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What Cana­di­ans from around the re­gion think about le­gal­iza­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when some­one says “mar­i­juana?”

Bella Me­lan­son, Hol­land Col­lege stu­dent study­ing med­i­cal sports ser­vices Medic­i­nal. I think it can be a re­ally good thing as long as peo­ple ed­u­cate them­selves. It can be used for fun, but there are a lot of med­i­cal ways to use it. It has be­come very sci­en­tific with CBD (cannabid­iol) and THC (tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol) and the dif­fer­ent lev­els. CBD af­fects the body, THC is more of a high. There are so many ways to in­gest it now and it makes it eas­ier for older peo­ple who are de­vel­op­ing can­cer who aren’t com­fort­able smok­ing. It is go­ing to be a process; there’s still go­ing to be a lot of peo­ple sell­ing il­le­gally and I don’t know if that will ever stop.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when some­one says “mar­i­juana?”

Pamela Sch­nei­der, Sackville, N.B. So­ci­ety is be­com­ing more com­pla­cent, to­tally un­aware of the ac­tual dan­gers or de­fi­cien­cies, just hav­ing the at­ti­tude that if it is le­gal­ized it must be OK. Just look at the ef­fects smok­ing mar­i­juana has had on in­fants. And mothers that used mar­i­juana while preg­nant for nau­sea. It is a de­pres­sant drug. And ev­ery day we hear of more teen sui­cides due to de­pres­sion. So we le­gal­ize an ad­dict­ing drug to help our most in­flu­en­tial group — teens — whom then use with­out think­ing of long-term neg­a­tive ef­fects, such as fe­tal al­co­hol syn­drome. Yes, mar­i­juana may have some med­i­cal ben­e­fits, but does the help it may give some out­weigh the costs of the nu­mer­ous lives it will detri­men­tally af­fect?

How will mar­i­juana af­fect the dress­ing room?

Pierre Ar­se­nault, di­rec­tor of ath­let­ics at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity Even af­ter the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis this month, it will re­main on the World An­ti­dop­ing Agency’s banned sub­stance list be­cause of pos­si­ble per­for­mance ef­fects it can have. As a re­sult, we are work­ing hard with our stu­dent-ath­letes to have them un­der­stand that cannabis is still a banned sub­stance and by us­ing cannabis they are at risk for a dop­ing vi­o­la­tion. Also, as a par­ent I have con­cerns for the mes­sage we are send­ing our youth with the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis. For all aspiring young ath­letes I hope they take the time to un­der­stand the harm­ful ef­fects on their devel­op­ment that cannabis use can cause.

Does the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of cannabis sig­nal a wa­ter­shed mo­ment in Cana­dian busi­ness?

Shawn King, chief cre­ative of­fi­cer, Arrivals and De­par­tures and host of Turn­ing a New Leaf pod­cast I’d have to say, I think it is, yes. Some might ar­gue that it’s too soon to say, given that at least ini­tially there is no real clear line of sight in terms of tax rev­enue or how any po­ten­tial new rev­enue would be used. Hav­ing said that, it’s hard to ar­gue with the eco­nomic im­pact we’ve al­ready seen. The sub­stan­tial cre­ation of jobs all over the coun­try is just one in­di­ca­tion, not to men­tion the in­vest­ments put into the in­dus­try, even from al­ready ex­ist­ing ones such as al­co­hol. I think in a few years we’ll re­ally see the po­ten­tial of the im­pact from this brand new in­dus­try. Once the ad­mit­tedly cau­tious reg­u­la­tions are ad­justed to ac­com­mo­date the re­al­ity, we’ll see the in­tro­duc­tion of pri­vate sec­tor, craft grow­ing, prod­uct in­no­va­tion and pe­riph­eral busi­nesses that will be cre­ated as a re­sult.

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