Canadian Government raises legal smoking age for cannabis

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As of January 1, 2020, the legal age to buy or possess cannabis in Quebec is 21, giving Quebec the highest minimum age for cannabis use in Canada.

Many Canadians have been consuming cannabis legally since it has been legalized, but what does the rest of the Canadian population think of this idea?  Overall, Canadians have complained to be unsatisfied with the legalization of marijuana because of the irresponsible use of it and it’s smell. A student from Montréal, Québec states; “I disagree with the legalization of weed since Canadians should not be allowed to smoke in public because it has a disruptive smell and people act very irresponsibly while under the influence.” Moreover, he states that he strongly agrees with the age being raised to twenty-one. “Trudeau is taking away the risks from underaged people to be able to smoke cannabis since their brains are not fully developed yet,” states Emilio Dell’Aquilla. 

According to the National Cannabis Survey, consumption rates continue to increase among males (19%) in comparison to females (11%). The prevalence of cannabis use over the past three months is higher among 18 to 24-year-olds (33%) than in other age groups (ranging from 5% to 21%). People reporting use in the past three months were 38 years old on average.

All in all, the survey conducted by Postmedia/Dart Insight found that 76 per cent of Canadians want the higher age limit. The feeling was strongest among respondents in Quebec, with 82 per cent in favour.