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Bill to Legalize Marijuana in Canada to Be Officially Unveiled This Thursday

In just a couple days the government in Canada will reveal plans to legalize marijuana, with the goal of having a marijuana law in place by July 1, 2018, CBC.CA reports. The new law will include penalties for selling cannabis to minors and for driving under the influence of the drug, along with funding for public awareness campaigns and rules on how the products can be marketed. The government even has a special saliva test ready that can be used roadside, similar to an alcohol test.

While it remains to be seen whether we’ll have U.S. citizens traveling en masse to Canada to get their hands on legal pot once it becomes available there, I continue to advocate legalization of medical marijuana in the states.

Today, the majority of Americans support cannabis either as a medicine, for recreational use or both, and a 2013 survey found a majority of physicians — 76 percent — approve of the use of medical marijuana. Unfortunately, the concept of cannabis as a medicine has been overshadowed by the demonization of its recreational use, with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) continuing to list not only marijuana, but its oil (CBD), as Schedule 1 drugs alongside heroine, LSD and ecstasy.

The truth is modern research has shown time and again that marijuana’s medicinal properties are real. It can treat insomnia, menstrual cramps, nausea, muscle spasms and even depression, as well as cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and Tourette's syndrome, and as a host of other diseases. In light of Canada’s latest move, it’s time for the U.S. to move into the current century and deal with this issue in a more realistic manner, so that those who want to use it as medicine, can.
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