Ever wonder why cannabis was legalized? The facts might surprise you. But what about the impact of legalization on youth?

“The racially disparate enforcement of pot laws is one of the great injustices in this country” – The Honourable Bill Blair

Activity steps 
  1. Watch the Cannabis criminalization costs and harms video. 
  2. Walk through the content of the Cannabis criminalization costs and harms handout, as well as the reference links. 
  3. Work in pairs or small teams to explore the questions below, or do further independent research into the impacts of substance use on our society or issues related to cannabis legalization. 
  4. Share findings with others.
Reflect and discuss
  • What surprised you about the statistics?
  • Why is it important that we learn these statistics? What could happen if nobody looked at patterns and changes?
  • What are the numbers telling us? What can we learn from them?
  • What do you need to know to better understand this issue? 
  • What other kind of data should we be collecting?