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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2016

Legalizing marijuana will harm young people

OTTAWA – Senator Betty Unger today commented on the release of the final report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, expressing her deep concern over the government’s intention to legalize marijuana.

“It is extremely unfortunate that the government did not allow the Task Force to investigate whether marijuana should be legalized,” Senator Unger said. “We are clearly headed in the wrong direction and our young people will be the most victimized due to the damage that marijuana causes to a young person’s brain development.”

Senator Unger noted that Canadian youth are already the top users of marijuana in the world.[1] Legalizing the recreational use of marijuana will send a powerful message to Canadian youth that the risks are minimal.

“The Prime Minister has repeatedly stated his belief that by legalizing marijuana we can effectively keep it out of the hands of our youth.  He is wrong. The evidence overwhelmingly tells us that legalizing marijuana will result in increased usage – even amongst young people.”

Senator Unger pointed to the experience in the United States which has shown that marijuana use by adolescents had grown steadily as more states enact decriminalization laws. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more America teenagers now smoke marijuana than cigarettes.[2]

“The health impacts of marijuana are worse than tobacco[3] [4] and yet the Minister of Health, whose department is responsible for helping the people of Canada maintain and improve their health, is leading the charge on this dreadful policy,” Senator Unger stated. “I’m appalled that our nation is moving in this direction.”
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For more information:
Office of Senator Betty Unger:  613-996-7420
betty.unger@sen.parl.gc.ca  www.BettyUnger.ca

 

A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada

http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/task-force-marijuana-groupe-etude/framework-cadre/index-eng.php

4 Comments

  • Wayne Lo

    It is extremely unfortunate that the government did not allow the Task Force to investigate whether marijuana should be legalized, This current federal government is clearly headed in the wrong direction and our young people will be the most victimized due to the damage that marijuana causes to a young person’s brain development.”

    Senator Unger noted that Canadian youth are already the top users of marijuana in the world..
    Legalizing the recreational use of marijuana will send a powerful message to Canadian youth that the risks are minimal.

    THE FEDERAL GOVT.SHOULD NOT LEGALIZE IT, AND NOT TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO ANYONE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE AT ALL.

    • parentsheart

      “Dried cannabis is not appropriate for patients who are under the age of 25.” ~ The College of Family Physicians of Canada
      “Researchers also found that one in six teenagers and one in ten adults who regularly smoke cannabis become dependent on it. Teenagers who use the drug are also more likely to drop out of school and develop psychotic disorders and cognitive impairment.” ~ Professor Wayne Hall, an adviser to the World Health Organisation (WHO)

  • Dilys Cheong

    The Government should immediately STOP doing anything to legalize marijuana ! Marijuana SHOULD NOT BE LEGALIZED !Any sensible person with a conscience would know the disastrous harm to the country if it is legalized: health hazarded, families broken and crimes increased. For those people who advocate legalizing marijuana because of their intention to make money out of it,” SHAME ON YOU”, it is absolutely IMMORAL !
    Not only the people who take it are hazarding their own health, but also their families and the entire society. Our already insufficient medical resources will become even more depleted.
    To solve the drug addition issue, the Government should offer assistance for the drug addicts to get rid of the drugs, but NOT setting up more injection houses. Above all, marijuana should not be legalized, otherwise it will encourage more people to take drugs, especially the vulnerable youths who is now subject to the misleading message through the media about marijuana.

  • Irene Yeung

    I strongly object the move of legalising marijuana, as it will mislead the teens and youths to accept that it is ok to take drugs. Yet, we all know that it will damage their health, both mentally and physically. Please help to save the young generations and prevent them going into this road of disaster by opposing the legalization of marijuana.

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