-sayers talk about how much ‘potential’ harm it could do to under- twenty-five year old people and their brain development. I can’t debate this fact because I don’t know all that there is to know but others, way more knowledgeable than myself, very hotly debate it so it then becomes a personal issue as to who to believe and what risk one is willing to take. On the flipside, there have been remarkably credible claims of its tendency to kill certain cells and that it seriously alleviates and even reverses symptoms of some of humanity’s most horrible diseases. I, myself, can personally attest to the fact that it is a much more gentle solution to my chronic pain issues than the brutal hydromorphone (dilaudid) I have been taking for years. With marijuana I have no nausea and hangovers. By the way, I have prescriptions for both so I have ‘no pony in this race”, so to speak. I am not trying to educate anyone as I am certainly not qualified but anyone can google it and find out all they want to about it. These arguments, however, speak only to the fact that one must weigh issues before deciding whether to avail oneself of this plant. The law is another matter.
The criteria for making something legal or illegal takes into account many other factors, notwithstanding the health and welfare of its citizens. Hence tobacco ( a terrible scourge on society) and alcohol are legal in our society. We all know these both kill and do much damage to families, as well as cost our system millions of dollars in medical expenses treating cancers and broken bodies from drunk driving crashes. Yet they do bring in tax revenue for the government. I am not suggesting that they be made illegal unless that insured that they would no longer be used but they would and there would just be no revenue for the government coffers. So what we do know is that if marijuana were absolutely evil ( and I do not ascribe to this notion) and making it illegal meant that it would no longer be manufactured, sold, bought or used then this law would make sense. However that is just not the least bit realistic. What keeping it illegal would mean is that: 1) Just as many people would use it as currently do. 2) these people would be breaking the law and subject to silly fines and jail terms. 3) The government would be forfeiting huge revenue dollars to drug dealers, while shelling out money for upkeep of jailed users, legal aide lawyers and court costs. Does this make any sense to anybody? Our penal system should serve a productive purpose and that is to protect the citizens of our society. We need to have murderers, rapists, violent offenders, etc out of our midst but we need to realize that the government has a place in keeping our country from anarchy. It’s time to send a message that we can make some decisions for ourselves; decisions that have no bearing on others. We don’t need to be governed on every breath we draw and every move we make.some of it just isn’t that important and I am firmly on the side that marijuana is one of those things we can decide for ourselves.