Essay On Cannabis Legalization

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Cannabis legalization was something of a myth 20 years ago, but as the world is adapting to and making cannabis legal is it not time for Canada to do so as well? According to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, a drug is considered to be a chemical substance that alters the structure or function of a living organism. In Canada it is an offence to posses one single cannabis cigarette(joint) and for a first-time summary conviction offence the punishment is a fine of up to $1000 and/or six months imprisonment. Cannabis has been an illegal drug since it was added to the Confidential Restricted list in 1923 under the Narcotics Drug Act Amendment Bill after a conference about a “new” drug in the House of Commons on April 23rd, 1923. Today cannabis …show more content…
Cannabis has been proven to have medicinal benefits for people with cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma. A recent WebMD survey 69% of doctors say that the drug can be helpful in the treatment of certain conditions. Also, 56% supported making cannabis legal nationwide.(Legalize Medical Marijuana, Doctors say in survey) In addition, anecdotal and observed evidence suggests that cannabis can alleviate symptoms of a number of chronic illnesses, also evidence suggest that it can be applied successfully by relieving chronic pain caused by cancer or multiple sclerosis. In addition since cannabis would be legal it would be much easier for people to obtain and use the substance for medical purposes. Furthermore, it was suggested that the smoking of cannabis caused lung cancer and a recent US study suggest that regular and heavy cannabis use does not cause cancer. Donald Tashkin from the University of California told the Washington Post that “What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.” (Why its time to legalize cannabis) to add to this there was another study comparing the lung function of cannabis smoker and tobacco smokers over 20 years. The study found that tobacco smokers lost their function, but cannabis smokers had the opposite effect, in fact, it increased their capacity, suggested by the study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Another example is

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