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Cannabis is almost legal.
In a few days, Canadians can purchase weed, mary jane, ganja, pot, or whatever you call it, from a government-approved — or owned and operated — shop.
Going from back alley buys and busts to collecting taxes on every gram sold is arguably the biggest public policy change in a generation. Legalization could also bring significant cultural, social, and workplace changes. And, of course, there are considerable economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and government.
But are we mentally prepared for all that legalization could bring?
Seriously, have you paused and pondered how legalization might affect you or people you love?Have we really considered the pros and cons, the coming shifts in attitudes?
There are mixed views on whether or not this a good idea. A recent Vividata survey indicated a great divide, with 37 per cent of Canadian adults in support of legalization and likely to consume, 33 per cent supportive and liking marijuana's medicinal properties, and 29 per cent who are opposed and want more due diligence.
In a lead-up to legalization on Oct. 17, our journalists set out to take Atlantic Canada's pot pulse, to see how we got to this point and where this could lead.
We endeavoured to collect as many perspectives as possible. You might find yours in there, but you should also discover some new ones, positions that might help you nip misconceptions in the bud.
Let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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