Good for you, and your country neighbor! Like yourself, im not a user, also like yourself, I see the benefits it will provide. Provincial Income, job
creation, a 'break' for the criminal justice system, i.e. crime reduction.
And thats not even going into the alleviating properties for people with a multitude of diseases.
Like how bout this here:
A friend's Mother was just diagnosed with Parkinsons. She was very anti-Marijuana, so I explained some of the benefits experienced by sufferers. She
still wanted no part of it. I showed her the previous video and she started to open her eyes and mind a lil bit. Shes not this far advanced (thank
god), but its better to get informed sooner rather than later.
Just a small rant here, but I really disagree with the "Gateway Drug" argument. Meaning Marijuana use leads to harder, more dangerous drugs. I wonder
if those who use this argument have ever considered what "gateway" lead someone to Marijuana? Could it have been Alcohol? Or maybe even Cigarettes?
And how did they get to the Alcohol and Nicotine? Was Caffeine? Or what about sugar?
I feel Marijuana has been demonized to push certain agendas and thats it. Dont get me wrong, it is a mood altering drug and MUST be used with respect
and caution, but I think back to Grade School...
During the 80's we had the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program here in the states.
We were 'informed' about every drug from caffeine to hallucinogenics by a real Police Officer! (I remember thinking that was so cool! I felt like i
was getting inside info from 'the man')
We were also heavily misinformed. Im sure others remember this too, but I remember being told, "Marijuana is SO POWERFUL that just ONE HIT will have
you addicted!!!" Scared the hell out of me at 10 years old. Honestly.
As I got older and experimented with drugs, I remember smoking weed for the first time. I felt like I was rolling the dice in Vegas! I took more than
one hit, and after I didnt become a 'Marijuana Junkie', working under freeway off-ramps to support my addiction, i felt duped!
I thought, "well, if they lied about this, what else were they lying about?" This is no excuse for the mistakes i made when i was younger, but I often
wonder how many others uses that logic to go on to bigger, worser, things?
I wonder what pricing they will put in place. I know currently on the street it's $15/g.
I would be shocked if the government charged more.
Because really, the dealers are still in business.. if anything they would make more money by raising the price up their stuff a little more, to just
undercut the legalized pricing.
As somebody who has worked in the Canadian industry of medical MJ for over a decade, it's about damn time.
I have a few concerns however:
1. Legal age to purchase should be min of 21 and higher, just by what we know of MJ effect on the developing brain.
2. Prices should be SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER than black market prices. If they are going to charge 300$ an ounce, they are only going to inflate the
black market, not crush it. They need to either make it much cheaper, or remain at the same prices, which should average about 200$ an ounce for top
3.Regulate edibles to a higher degree, especially where teenagers are concerned, the effects of driving and smoking for example, are compounded when
the body is metabolising via ingestion.
4. We must have the wine model. It it is no legal if I cannot grow up to a certain amount in my home. I currently disagree with the 4 plant plan
they have in place now, I should be able to fill a green house if I want to.
5. Provide government grants to small business owners who want in on the ground floor of this new industry. It is imperative that Tobacco
companies be cut out of the initial capability of providing this product.
Otherwise they will create a monopoly and we won't better off than the we were financially.
6. All Tax Revenue must be used on social services, including addiction and recovery programs. ( I like the Colorado way if it hasn't been ruined
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Oh I'm sure there will be a nice wall soon enough on both sides of the border lol jk.
But really there is already a lot of drug seizures at the border crossing by my city. We border Grand Portage, Minnesota. Almost every week we read
about some bozo trying to cross over into the USA with some amount of drugs.
I agree with those statements. The social services aspect would finally flourish of the taxs collected on MJ went to fund those needs.
It could snowball and eventually mean less homeless on our streets, greater access to mental health services, and a higher standard of living for all
Things could potentially be great if they approach this right.
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