Cannabis Legalization

Since October 2018, Canadians aged 19 and older (18+ in Alberta and 21+ in Quebec) can legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana. Among other changes to federal law, adults across the country are allowed to purchase fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oil, plants and seeds for cultivation from either a provincially or territorially regulated retailer, or — where this option is not available — directly from a federally licensed producer. The provinces and territories are responsible for the practical implementation of legalization. Quebec, for example, has passed a bill prohibiting the home cultivation of marijuana plants.

While the legalization of cannabis is creating business opportunities for some, others worry about the impact of relaxed laws on consumption among youth. This collection looks at the ways marijuana legalization impacts the daily lives of Canadians, young and old.

  • 2018
  • 15-17
  • 13 Titles

Included in this collection

The National Parents prepare to protect kids from pot

Health Canada is outlining the potential risks and providing advice to parents looking to talk to their children about marijuana use.
  • 2018
  • 00:03:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/15/2018

Firsthand Reefer Riches

Reefer Riches explores what Canada's marijuana future could look like as it examines how Colorado and Washington State have fared in their first years of legalization, trying to take over the pot business from organized crime. It is a fascinating story of shifting cultural values, strange political bedfellows, new issues for law enforcement, and abundant business opportunities in what could be ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/09/2015

The National Seniors look to cannabis to ease ailments of aging

From swollen joints to dementia, seniors are increasingly looking to cannabis to treat the ailments of aging and a study is underway to better understand its effectiveness.
  • 2020
  • 00:08:22
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 05/26/2020

Marketplace Superweed: What’s really in today’s marijuana?

As Canada prepares to legalize marijuana, the Marketplace team takes a closer look at today's weed. They test what's being sold right now, and find out that what's missing should alarm you. They also head to Colorado, where weed is legal, and hook up volunteers to EEG machines to find out what happens to your brain on drugs.
  • 2016
  • 00:22:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/18/2017

The Nature of Things The Downside of High

Teenagers who start smoking marijuana before the age of 16 are four times more likely to become schizophrenic. That's the startling conclusion of some of the world's top schizophrenia experts, whose research is featured in this documentary. Groundbreaking work on the connection between marijuana and mental illness also reveals that, for all young adults, smoking marijuana nearly doubles the risk ...
  • 2010
  • 00:43:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013