Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

744 Words Oct 20th, 2014 3 Pages
The legalization of marijuana has been a frequently debated topic all over the world with many countries legalizing marijuana usage. However, marijuana use and cultivation is illegal in Canada, except for patients who can use medicinal marijuana if they are approved under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (Health Canada, 2014). The risk of marijuana legalization to adolescents is more than it is a risk to adults, even if the legalization comes with an age limit like Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) suggests (CAMH, 2014). In fact, the legalization of marijuana would allow the drug to be more accessible to adolescents which would not only have detrimental effects on the health of teenagers, but their future important life outcomes as well. Therefore, Marijuana should not be legalized.
Primarily, legalization of marijuana could allow a greater availability of marijuana to teenagers and more exposure from adults could increase the likelihood of youth smoking marijuana. The legalization of marijuana for adults could make teenagers perceive marijuana as a less harmful drug. CAMH suggests that marijuana education should be given especially to teenagers to curb marijuana usage among youth. However, even though alcohol is legalized in Canada for adults, and countless youth health awareness and education about alcohol has been given in schools and throughout media, alcohol remains the most used substance by Canadian youth (CSSA, 2013). Essentially, the…

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