Updated: Jun 5, 2019
It doubles risk of developing psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia. Heavy use in adolescence impairs intellectual development.
One in six teenagers who regularly smoke the drug become dependent. Those who would say that Marijuana is a safe drug have learned nothing from the prohibition days. The government isn't interested in your health, they're interested in your money.
A study published by the World Health Organization has provided a new understanding of marijuana after performing a twenty year study on its effects.
While this study shows the very clear dangers of cannabis, the current Liberal government is taking steps towards its legalization "To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals."
To understand the governments role in the drug war, we must turn the pages back to the prohibition - where the priority was to take the profits out of the hands of criminals and put them into the hands of the government.
The prohibition in the United States (as used to demonstrate greater statistical accuracy based on greater population density) lasted 13 years - from 1920 to 1933.
An estimated 110 people were killed by police during the prohibition, while another 400 officers themselves were killed.
At the end of the 13 year prohibition period, On March 22, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Cullen–Harrison Act, legalizing alcohol.
Roosevelt was praised for ending the violence of organized crime and the majority saw the move as one that would make America safer.
Except that in our current day - every 24 hours, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
This amounts to one death every 51 minutes.
Every single year 88,000 alcohol related deaths occur in the US alone.
The WHO estimates that in total, over 2.5 million people die as a direct result of alcohol world wide.
You'll notice these numbers pale in comparison to the numbers during the prohibition.
So if it's causing more deaths and more health care issues and countless lives and families are being destroyed, why was the prohibition brought to an end?
Because the government understood that they were sitting on the perfect supply and demand business model where they could control the supply and the demand was high.
Each year, the Federal government turns a profit of 5.6 billion dollars a year on alcohol taxes.
What we are witnessing with the legalization of Marijuana is history repeating itself.
Despite numerous reports stating negative side effects, the government will legalize marijuana in order to take control of the market.
There's a whole other debate to be had regarding the issues of young teens getting criminal records for Marijuana use, though the priority should be to educate the country on the dangers of cannabis use. To make the focus rehabilitation - not try to turn a profit off it.
Should there even be consequences for marijuana use? People will smoke it anyway.
People will murder each other anyway, should we legalize that?
The core of this argument is better understood when we define what laws are for.
Speed limits for example are enforced to create a safe environment on the roads.
In the same way, drugs are classified as illegal in an effort to deter the population from using them as they are deemed detrimental to the individual and society as a whole.
With the following statistics, it is quite apparent that intoxication is dangerous for the country.
5.3 million adults −- 36 percent of those under correctional supervision at the time -− were drinking at the time of their conviction offense.
696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking every year.
Authorities in Washington recorded 436 fatal crashes in 2013, and determined that drivers involved in 40 crashes tested positive for THC, the active chemical in marijuana.
In 2014 they found that of 462 fatal crashes, 85 drivers tested positive for THC - more than doubling the fatalities.
All these statistics are proof that society needs to be sober in order to function. It needs to be sober in order to be safe.
So what's the solution?
Getting the truth out about the dangers of marijuana use.
Or we can do nothing to protest the legalization of marijuana and watch injury and death statistics increase and hope that someone we love doesn't become one of them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jozef Lalka is a former Infantryman with the Canadian Armed Forces and founder of War Doll. Since releasing from the military, Jozef continues to rigorously train and expand his knowledge of a variety of weapons platforms and tactics.
Having earned a diploma in Media & Video production, Jozef works as a graphic designer, photographer and videographer while pursing a passion for current global conflicts and how they relate to historical events.