Justin Trudeau, the liberal daring town hero, kicked off the drug legalization party in 2018. Fast forward to 2023, and the slew of statistics and research papers all seem to harmonize on one resounding note: Trudeau and the NDP have orchestrated quite the chaotic symphony of mess-ups.
According to the research paper, drug-impaired driving accidents in Canada have significantly increased, particularly following the legalization of drugs, starting with marijuana in 2018.
The study revealed a substantial rise in known cannabis-related emergency department visits for traffic injuries, increasing by 475% over a span of 13 years. Moreover, the escalation in accidents was notably sharper after the legalization of drugs.
Canada took a pioneering step in 2018 by initiating the legalization of drugs, making it one of the first nations to do so. Today, the country stands as a global example in this regard. This move was led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his coalition partner Jagmeet, resulting in the legalization of a substantial variety of drugs.
The pivotal moment occurred when the Canadian government introduced the Cannabis Act, or Bill C-45, in the House of Commons. This legislation aimed to legalize recreational cannabis usage for adults while regulating its production, distribution, and sale.
How It All Started: The Legalization of Cannabis
On June 19, 2018, the Cannabis Act received Royal Assent, officially becoming law. Canada became the second country globally, following Uruguay, to legalize recreational cannabis at the national level. Subsequently, the use of hard drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine became widespread in Canada.
While the federal government stated that these drugs were for recreational purposes, they were increasingly being used for pleasure rather than medicinal purposes.
This normalization of drug use took a concerning turn, with reports indicating that even school children as young as 10-14 were being educated on drug use, facilitated by the distribution of safe snorting kits. Notably, British Columbia, under the leadership of NDP, led these efforts, although the sentiment across many Canadian provinces remained largely opposed to such measures.
People at Threat: Canada’s Drug Problem
The statistics regarding drug legalization in Canada present a concerning trend. The decision to legalize drugs, particularly cannabis, has resulted in alarming consequences, as evident from recent data. Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs now constitutes 11% of all impaired driving charges, a drastic increase from 1.6% in 2009, highlighting a dangerous pattern.
Incidents of drug-impaired driving (DID) reported by police have notably risen, surpassing alcohol-related incidents, which have decreased over the past decade. In 2021 alone, police recorded nearly 7,500 drug-impaired driving cases, a stark contrast to the 1,407 incidents reported in 2009. The numbers surged notably after cannabis legalization in 2018, indicating a rapid escalation in drug-related accidents.
Tragically, this surge in drug-impaired driving has led to a substantial loss of life. An estimated 1,250 to 1,500 people are killed annually, with over 63,000 sustaining injuries in drug impairment-related crashes. These figures underscore the severe consequences of drug legalization, raising serious concerns about public safety.
This situation serves as a stark wake-up call for Canada. The statistics paint a worrisome picture, revealing the negative impact of the recreational drug policy. What was initially intended as a form of recreation has turned into a significant threat for the country. The data clearly shows that the decision to legalize drugs has unleashed a monster that now poses a substantial risk to the safety and well-being of the Canadian population.