Legalization of Cannabis: Impact on Canadian Health care System, Decrease…
Legalization of Cannabis: Impact on Canadian Health care System
Cannabis is used by a big portion of Canadian population
Statistic Canada on number of Canadians from different age groups using cannabis before legalization
Chemistry of cannabis: THC and CBD
THC potency and intoxication
CBD effect and medicinal qualities
Reasons for legalization
economic reasons: implement high taxes on cannabis products. Also decrease burden on police force which leads to decrease resources spent on criminalizing cannabis use.
protect adolescents and limit access
keep more people out of legal system
reduce burden on law enforcement
control sale and possession of cannabis
decrease the power of black market
create more jobs in growing and selling legal cannabis. and jobs in counselling and education
Positive impact of legalization
government impose high taxes on cannabis
jobs in the grow-ops and sale of cannabis
jobs in education and health promotion about safe use of cannabis
Negative Impact on health care system
High potency of THC can increase chance of addiction
THC affects neurotransmission in the brain
Legalization cause increased use among young adults for various reasons:
removing stigma associated with cannabis use, more people want to try it
During quarantine, sale of cannabis from legal distributors online increases by 600%. one third of which were first time costumers
Regulars users will use more because they now have easier, more legal access
Legalization vs. invitation: People who never tried it before because it was illegal will try it now
Studies show concern that pregnant mothers will think it is safe to use cannabis to treat symptoms of morning sickness.
use of cannabis during pregnancy with expose fetus to THC and affect brain development of fetus.
use reference of health effects of cannabis exposure in pregnancy and breastfeeding. publichealthontario.ca
Cannabis use by parents can cause epigenetic changes that will be passed on to offspring.
Refer to study on rats and offspring more aggressive in seeking heroin
steps to take to overcome the negative effect of legalization on healthcare system
increase awareness in elementary schools and high schools to prevent early use of cannabis
increase awareness among pregnant mothers about the risk of using cannabis on brain development o fetus.
control advertisement to cannabis products and apply same laws as on tobacco and alcohol
control potency of cannabis grown by legal distributors
Teach children and teenagers early in life to deal with stress and express themselves in a healthy way so they will not resort to experiment with cannabis or other drugs in the face or stressful life events.
Decrease adolescence and youth access to marijuana
statistic Canada reported decrease use among teenagers
delay onset of cannabis use which is associated with developing psychoses and schizophrenia later in life
diminish the power of black market
decrease risk of illegal sale of cannabis that is laced with heroin or fentynel