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e-1053 (Cannabis)

Initiated by Tianshi Yuan from Richmond Hill, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • Canadian youth will be particularly affected by the legalization of such a thought-impairing substance, since it will become more accessible from the hands of adults. The increased availability and the social acceptance of cannabis will increase the number of young users. In fact, it will have egregious consequences on the developing brains of our teens and young adults.
  • Cannabis is a substance with very little benefit and an enormous potential for addiction and abuse, not to mention that it is a gateway drug. While it does have some medical properties, its' legalization for recreational use will create negative consequences that will outweigh any positives. Thus, its' status should be kept for medical use only.
  • Another issue worth mentioning is regulation. While the government wants to keep cannabis distribution away from criminals, the 4-plant allocation it proposes will make cannabis quantities incredibly hard to control, since the substance can easily be hidden.
  • Considering all of cannabis legalization’s negative aspects, cannabis legalization does not seem like the ideal step towards ensuring our nation’s brilliant future, especially if our youth are those who will take the hardest hit.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to revoke the Bill introduced on April 13, 2017 to legalize cannabis by July 1, 2018, which would legalize possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis by individuals 18 and over for recreational use.
Government response tabled on November 20, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-93-04)
Open for signature
May 8, 2017, at 9:48 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 5, 2017, at 9:48 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Brad Trost (Saskatoon—University)
September 29, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01701)
Government response tabled
November 20, 2017
Photo - Brad Trost
Conservative Caucus
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