Cannabis legalization in Canada

Whether you’re a canuck or not, chances are that you heard about the legalization of marijuana occurring on Oct. 17 in Canada.

If you weren’t aware, I highly recommend looking at the hashtag #legalizationday on Twitter. It’s both informative and hilarious.

It’s hard to believe that something that has been so stigmatized and frowned upon for so long is now legal in the country. Based on the posts I was seeing on social media in the days leading up to the legalization, as well as articles discussing the supposed doomsday to occur following legalization, some people were pumped, and others were pissed, to be blunt.

Personally, I am indifferent. If anything, I support it being legalized, because so long as it is used responsibly, there is nothing wrong with it, aside from it being pretty dank smelling. It gets to me after a while.

A lot of concern has developed toward people who drive while under the influence of marijuana, and naturally, I understand why.

However, driving high is illegal. Cannabis use, in designated areas, is legal, but operating a vehicle under its influence is 100 per cent illegal.

You could propose the same argument about alcohol, and the countless situations in which innocent people are seriously injured and killed by drunk drivers. Alcohol consumption is not illegal. Driving under its influence is.

So long as people respect others in their use of the Devil’s lettuce, I fail to perceive it as something that warrants my concern. I do believe the police need to develop some sort of device, similar to a breathalyzer, that can detect when someone is high, though.

If you smoke pot, good for you. If you don’t, good for you. It really makes no difference in the long run.

In the words of Bob Marley, every little thing is going to be alright.

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