As the North American country moves towards liberalization of cannabis laws, Health Canada has compiled a list of factors the government should have in mind when making a decision.
Leave it to Canadians to always do things in the most rational way possible. The country known internationally for its level-headedness is again proving its wisdom by conducting a fact-based, consensual effort to legalize of marijuana for all adults. We know that because an official document describing the roadmap to legalization has just become public, with multiple key concerns clearly highlighted.
Canadian new Liberal government has expressed its intentions to go all the way several months ago, but a ministerial briefing drafted by the top federal health protection body Health Canada has just recently been . The document lists the main areas that bear significance in the process, ranging from impact of the decision on the number of marijuana users in the future to practical implications for law enforcement and health professionals. Experiences from other countries are also mentioned as an important source of insight, proving the country has chosen to take every meaningful piece of data into account and formulate a comprehensive plan.
While some portions of the text from the original document were omitted in the released version, there is no doubt that such level of transparency on a very debatable issue is unprecedented. Supportive voters now have a clear idea how the government intends to fulfill its electoral promises, while those who still have doubts regarding the measure can be reassured knowing that both sides of the equitation are being looked into. This approach could soon become a template for other countries to follow when contemplating a similar legislative change, especially if the planned legalization in Canada goes through without any major setbacks.
Of course, Canada was among the first countries to legalize medical marijuana in 2001 and is generally known to be among the least repressive countries in the world when it comes to cannabis tolerance. If the Liberal cabinet indeed pushes the plan through all administrative phases, it could also become a test case for legalization of recreational use. We are all eagerly awaiting new developments.
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