Canada’s decision to legalize cannabis will lead to several problematic issues, believes Benjamin Anson of the Montreal Gazette. This move opens the door for the promotion and spread of cannabis use. Its effect can increase instances of impaired driving, workplace accidents and general health issues. Instead of protecting children, as some say, this decision will make it even easier for them to access cannabis. The illegal sale of the drugs will continue, avoiding taxes and regulations, and making them available to kids. Ways of detecting whether a driver is high are still unreliable. Canada should start by decriminalizing, not legalizing, cannabis.
The notion that Canada legalizing cannabis will endanger its children is wrong, asserts André Picard of The Globe and Mail. One study found that four years after Washington State legalized the drug, it found no increase in its use among tenth graders. Children that want to smoke cannabis can already access it through non-legal ways. Legalizing its sale has a minimal effect on their consumption of it. It also didn’t affect public health in general. Impaired driving levels also remained the same. The rhetoric coming from some parts that the legalization of cannabis will have an adverse effect on the health of Canada’s citizens and children is misinformed.