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Part D: Changing Drug Laws
Introduction
In your textbook, the discussion on page 170 outlines some of the issues associated with decriminalizing some aspects of recreational drug use.
The following chart about current Canadian laws on possession, sale, and use will help you with Assignment 2—Part D.
Possession
Sale
Use
Tobacco
Must be 18 to purchase (19 in some provinces);
Under-age possession is illegal in some provinces;
Introducing minors to tobacco is heavily fined.
Multiple health warning messages are required on packaging;
Advertising and sponsorship is prohibited;
Is heavily taxed.
Prohibited in public places and workplaces.
Alcohol
Legal age varies by province (age 19 in BC);
Under-age possession is illegal
Sold only in government liquor stores in most provinces;
Is heavily taxed;
Sale is restricted to licensed premises and specific hours;
Bringing in and out of Canada is controlled;
Advertising is controlled by laws
Some provinces restrict amounts sold in bars after certain hours;
Public consumption is prohibited, except with license;
Use while driving is prohibited.
Instructions
This assignment requires you to choose ONE of the above substances, and evaluate the arguments for and against changing the laws concerning possession, sale and use of that substance.
For this assignment, you will need to use the critical thinking guidelines in your textbook (see Chapter 1 and the inside front cover) and use them to structure your evaluation of the arguments for and against changing the laws concerning possession, sale and use of that substance.
For example, at the moment tobacco is a legal, yet controlled, substance for adult use. Should the laws concerning its sale and use be changed—why or why not? Using the critical thinking guidelines examples, construct a well-written critical evaluation of the costs and benefits to changing the laws pertaining to the possession, sale and use of tobacco or alcohol. Note that this part of the assignment is more about your use of critical thinking than about writing a comprehensive essay on legal matters.
Refer to the Assignment Preparation and Submission Instructions page for instructions on how to submit work to your Open Learning Faculty Member.
Grading Rubric—9 Marks Total
Exceeds Expectations (3 marks)
Meets Expectations (2 marks)
Does Not Meet Expectations (1 mark)
Comprehensiveness
Identifies current laws, both sides of the issue, and provides two or more examples for each critical thinking guideline.
Identifies current laws, both sides of the issue, and provides two or more examples for each critical thinking guideline, but with some missing details.
Identifies current laws, both sides of the issue, and examples for each critical thinking guideline, but with many missing details.
Understanding
Reasoning is accurate and reflects deep understanding of the guidelines for critical thinking
Most reasoning is accurate and reflects satisfactory understanding of the guidelines for critical thinking
Several errors in reasoning and/or understanding
Clarity
Spelling and grammar are accurate Paragraphs are well organized
Minor and/or few spelling or grammatical errors Paragraphs mostly well organized
Several spelling or grammatical errors Paragraphs not well organized.

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