First of all I just must clarify that I am a Criminal Justice student and I have already made a decision on this issue. I want to breifly outline the positives and negatives regarding this issue. I feel the upsides could be safer pertaining to drug use. Since it would be grown and controled by the government then likely safer doses could be implemented. On the downside I feel making it legal would make youth consider it not seriously and just do it because they could like alcohol. In Canada it is very much part of our culture and with the decriminalization of small amounts of Marihuana I feel its clear we are leniant enough. In retrospect I once beleived that it should be legalized. The fact of the matter is that people who wish to use this drug will seek it out no matter if its illegal or not. The culture of drugs is that they are always available with a price and the association of certain people. The government in Canada does consider Marihuana serious drug, although our culture would defy that. Studying drugs in my corrections class I have found that the controlled drugs and substances act refers to Cannibis as a class 2 drug which indicates that the growing and intent to traffic can be dangerous conduct. Statistics suggest that when one drug is present, even more harmful drugs inlcuding weapons can also be present. This is not to say everyone illegally growing the plants are terrorists but in alot of cases in goes hand in hand. This could be a defence and why the government should regulate and grow it. There is lots of room for debate, right now Im just considering information I have been exposed to off the top of my head. I will be doing more research over october and see what I can add. Pleese feel free to write any comments or thoughts, it will help me conclude my paper and have more of a objective opinion on this matter.