So I think there were quite a lot of concerns about the way it was handled. First of all, I think the fact that you know, we legalize this the substance because we recognize the prohibition wasn't the right way about it and that criminalizing people for using it wasn't working. However, one of the things that wasn't done was to expunge their records of the people who had been convicted.
And of cannabis related offenses, especially for simple possession in that sense. It seemed a bit unfair that you know, while someone was caught with marijuana two years ago, you know is going to have that record for life as opposed to someone who you know, does it in a month, you know can buy it legally at the store. I think another aspect was the fact that it was because it was implemented regionally, you know the law of
read so much from Province to province that you know, there was a lot of gray areas. Can I buy it in Ontario bring it to Quebec or vice versa and different laws different age restrictions. So a 19 year old can't buy it in in Quebec but can buy it and Ontario. So I think if it had been standardized across country that probably would have been the safer alternative next. I think the fact that
There were some contradictions even within the provincial and federal application of the laws of the federal government. For example, explicitly allowed home growing of up to four plants, but the Quebec government banned it and there was sort of this argument of you know, what will the courts decide if someone ever gets caught and that's you never want to leave that sort of gray area. And then finally I think
Of the issues was the fact that in certain areas. This was just you know, these licenses not only to grow but you know to dispense were handed over to private businesses. So, you know, now these corporations would get to profit off this product that has been illegal for so long and has been historically used to incriminate.
Marginalized communities. So I think in that sense that was an issue and as well the fact that because it's a private Corporation. They're you know, they're not taking on the burden of increase cannabis use that, you know potentially could have health effects in our society and you know, they're not paying for that externality.
But overall I do think that marijuana legalization in the country was probably the best move forward for Canada just to recognize that it was de facto legal for a lot of Canadians. This just guaranteed that it would be legal for all and that the law would be applied just lie to to all Canadians.