Canada’s Cannabis Act Allows 18 and Older to Use CannabisGoogle
Canada’s Cannabis Act is being deeper into the implementation process. Part of the Cannabis Act will allow anyone 18 years of age or older to use cannabis.
This is different from the U.S, where legalized use of cannabis only allows people aged 21 years or older to consume cannabis.
A task force in charge of drug research has said it continues to loosen its access to marijuana. As well as its criminal profits when selling it, as a reason to legalize weeds.
“Possession of small amounts of cannabis would no longer be a criminal offense and would prevent profits from going into the pockets of criminal organizations and street gangs”. The task force said in a statement announcing the proposed bill in April.
Canada’s Cannabis Act explicitly requires stringent regulations for youth.
It stipulates that no one can sell or provide marijuana to anyone under the age of 18. And if one finds out, they may receive a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.
Additionally, in order to prevent youth from using cannabis, the Act would also prohibit products, packaging, or labeling that are appealing to youth. And selling cannabis through self-service displays or vending machines, or promoting/advertising cannabis
Although there are strict rules, there are still conflicting opinions on the age of adolescents. Those who can consume marijuana, especially if it is for recreational purposes (rather than medical)?
According to Paste, Senator Jonathan Singer of Colorado wants to see his age drop to 18. Singer says “If you are old enough to go to war then you should be old enough to be trusted to use a recreational substance.”
However, in 2016, Ottawa’s public health agency recommends that if legal marijuana is legal, the minimum age is 25. Because the brain does not fully mature until the mid-twenties.
The push and pull from both sides could be quelled by the outcome of the studies and tests currently being performed by Canada’s task force. And maybe nationwide legalization will tack on their “Why I should move to Canada”.