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SOSC 2350 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Harm Principle, John Stuart Mill, Canadian Economics Association


Department
Social Science
Course Code
SOSC 2350
Professor
Amelie Barras
Lecture
1

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Name: Randa Toma
Student Number: 214 757 066
Tutorial Instructor: Theo Osawe
Law and Society SOSC 2350: Essay Outline
The Parliament of Canada is currently reviewing Bill C-45 entitled: “An Act respecting cannabis
and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts”,
which will legalize under certain conditions the usage of cannabis in Canada. The Minister of
Justice who presented the Bill in Parliament said: “I want to emphasize that while our
government is legalizing cannabis, we are also strictly regulation and restricting access to it”
(http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/house/sitting-183/hansard#9561726).
Rob Nicholson a Conservative MP responded to her introductory remarks on the Bill by: “The
Liberals will tell Canadians that four grams is okay but the Conservatives, on the other hand, are
firm in our conviction that zero grams is the only safe amount for our children.”
(http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/house/sitting-183/hansard#9561726).
Using John Stuart Mill’s work and any other relevant theories discuss in the class, analyze
and evaluate the debates around Bill C-45. Details on the Bill can be found here:
http://www.parl.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?billId=8886269&Language=E&Mode=1
Question: Should Cannabis be legalized with restrictions?
Thesis:
In most countries, possession and use of cannabis that is also commonly known as marijuana is
considered illegal. Cannabis has been considered to an illegal drug in most countries. In this
argumentative essay, I seek to argue the reasons why cannabis should be legalized, and why it
should not be restricted.
Outline
Introduction:
What is Cannabis: Introduction
What is Bill-45
Cannabis: from plant to joint
Cannabis: Our Position For a Canadian Public Policy, Report of the Senate Special Committee
on Illegal Drugs, Volume 1, Part 1, http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2011/sen/yc2-
1-0/YC2-1-0-371-5-1-eng.pdf
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