Why was cannabis ever illegal in Canada?
On October 17, 2018, cannabis will become legal in Canada – and medical cannabis has been legal here since 2001. But have you ever wondered why it was outlawed in the first place?
Cannabis was outlawed by Parliament in 1923. But a 2002 report by the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs notes that the decision was made without discussion or justification of any kind. In fact, many members of Parliament did not even know what cannabis was or what its effects might be. The report adds that early drug legislation was largely based on “moral panic, racist sentiment and a notorious absence of debate.”
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