Marijuana’s legal age changed from 21 to 18

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Marijuana’s legal age changed from 21 to 18

Lea larichelliere

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In 2018 marijuana was legalized in Quebec for people of ages 18 and older. This lead to increases in marijuana sales. People were also allowed to smoke marijuana in public.

The reason why Quebec is increasing the legal age for marijuana is because of how it has made an impact on the younger generation. When marijuana was legalized there were a lot of people of the age 18 that purchasing it.

The brain is not fully developed until age 25. When someone uses marijuana before the brain is fully developed it can effect the development of the brain and this will most likely lead to problems in the future. In the short term, marijuana use has been shown to impair functions such as attention, memory, learning and decision-making. Those effects can last for days after the high wears off. This is the reason why Quebec is changing the legal age for marijuana. So that the younger generation won’t smoke, and slow down there brain development.

But should the government make this decision for the younger adults? Can the younger generation still access marijuana illegally? “The Cannabis Act creates a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis across Canada”(canada.ca).

Other sources have proved that people can still access marijuana if desired. What will the government do about the illegal purchase of marijuana. Ally Floyd stated that “ I Believe that the government should take more action in shutting down illegal substances. I also believe that the government should take away marijuana until the people 20 and under can mature without effecting the development of their own brains.”