Canada Could Lower Age Limit for Legal Marijuana

Canada Could Lower Age Limit for Legal Marijuana

Canada Could Lower Age Limit for Legal Marijuana

Canada may move to legalize marijuana nationwide may be setting the minimum age for use at 18 anni, that is 3 years lower than in US states that have voted in legalization. This is a very controversial a move that is being closely watched by lawmakers.

Advocates for the measure, expected to pass Parliament next year, say putting the limit at 21 would encourage a black market and drive youths into the hands of criminals.

“Taking this business away from them I think is an obligation,” said former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to Canada’s justice minister and the man in charge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to legalize.

The task force that drafted the measure reported that experts said “that setting the minimum age too high risked preserving the illicit market, particularly since the highest rates of use are in the 18 to 24 age range.”

But health experts are worried that the provision will encourage use of a substance that can have long-term consequences on still-maturing brains.

“Our recommendation is still to postpone as old as possible, ideally after 25,” said Dr. Granger Avery, President of Canadian Medical Association, which proposed setting the age at 21 only after it became clear that the government wanted it at 18.

Legalization will inevitably lead more young people to smoke marijuana in the mistaken belief that it isn’t harmful, said Christina Grant, a professor of pediatrics at McMaster University in Ontario. “One in seven youths who have used cannabis will develop an addiction to cannabis and that impacts your life, schooling, job prospects, social and emotional relationships,” she said.

The legislation introduced last month would make Canada the second country to have nationwide legalization, after Uruguay, which also set the minimum age at 18.

8 US states and Washington DC have legalized marijuana, but users there must be at least 21 years of age.

Colorado State Rep. Jonathan Singer, whose state became the 1st to legalize recreational marijuana in Y 2012, said it too should lower the age to 18 in order to stamp out the lingering black market.

“If you are old enough to go to war then you should be old enough to be trusted to use a recreational substance,” Mr. Singer said.

US teens have long crossed the border into the province of Quebec, where the drinking age is 18, and some say a lower recreational marijuana age allowance in Canada could mean an influx of pot tourism among young Americans.

Canadian youth already have higher rates of cannabis use than their peers worldwide, with 21% of those aged 15-19 reporting they consumed cannabis and 30% of those aged 20-24, according to government figures.

The Canadian legislation would give each of the 10 provinces power to set the minimum age, with at least Quebec, Alberta and Manitoba likely to choose the younger option of 18 to match the drinking age. The drinking age is 19 in the other provinces. Anyone caught selling or providing pot to someone under the age of 18 could face up to 14 years in prison.

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has said “no product is without risk” and noted tobacco and alcohol are legal although both pose serious health risks.

“Just because a product is legal it does not mean it is advisable or recommended to use that product,” Minister Philpott said.

David Hammond, a professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at University of Waterloo, said the government will have to do more to educate young people on the health risks. Anyone arguing for pot age restrictions until 25 should be doing the same for alcohol and tobacco, he said.

“It will be hard to argue that legalizing won’t normalize it to some extent,” he said. “You are loosening the restrictions.”

Have a terrific weekend.

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2 Responses to "Canada Could Lower Age Limit for Legal Marijuana"

  1. Pamela Mccoll   May 22, 2017 at 11:56 am

    The Canadian Cannabis Bill article 8 allows for Canadians age 12 and up to legally possess 5 grams of marijuana, it allows for 18 year olds and up to possess and purchase up to 30 grams and Canadians to grow plants in their homes. It violates three international treaties as well as The Rights of the Child Treaty – the most ratified piece of human rights legislation on the planet with all but three countries as signators.
    Making marijuana legal just changes the status the seller, abracadbra the illicit trade become the merchant class – the black market will continue to masquerade amongst the legal sellers, going after young kids, selling more potent product.
    The bill is a reckless piece of legislation. Perhaps the worst of many comments in this article by the pushers of pot is the one by the USA Representative who says if you can serve in the army you should be able to use a legal product – this is normalization at its worst. If you do not know that marijuana risks reproductive health, increases risk of sterility, dna damage that is generational, sperm morphology, testicular cancer and a long list of side effects that render this drug not safe for human consumption it is negligent for a government to legalize and back the promoters and sellers – under the guise of making an attempt to reduce rates of use by youth. No one in Canada believes this plan solve the problem of high rates of use by youth and this is the wrong plan at the wrong time, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada – stay tuned we will see this government and the Canadian taxpayer pay for the massive damages headed their way.

    • Paul Ebeling   May 24, 2017 at 7:56 am



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