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The use of illicit drugs is subject to much public concern and contention Of the most popular and widely used is marijuana Derived of the plant Cannabis sativa the growing acceptance of marijuanas medicinal purposes as well as the continuing government campaign against drugs has created a renewed awareness of marijuana By definition marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug considered a soft drug it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant smoked or chewed for euphoric effect1 In the past thirteen years the number of people fifteen or older who have used the drug has nearly doubled in Canada2 The debate over legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana in Canada has been on-going since 19723 but still there has been no verdict There have been several debates between the political parties about legalizing marijuana but at this time there are still significant concerns about the issue and the focus has been on the eradication or limiting the use of marijuana While the social views and border policies will potentially serve to lower the criminal rates of marijuana use it is the judicial system and government of Canada that will ultimately determine its role in Canadian society It is this area which truly reflects the concerns about marijuanas effect on the nation as a whole either as a harmful substance leading to greater crimes or as an accepted drug of choice like alcohol An examination of each of the three areas including border policies influences of lobby groups and foreign nations current laws and social outlooks will determine that the push for eradication of marijuana use is the direction the Canadian government needs to go in order to limit or accept this drug into society Canadas first object that has played a small role but has had an impact in reducing the use of marijuana in Canada is society Lobby groups all over Canada have been educating people on the risks of marijuana One
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