When Cathy (not her real name) received a call from a member of her church
that her Grade 9 son had been
spotted smoking marijuana outside
his high school on a regular basis,
she set the phone down in shock.
“I knew that lots of kids experi-
mented with smoking dope, but I
was still upset and surprised this
could have happened under our
Their son confessed and began
his month-long sentence (grounded
to the house with limited cell
phone use). For him, it was Siberia.
For Cathy and her husband, it was
an important moment to lay down
the law – drug use is dangerous,
illegal and just plain stupid, and
they refused to let their kid go
down this path.
During that time news stories
began to surface that Canada was
on the path to legalizing marijuana.
A task force was appointed in June
2016 to advise the government on
the framework of the new laws. The
panel, comprised of experts in
public health, substance abuse, law
enforcement and justice, has to
report to the government by November. New legislation will be
introduced in the spring of 2017.
What is a Canadian Christian to
think about this new development
in Canadian law?
Marijuana in Canada
With the rising interest in the drug,
new studies and clinical trials on the
medical benefits and risks of using
marijuana are slowly turning up.
Many Canadians are already legally
using marijuana for medical purposes. Canadians who have been
authorized by their health care
practitioner have the option of purchasing marijuana from a producer
licensed by Health Canada. According to Health Canada, the number
of patients registered to use medical
marijuana has increased to 37,359 in
2013 from only 477 back in 2002.
Canada will soon
Is there a Christian
By Allison Barron