When Justin Trudeau began running for Prime Minister of Canada in 2015, he had promised Canadians the legalization of recreational marijuana. This brought up a lot of controversies, and through, could change Canada’s identity. Medical marijuana has already shown a change in Canada’s social, economic, political, and environmental circles, however; once recreational marijuana is legalized, these changes may drastically increase.
Medical and recreational marijuana has shown a huge increase in popularity amongst our societies. Medical marijuana is seen as a “natural” product and has many health benefits to those suffering from chronic pain or mental disabilities. This leads reason to believe that recreational marijuana can too be “healthy” and “natural” when this is not always the case. When used in moderation, recreational marijuana has shown positive results, although, when used out of moderation, marijuana may cause future deficits in the brain. The way marijuana is shown/promoted in the media, in schools, and in our society will play a role in the safety of its usage.
The marijuana usage in Canada will also greatly change Canada’s environment. Already, several Canadian cannabis companies have been buying greenhouses for the purpose of growing medical marijuana. A company named Canopy Growth is developing 1.3 million square feet of greenhouses in B.C., and another is building a 120,000 square foot greenhouse in Maple Ridge. When recreational marijuana is legalized in Canada, a need for cannabis growth dedicated land will increase. The removal of natural habitats can endanger animals, as well as contaminate water sources in the area. It’s also important to highlight the energy that will be used in order to create ideal growing conditions in these cannabis greenhouses. Overall, the environmental affects marijuana will/does have on the environment isn’t very positive. To add on, very few politicians and economists show concern for the environment, as recreational marijuana will positively influence their circles. Justin Trudeau’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana wasn’t very supported in the beginning, however; as time went on, Canadians were educated and influenced, thus, voting for Trudeau. Many Canadians still disagree will Trudeau’s plan, but not much can be done at this point. The plan is set in stone for 2018, with extra support from the new 2018 budget for Canada. As Trudeau’s plan takes place, there are many cannabis companies that are waiting for money to start rolling in. Cannabis companies may see the sudden success of their stock, and be influenced to franchise their companies around Canada, begin bigger promotions, create new products, and hope for the overall growth of their company. Once the cannabis industry takes off, as will Canada’s economy, followed by our politics, society, and finally environment.
Canada’s move to legalize recreational marijuana shows evidence of a “postnational state” (Justin Trudeau, 2015). The decision to legalize recreational marijuana is very evidently split between the two sides. Many Canadians think this may change Canada’s identity by changing us into “hippies”, while the other side thinks this change will create a safe environment on the streets. There are two very opinionated sides, along with some people left in between, leading to believe that our country has very diverse morals. Obviously, our country has diverse opinions on many different topics other than the legalization of recreational marijuana, though, this move is very ambitious and will affect every Canadian life.
In my personal opinion, I don’t believe that there’s much point in trying to set an identity on Canada. There are 36,000,000 people in Canada, all with their own, unique personality. Not only is it impossible to mix all those identities together, but it’s also unnecessary. Canada is very successful as a country because of its diversity, and acceptance of new ideas. Canada doesn’t have an identity, nor does it need one, because Canada is a country of growth amongst diversity.