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Canada lawmakers vote to legalize cannabis

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Warmer weather closer to the border, with all that that entails.

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So will Trump be adding tariffs to those massive weed imports?

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The decline of the West continues apace.

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Zichi

US already grows more than enough weed for its own consumption.  More likely they will be a net exporter to Canada.

Good to see that more and more common sense being applied to the issue of intoxicants.

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Good on Canada for such a progressive approach, moving their country out of prohibition and non-regulation, to an advanced society that deals with facts, rather than rhetoric.

Someday I hope to live there again. If I can handle the cold in my old age.

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Kaerimashita

Zichi

US already grows more than enough weed for its own consumption. More likely they will be a net exporter to Canada.

It was more of tongue-in-cheek comment. But yes America grew 22 million pounds of marijuana with 80% of it grown in California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Hawaii, Washington with Washington State being the only one on the America Canada border.

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Canadians are allowed to make beer at home, or wine," Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Friday. "It is already possible for Canadians to grow cannabis for medical purposes and we absolutely believe the legislation should be consistent when it comes to recreational cannabis."

Makes PERFECT sense.

Statistics Canada has estimated that the market will be worth Can$5.7 billion (U.S.$4.5 billion), based on last year's consumption data.

Not to mention the tourism that canada will get from people wanting to smoke out legally. just ask the Dutch.

Good on Canada for such a progressive approach, moving their country out of prohibition and non-regulation, to an advanced society that deals with facts, rather than rhetoric.

Absolutely. Canada continues to outdo itself in quality of life for its citizens. Go Canada! Go Trudeau!!

Someday I hope to live there again.

Me too.

If I can handle the cold in my old age.

Strangerland- go to Vancouver or Victoria. The winters there are no different from Tokyo's. If you go further east that's when the winters get brutal. But vancouver is not so bad in the winter. If you can handle Tokyo winters, vancouver will be no problem. Their summers are AWESOME.

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I love Vancouver summers! But the winters are too rainy for me.

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fair point. rains alot there. but the winters are not too brutal. OR now since they are legalizing MJ just move out east where its really cold but with less rain and do what eddie griffith does- smoke himself stupid til he gets warm. LOL

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Haha you make a good case :)

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Alcohol prohibition in the US was responsible for an increase in alcohol consumption and a massive expansion of organized crime in our nation. In the wake of alcohol prohibition, murder, mayhem, lawlessness and destruction. Once the damage was done we were smart enough to repeal the idiocy of alcohol prohibition. 

Our government was stupid enough however to go forward and repeat the exact same mistake regarding other vices like cannabis, further strengthening the crime lords we were trying to rid ourselves of. The "War on Drugs" that was launched in the US is still being forced on other nations and has been a complete global disaster. Shooting ourselves in the foot wasn't bad enough, we then held a fiscal gun on other nations like Costa Rica, Colombia, Israel, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica etc. and forced them to repeat the exact same mistake. This total debacle has resulted in the creation of huge powerful global crime cartels and a crime wave of epic proportions destroying the lives of people it was supposed to protect. 

Time to end the failed war on cannabis and legalize nationwide!

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You have a choice. Live in USA with gun crime, meth, 2million plus in prison and trump. Or live in canada with pot, skiing and beautiful nature.

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The decline of the West continues apace

That moment when allowing people more freedom is considered a decline for the west

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You have a choice. Live in USA with gun crime, meth, 2million plus in prison and trump. Or live in canada with pot, skiing and beautiful nature.

Canada might have to build a wall.

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I'm all for it being legalized but I have a breathing problem so will still want smoking banned in public places.

Additionally, the notion that it will fit conveniently into people's daily lives like alcohol isn't backed by the science. Alcohol is basically gone from your system after X number of hours and you learn to incorporate it responsibly.

Marijuana however doesn't leave the system as conveniently. While the initial high leaves, its impairment effects last much longer. This is testable. Adjusting to this will take time and responsible consideration. Such as driver impairment testing, heavy machinery, piloting, surgery etc. New case law and testing systems will need to give people feedback on how to manage it

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There are risks to both physical and mental health.

Cannabis and mental health

https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfo/problems/alcoholanddrugs/cannabisandmentalhealth.aspx

At the least be aware of the long term effects to from the more high potency strains. I am sticking with a gin and tonic.

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Make an informed choice. Check out marijuana and psychosis, marijuana and short-term memory loss, and loss of motivation in young people, etc. Be aware of all of the positives, and all of the negatives, without getting swept away by either the 'No!' crowd or the 'Yes!' crowd. Neither is 100% correct.

Be aware of the local laws where you are; they can be extreme.

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The medical properties of this plant are legion. But the hysteria surrounding it means that millions who suffer from conditions that can be alleviated by cannabis, will continue to suffer for the time being.

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