Lo­cals ex­press views on le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis

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The le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis of­fi­cially took ef­fect on Oc­to­ber 17 and the news has been a talk­ing point for many con­ver­sa­tions, par­tic­u­larly, be­cause Moose Jaw is one of the cities in the province that will have two stores pro­vid­ing the well talked about prod­uct.

The Ex­press caught up with some lo­cals, who ex­pressed their views on the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis across Canada. While many per­sons (some of whom did not want to be named) say they do not have a prob­lem with this move, some urged peo­ple to be cau­tious, as with other prod­ucts such as al­co­hol.

Here are some of the views ex­pressed by some lo­cals:

“I’m not against it at all. I think there is way too much hype around it right now be­cause there are ma­jor cor­po­ra­tions in­vest­ing and they don’t know how much they’ll get out of it. I think after a while, the hype around it will die down. I don’t see a prob­lem with it even though I think it wasn’t rolled out prop­erly. ”—Dan

“I’m not against it. I am all for it for medic­i­nal rea­sons if it’s go­ing to help peo­ple with pain man­age­ment. Once it’s help­ful, I don’t see any rea­sons why not.”—Anony­mous “Per­son­ally, I have no prob­lem with the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis. If peo­ple are go­ing to use it, they might as well be able to get it legally. I know that the cannabis that is avail­able to­day is far more po­tent than it used to be years ago. When I smoked pot in the 70s, we just got the reg­u­lar strengths and it was en­joy­able but now peo­ple who want the hy­brid strengths, I hear they are very po­tent so for first-time users, it wouldn’t be a good idea for them to try it. Per­son­ally, I’m not smok­ing it to­day be­cause of re­li­gious rea­sons and it’s some­thing that I pre­fer not to be in­volved with as a re­sult. But, I don’t have a prob­lem with it be­com­ing le­gal.”—Linda “I think it’s a good thing. I think it’s go­ing to keep it out of the un­der­ground so that peo­ple who are not sup­posed to profit it from it won’t. I think it’s a good idea be­cause there are lots of peo­ple who use it for medic­i­nal rea­sons like pain man­age­ment and dif­fer­ent skin con­di­tions. There are all sorts of ben­e­fits that can come from it based on good re­search. I know peo­ple who’ve got med­i­cal li­cense to use it be­cause it does help them, so I think it’s a good idea and I hope this will keep it out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have it. There is lots more hurt­ful stuff out there than mar­i­juana.”—Anony­mous

On the other hand, some per­sons are con­cerned about the ef­fects it may have on some peo­ple. Some ex­pressed cau­tion es­pe­cially for some groups like youth and preg­nant women.

“It is le­gal, but it doesn’t mean that it is ok to do in cer­tain si­t­u­a­tions like preg­nancy. Zero amount is a safe amount so now that it is ac­cept­able, doesn’t mean that ev­ery­one is sup­posed to use it, es­pe­cially for those at risk. Per­sons should ex­er­cise some amount of cau­tion and be aware.”—San­dra

“The So­ci­ety of Ob­ste­tri­cians and Gy­ne­col­o­gists across Canada, CanFASD Re­search Net­work and Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Sub­stance Abuse and the Preven­tion In­sti­tute, all rec­om­mend that cannabis must not be used in preg­nancy. There is no proven safe amount for an un­born baby and it is health­ier for mom and baby to not be us­ing this sub­stance dur­ing preg­nancy. There are re­sources that per­sons can ac­cess for more in­for­ma­tion and guide­lines as this change takes place for prov­inces. One of them is the Cen­ter for Ad­dic­tions and Men­tal Health’s ‘Guide to cannabis le­gal­iza­tion’ which was re­cently pub­lished. You can find more in­for­ma­tion at www.cmha.ca ”—Mar­lene Dray, Saskatchewan Preven­tion In­sti­tute.

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