Isabella’s Trudeau? More like Trudaddy
Throughout the past few years, more and more talk of legalizing recreational marijuana has surfaced in Canada due to the relatively recent change in the federal government. Our current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has stated on various occasions his support for legalization, and with the Liberal majority backing him, it appears legalization is going to become a reality for Canada sooner than later.
“I’m actually not in favour of decriminalizing cannabis, I’m in favour of legalizing it. The current war on drugs, the current model, is not working.” – Justin Trudeau
Premise 1: Marijuana is less addictive and/or harmful than other legal “drugs” such as tobacco and alcohol.
Premise 2: Legalization would lessen Canada’s financial burden and boost the economy.
Premise 3: Legalizing marijuana would help combat the organized crime that has developed with the current day war against drugs.
Conclusion: It would be beneficial for Canada to legalize marijuana.
Premise 1: Is as far as we know, factual true. Through the use of statistics research has shown that 33% tobacco users become addicted, 15% of alcohol users, while a mere 9% of cannabis users become addicted and that number halves itself if marijuana is first tried after age 18.
Premise 2: This premise could be proven and easily seen as true. Most estimates say that the cannabis industry in BC alone would generate anywhere upwards of $24 billion dollars a year. Looking at examples of places where marijuana is legal, Colorado has generated so much tax revenue off of marijuana, they have exceeded their legal tax revenue allowance and have to start giving back some of the tax money they have originally collected. If legalized in Canada the overall Canada also has around 600,000 citizens that have been prosecuted for personal marijuana use, plus an estimated 30,000 arrests made every year. The Auditor General’s report states that costs $500 million a year for drug enforcement laws and roughly another $500 million a year for legal fees. Not to mention the $50,000 dollars per year for every imprisoned convict. So that’s is about $1.5 billion dollars a year just to prosecute and enforce modern day drug laws.
Premise 3: Easy to believe as true. If legalized, marijuana would become harder for criminals to get their hands on plus create regulations that help precent the lacing of other drugs in marijuana. The current day methods of buying/selling drugs (like marijuana), is unsafe and unregulated. Due to the recent spike in fentanyl overdoses across Canada, it is inferred that more and more street drugs such as cannabis are being laced with more addictive and harmful drugs like fentanyl. The legalization of marijuana would basically regulate marijuana and make sure the cannabis being sold is up to the standard and quality that would be legally required.
The high demand for marijuana in Canada has resulted in the expansion of the black market and puts the power in the hands of illegal drug dealers to be the sole providers of the product with no accountability.
This argument is valid due to the fact that all three premises are true and they lead to the true conclusion.
This argument is both true and valid meaning it is a sound argument.
This argument has been around for a few years in the political scene with Washington and Colorado legalizing the use of recreational marijuana back in November 2012., but things really took off for this debate in Canada surrounding the previous federal elections. The argument for or against decriminalizing and/or legalizing marijuana was used in various campaign platforms. The Conservative party stated they wanted to become harsher with the drug enforcement laws(Catering to the Turpin’s and Milliard’s), whilst the NDP party stated they promised to decriminalize cannabis, and the Liberal party declared they would legalize marijuana if elected. This more directly pinned the Liberals against the Conservatives in this aspect of debate and caused quite a few factual spats during federal election debates with their very opposing views on legalization. These debates caused a spark in communal discussions either for or against the legalization of cannabis, with both sides of the debate questioning the social implications legalization would have or not have. Most of the points for legalizing marijuana include the above arguments, whilst the opposed talked about possible health issues and the use of marijuana by minors. Throughout Canada discussions about legalization have sparked some controversy within the country, but an estimated majority of about 70% of Canadians support the legalization of cannabis and/or the idea of it.