.MY Canada National Updates On This Topic:
April 18th, 2018 – Update on Marijuana Legislation // At Committee Stage In Senate
February 28th, 2018 – A Call to Action on Bill C-45 (Legalization of Marijuana) // Senate to Vote in June
July 19th, 2017 – The Push Towards Legalizing Marijuana In Canada – C-45
(April 18th, 2018): C-45 is currently in the Senate before the Standing Committee on Social Affairs which is chaired by Senator Art Egglington.
Current Recommended Action Points:
1) Contact Senators on the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, focus on Independent and Liberal Senators and ask them to make amendments to the bill.
2) Contact all Senators (especially Independent and Liberal) to ask them to vote against C-45 when it comes back to the floor of the Senate for the final readings and votes. Click here for a full list of Senator e-mails. // Please click here to find your provincial Senators.
Please also copy the following people in your e-mail:
* Senator Betty Unger: [firstname.lastname@example.org]
3) Contact your MPP or MLA to ask them to regulate marijuana with caution should it pass to law by the Parliament of Canada.
4) Contact your Member of Parliament to ask them to vote against C-45
Please click here to find your MP by postal code.
5) PRAY: Please join us in praying that bill C-45 and the legalization of cannabis would be delayed. Please pray that many MPs and Senators 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.
Overview of the Bill:
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 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.
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.
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. 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.
Marijuana and Bill C-45 on The Faytene Show:
The topic of marijuana and its legalization was recently explored when Faytene Grasseschi interviewed the University of Toronto’s Dr. Harold Kalant on her show. Please click below to watch the episode and learn more about where Canada stands on this issue.
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
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 – 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
Senator Betty Unger – The Top 10 Myths about Marijuana