Legal Pot Revenue Could Reach $5B A Year
Since its discovery, Marijuana has been used as a recreational drug. Users believe that it does not have serious side effects like crack, cocaine and heroin. Presently, the only way to buy marijuana legally is to have a doctor's authorization and order through one of the 27 licensed producers - such as Canna Farms, Tweed and CanniMed. However obtaining doctor authorization is difficult and isn't the go to form of treatment for many medical problems such as glaucoma and cancer. Since obtaining it legally is time consuming students and other persons, result to purchasing easily obtainable illegal Marijuana from street dealers all around Canada. However the Canadian government is taking steps in the direction of legalization.
In the Canadian Press article written by Bruce Cheadle, "Legal Pot Revenue Could reach $5B a Year" informs readers of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau's intentions with the money that is earned by the sales of legal marijuana. The article specifies that all the revenues will be used to address mental health and addictions issues. "It was never about the money-maker, it was always about public health, public safety," said Trudeau. However with the legalization of marijuana come many steps. \
In another article, "While Canada waits for legalization, marijuana activists call for moratorium on arrests" written January 27th, 2016. John Conroy, a lawyer who specializes in Marijuana law, told interviewers that Ottawa could take one of two actions to minimize the number of people arrested for marijuana. First, "Conroy said, would be for the prime minister or the minister of justice to simply instruct the RCMP and municipal police forces across the country to "de-prioritize" cannabis. Conroy explained that this is, essentially, how the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has dealt with the issue for years now." And the second "would be for the federal government to amend that act to remove cannabis from its Schedule Two category of illicit substances"Conroy also suggests that the police and government use the second option as it would prevent eager officers from applying cannabis laws. Why drag more people through the criminal system when the laws are soon to be changed.
Again throughout the researching process the biggest found concern the public has with pot legalization seems to be the effects it will have on drivers. Mothers against Drunk Driving and other substance abuse prevention programs have shown particular concern and argue that stoned drivers can be just as dangerous as their drunken counterparts. The first step in the path to legalization will be to establish a provincial, territorial and federal task force to hear from public health, substance abuse and public safety experts. The federal government for example, must enforce criteria for driving under its influence. The same was done for the consumption of alcohol. It took years to establish a consensus on legal limits for blood-alcohol content. Legalizing pot will not mean the absence of laws surrounding pot. Rules and regulations will have to multiply, covering where and to whom the drug can be sold, how it will be taxed, where it can be used as well as what constitutes abuse. There are however long term effects that legalizing Marijuana will have on our country. Firstly, there would be fewer resources wasted. One of the most expensive campaigns is the war on drugs. As a class, videos have been watched teaching us how much effort and how much money is wasted into trying to bust people for pot. Imagine being able to spend all the money spent on busting people, on things like education, healthy foods, water and on and on. Furthermore there would be less drug related violence. States that have legalized cannabis have seen a consistent decrease in violence, the violence occurred because the plant is worth more than the people, thus more people are willing to kill each other to gain a profit. Additionally our country will have stronger economies after legalizing Marijuana. In Colorado, just two dispensaries create 280 jobs with an average paycheck of $17/hr. and generate $30 million of total economic activity. And in addition the Netherlands makes about $3.2 billion every year, which in turn means the Dutch government pulls in more