Marijuana: “The Cannabis Act” – C-45

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Recent MY Canada National Updates On This Topic:

July 19th, 2017 – The Push Towards Legalizing Marijuana In Canada – C-45

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Overview:

As promised during the 2015 election campaign, the Liberal government has introduced a bill to legalize marijuana in Canada with Bill C-45, the “Cannabis Act.” A nation-wide system for marijuana regulation is expected to be put in place no later than July 1st, 2018.

Bill C-45 passed through the House of Commons on November 27th, 2017 and moved to the Senate. (Click here to find out how your MP voted on this bill). 

Under Bill C-45, Canada would be the first G7 country to legalize cannabis for recreational use state-wide.

This decision will transform a mind-altering substance from being illegal to legal and will significantly impact the social fabric of our nation. The legalization of marijuana will have significant impact on many spheres of life in Canada and its increased availability and social acceptance will translate to an increased number of young users.

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The Problem with Cannabis:

Cannabis use has many proven physical and mental effects of concern.

Reports have shown:

▪ Levels of THC (mind-altering chemical) in contemporary marijuana is several times higher than it once was.
▪ Prenatal cannabis exposure is associated with fetal growth restriction and learning disabilities.
▪ Significant health impacts on youth, including irreversible brain damage.
▪ Marijuana smokers have an increased risk of cancer and lung disease.
▪ Cannabis use can result in psychotic episodes characterized by paranoia, delusions, hallucinations.
▪ Frequent cannabis use has been associated with an increased risk of suicide, depression, anxiety disorders.
▪ The THC in cannabis can impair ability to drive safely.

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The Problems with Bill C-45:

Simply put, legalizing marijuana gives the message that therapeutic use of mind-alternating drugs is acceptable.

In C-45, the government is being accused of passing on the bulk of the real decision-making to the provinces, such as how the bill will affect driving under the influence laws or marijuana use in public/private spaces such as restaurants, etc.

Also, and perhaps of greatest concern, the bill’s recommended minimum age is 18 whereas multiple experts have suggested the minimum age of 25.  For example, The Canadian Medical Association is against legalizing pot and has suggested the minimum age of purchase of 21. Considering the evidence of irreversible brain damage demonstrated in those using marijuana under the age of 25, this is simply irresponsible.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has said that under Bill C-45, “young people can’t buy it, they can’t grow it”. However, the bill would allow youth between the ages of 12-18 to carry up to five grams.

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Related Articles:

Sept. 15th, 2017 – Regina Leader-Post – Kids will be able to possess weed under federal marijuana legislation

Sept. 12th, 2017 – Maclean’s – Police ask government to postpone pot legalization

Sept. 8th, 2017 – CBS – Ontario unveils pot plan, including online ordering, 150 stand-alone stores

May 29th, 2017 – Ottawa Citizen – Quebecers break ranks with Canada, and oppose legal weed: poll

Apr. 30th, 2017 – Medicalxpress.com – One in six children hospitalized for lung inflammation positive for marijuana exposure

Apr. 13th, 2017 – Sussex Strategy Group – The Cannabis Act: What you need to know

Apr. 13th, 2017 – CTV News – Liberals introduce legislation to legalize marijuana by July 2018

Jul. 23rd, 2013 – Daily Mail – Teenagers who smoke cannabis damage their brains for LIFE and may be more likely to develop schizophrenia

Government of Canada – Health Effects of Cannabis

MarijuanaLaws.ca – The Cannabis Act – BILL C-45: Questions and Answers

Senator Betty Unger – The Top 10 Myths about Marijuana

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What You Can Do:

1) PRAY:

Please join us, firstly, in praying that bill C-45 and the legalization of cannabis would be delayed. Please pray that many MPs would disagree with the minimum recommended age and that this age would be increased to the suggested 25 years. Please pray against addiction affecting so many Canadians and especially our youth. Let’s pray for a spirit of revival that would bring real freedom to all those in bondage to addiction to mind-altering substances.

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2) SIGN THE PETITION:

Member of Parliament and Conservative Party leadership candidate, Brad Trost, has sponsored an online petition opposing bill C-45 and the legalization of marijuana.

Please sign the petition by clicking here and please be sure to share the petition with your social network.

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3) SEND AN E-MAIL TO YOUR MP:

It is important that we e-mail our Members of Parliament to let them know we oppose legalizing marijuana and asking them to go further than Bill C-45 to protect Canadian youth from the harmful effects, and also to ensure that all Canadians are permitted to have roads and highways that are free from impaired drivers as well as clean breathing air in public spaces.

Please click here to find your MP by postal code.
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Please also copy the following people in your e-mail:

* Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Min. of Justice: [mcu@justice.gc.ca](mailto:mcu@justice.gc.ca) // [Jody.Wilson-Raybould@parl.gc.ca]

* Hon. Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, Min. of Health: [Ginette.PetitpasTaylor@parl.gc.ca]

* Senator Betty Unger: [betty.unger@sen.parl.gc.ca]

* The Senate. Click here to find Senator’s e-mail address.

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Other Organizations Working on this Issue:

Senator Betty Unger