Canada Legalized Cannabis, But Muslims Are Not Into It

As Canada legalizes marijuana, it’s creating a kind of cultural revolution and dramatic social experiment that will surely impact the Canadian society. Canadian Muslims are not immune to this.

It’s a huge concern for Muslim families that youth will have to face an additional pressure with this kind of drugs being legal and at everyone’s reach.

But even though cannabis stores have opened their doors to the public, Muslim youth should not go into this. Simply because marijuana consumption is not allowed in Islam. This is the optimistic scenario.

So, what about other scenarios that might be less optimistic?

It’s high-time for Muslim scholars, social workers, doctors and Islamic centers to address Muslim youth and educate them about the harmful effects of smoking and why it’s prohibited in our religion.

According to Drug free world the following are some of the harmful effects of marijuana:

Short-term effects

  • Short-term memory problems
  • Severe anxiety, including fear that one is being watched or followed (paranoia)
  • Very strange behavior, seeing, hearing or smelling things that aren’t there, not being able to tell imagination from reality (psychosis)
  • Panic
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of sense of personal identity
  • Lowered reaction time
  • Increased heart rate (risk of heart attack)
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Problems with coordination (impairing safe driving or playing sports)
  • Sexual problems (for males)
  • Up to seven times more likely to contract sexually transmitted infectionsthan non-users (for females)

Long-term effects

  • Decline in IQ (up to 8 points if prolonged use started in adolescent age)
  • Poor school performance and higher chance of dropping out
  • Impaired thinking and ability to learn and perform complex tasks
  • Lower life satisfaction
  • Addiction (about 9% of adults and 17% of people who started smoking as teens)
  • Potential development of opiate abuse
  • Relationship problems, intimate partner violence
  • Antisocial behavior including stealing money or lying
  • Financial difficulties
  • Increased welfare dependence
  • Greater chances of being unemployed or not getting good jobs.