they are called “Tangerine Dream”, “Great White Shark” or “Banana Split” – many marijuana varieties with imaginative names stack up in the shelves of one of the first legal Cannabis shops in Montreal, Canada. The Shop is state-led and offers more than a hundred different Cannabis products, including Oils, pills, and ready rolled Joints.
As the first large industrial nation, Canada has legalized on Wednesday the sale of Cannabis completely. Canadian citizens 18 years and older – in some States the age limit is 19 years – it is allowed in the future to buy via mail order or in authorized shops, a gram of hashish for about ten canadian dollars (4,30 Euro). The personal possession is limited to 30 grams. To is medical purposes of Cannabis in Canada since 2001.
in the night of Wednesday, long queues formed in front of the few outlets in the country. Canada is one of the countries with the highest Per-capita consumption of marijuana in the world. The government estimates that its citizens consumed approximately 773 tonnes of Cannabis and paid for about 5.5 billion canadian dollars – so far, illegal and untaxed.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned personally for the legalization. He wants to put not only the criminal drug trafficking, it has a bar, but also the production, distribution and consumption of the product to regulate. Adults could consume the drug is now safe, at the same time, young people would be protected with the new System better.
Doctors oppose the legalisation from
in addition to great joy among Cannabis Fans, the decision also triggered criticism. The canadian medical Association CMA had referred to the legislation as a “country-wide, uncontrolled Experiment”. The German medical Profession opposes legalization of Cannabis in Canada strictly. The consumption for medical purposes was in this country allowed until March 2017.
With a General approval of the health hazards of cannabis use would be belittled and preventative efforts thwarted, said Josef Mischo, member of the Board of the Federal chamber of physicians of the “New osnabrück newspaper”. In addition, an increase in consumer and medical treatment needs threatened. Of particular concern is that in States that have approved Cannabis, the number of young consumers has increased, too.
As the health risks of the consumption Mischo called, in particular, “limitations of memory, attention and psychomotor performance”. In addition, brain structural changes could be observed””. In addition, scientific studies showed a significant increase in the risk for psychotic disorders and the development of a cannabis-related dependence syndrome, said Mischo. Serious is the under use of cannabis significantly increased traffic accident risk was also.
the FDP and the greens for the legalization in Germany
in Contrast, the FDP, reiterated its call for a legalization of Cannabis. A controlled sale in the licensed stores or pharmacies contactors consumer before first contact with hard drugs and strength the protection of minors, since black market Dealer has not asked for the age of their customers, said the Vice-FDP Federal Chairman Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann. It is time to decriminalize the users and to relieve the police and the courts. The expected tax revenue would have to be invested in youth protection and prevention, called for you.
Also, the Green politician Cem Ozdemir criticized the current drug policy of the government coalition. The black-and-red prohibition policy on Cannabis has failed, “crashing down,” he told the Berliner “Tagesspiegel”. “The black market is flourishing, there is neither a functioning youth health protection.”
The example of Canada to show that the legalization of Cannabis-whether consumption for adults the right way, said Özdemir. The coalition government should stop the “paternalism of the citizens”, and finally for an effective protection of the youth.
The British Internet newspaper “The Independent” commented, legalization is not a Synonym for free access for all. Alcohol, tobacco and other potentially harmful food, beverages and tobacco are already legal, your sale but strictly regulated, the contents clearly identified, and the purity and strength tested. Would procedures with Cannabis similar to, would consumer a much clearer idea of what you consume.
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