This month recreational marijuana was made legal across Canada. Depending on what province you're from, the legal smoking age is either 18 or 19.
TL;DR The Canadian Medical Association has recommended that anyone 25 or younger should not consume cannabis due to the detrimental effect that could lead to psychosis and schisophrenis.
It's no secret then that cannabis consumption would be attractive to a younger audience. Since it's now legal, young adults may feel it's safe to smoke or consume cannabis. But how safe is it really?
Apparently, it can actually be quite dangerous.
The Canadian Medical Association is warning that nobody under 25 years old should use cannabis, as there is a serious risk of brain damage that could result in psychosis or schizophrenia later in life.
According to the Edmonton Journal, a prime example would be in Colorado, where marijuana has already been legal for a few years. The experience of legal weed there gives insight to Canadian officials.
Right now, that insight is not so positive.
There's been a surge in Colorado of young adults being rushed to the emergency room for various reasons after smoking marijuana. Many believe Canada is soon to follow.
With anyone over the legal age allowed to have up to 30 grams of cannabis on their person or at home in the country, there's a wide opinion that this just makes the drug more accesible to children and youth.
Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure what is to become of Canada and its cannabis laws is to let legalization take its course and hope the newly enforced marijuana laws are followed.
Who knows, maybe the legal age across the country will be raised for cannabis possession and consumption. Quebec's CAQ party has already promised to raise the legal age of consumption to 21, so it's only a matter of time before other provinces begin to make their own policies as well.