Could legalization of cannabis reduce crime in your community?
A 2017 study found that certain crimes were reduced in Washington following the legalization of recreational marijuana. The study also found evidence that legalization reduced the use of other drugs, as well as both ordinary and binge alcohol consumption. Another study, from 2014, looked at the relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana in the U.S. and crime rates, and concluded that legalization did not result in an increase in crime. Instead, the study found, legalization “…may be correlated with a reduction in homicide and assault rates…”
Does all cannabis make you feel high?
The cannabis plant contains naturally occurring chemical compounds called cannabinoids, which interact with our bodies in different ways. Two of the primary cannabinoids are THC, which produces a high, and CBD, which does not. Cannabis products that contain CBD and are very low in THC produce little or no high.
Why was cannabis ever illegal in Canada?
Cannabis was outlawed by Parliament in 1923. But a 2002 report by the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs notes that the decision was made without discussion or justification of any kind. In fact, many members of Parliament did not even know what cannabis was or what its effects might be. The report adds that early drug legislation was largely based on “moral panic, racist sentiment and a notorious absence of debate.”
Could cannabis help with the opioid crisis?
Looking at Medicare data from 2010 and 2015, U.S. researchers found that after a state legalized medical cannabis, filled opioid prescriptions fell by 2.11 million daily doses. States that opened cannabis dispensaries saw even more dramatic results: opioid prescriptions fell by 3.74 million daily doses.
Have stigmas around cannabis prevented people from benefiting from it?
For decades, cannabis use has been unfairly associated with immorality, laziness and crime. The result is a lingering negative stigma that is felt even by those who have been prescribed cannabis for therapeutic purposes. But public opinion is shifting. A 2017 survey by the Government of Canada found that a majority of Canadians believe that cannabis use is socially acceptable.
Does media coverage of cannabis perpetuate harmful stereotypes?
A study published in 2013 analyzed Canadian newspaper articles and found evidence of racial and gender biases in how media outlets covered cannabis-related stories. The study concluded that media coverage reinforced “privileged normalization” of cannabis use, portraying it as acceptable for certain people with wealth or status while vilifying its use by other groups.