It’s been 100 years. 100 years of prohibition on Marijuana. A Prohibition in which no one knows or understands why it was prohibited in the first place. A plant that has done wonders for medical patients suffering from pain, anxiety, parkinsons, insomnia, stress, upset stomach etc. Why Prohibit something that has always done good?
As soon as Justin Trudeau came into office he had said that he was going to follow the USA and start the process of legalizing Marijuana. We are 1 year and 15 days away from history. We are 1 year and 15 days away from the legalization of Marijuana!
But before American youngsters crash Canada’s immigration website again, Trudeau warned the drug is still illegal until the legislation passes. “Until we have a framework to control and regulate marijuana, the current laws apply,” he said earlier this month. And legalization will have strict federal guidelines.
The federal government will oversee the supply and license producers, but provinces will regulate the drug’s distribution, sale, and prices. There will also be a limit of four plants per household. The national age for buying marijuana will be 18, but provinces can boost the age limit as they see fit.
But law enforcement groups voiced concerns about legalization. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police released a response in February outlining “concerns with regards to impaired driving and impact on organized crime.” It added “public education is critical and should begin immediately” as the government paves the way for legalization.
Trudeau’s push for legalization caught political flak from other parties, even parties on the left who fear it could turn into another one of Trudeau’s broken promises. “I do not believe Justin Trudeau is going to bring in the legalization of marijuana and as proof that … we are still seeing, particularly young Canadians being criminalized by simple possession of marijuana,” said British Columbia MP Peter Julian of the left-leaning New Democratic Party.
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Since a few days ago Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General of the United States, had made an announcement that he wanted to crack down on Medical Marijuana. He had stated that there was no proof that Medical Marijuana could help and that it is highly addictive and will cause more damage in the long run.
Amid a drug crisis that kills 91 people in the US each day, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Congress to help roll back protections that have shielded medical marijuana dispensaries from federal prosecutors since 2014, according to a letter made public this week. Those legal controls which bar Sessions’s Justice Department from funding crackdowns on the medical cannabis programs legalized by 29 states and Washington, D.C. jeopardize the DoJ’s ability to combat the country’s “historic drug epidemic” and control dangerous drug traffickers, the attorney general wrote in the letter sent to lawmakers.
The catch, however, is that this epidemic is one of addiction and overdose deaths fueled by opioids—heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers—not marijuana. In fact, places where the U.S. has legalized medical marijuana have lower rates of opioid overdose deaths.
A review of the scientific literature indicates marijuana is far less addictive than prescription painkillers. A 2016 survey from University of Michigan researchers, published in the The Journal of Pain, found that chronic pain suffers who used cannabis reported a 64 percent drop in opioid use as well as fewer negative side effects and a better quality of life than they experienced under opioids. In a 2014 study reported in JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association, the authors found that annual opioid overdose deaths were about 25 percent lower on average in states that allowed medical cannabis compared with those that did not.
And a significant number of pain sufferers would apparently prefer to use medical marijuana instead of prescription painkillers. A study published in July 2016 in Health Affairs explored what happened to Medicare painkiller prescriptions after states green-lighted medical marijuana laws, and found that a typical physician in a state with medical cannabis prescribed 1,826 fewer painkiller doses for Medicare patients in a given year—because seniors instead turned to medical pot. There were also hundreds fewer doses prescribed for antidepressants, anti-nausea medications and antianxiety drugs.
t has become so difficult for the U.S. Secret Service to find recruits that have never before experimented with marijuana that the agency’s new director, Randolph Alles, has thrown his hands in air on the issue, announcing last week that he has relaxed the drug policy for potential new hires.
During a recent press briefing, Mr. Alles, who has been at the top of the agency for less than three months, told reporters that it has become necessary for the Secret Service to be a little more lenient when it comes to dealing with job candidates that may have used marijuana at some point in the past.
It is for that reason that, as of last month, the agency’s drug policy has been revamped to not immediately disqualify a candidate with a history of cannabis use. Instead, the Secret Service is now giving consideration to the length of time a person has refrained from using the herb when reviewing his or her application.
For example, applicants younger than 24 are only required to show they haven’t used marijuana for a period of 12-months. Other candidates, 28-years or older, are expected to be pot-free for at least five years.
Although the agency will no longer discount candidates who admit to smoking a little weed, Alles said the agency would still maintain a strict interview process, which includes a polygraph and an extensive background check.
Even some of the best athletes have had pot in there lives before. These days its hard to find anyone that doesn’t have any pot in them. I also believe that the age restriction is very fair. When Cannabis becomes legal at least they will have this policy already going on.
This article is such a positive feedback towards marijuana as the plant is soon going to be legal and end this 100 year prohibition.
For the last week and a half you may not have seen any blog posts being posted. The reason why is because I was away on vacation in London for a relatives wedding. As I landed in London I was a bit worried about being in a country and landing in a city that has turned its terrorism threat from severe to critical.
While landing at Heathrow Airport security was very tight. Which made me feel a lot better knowing that they are taking these matter seriously.
Where I was staying was about 2 hours away from the city of London. Not in a major city though like London, Manchester etc. However the wedding I was attending was near London, about half hour away.
Saturday arrived and there was no thought in my mind about anything about terrorism or explosions or anything of that matter. I was concentrated on the wedding.
After the beautiful wedding was done we were waiting for the reception to commense. I had started to get a lot of messages on my phone and social media was blowing up. As looked down on my phone my heart stopped and my body froze still.
The headlines read “ANOTHER ATTACK IN LONDON” or “TERRORIST ATTACK.” I started to read my messages and it was friends and family back home asking if i was okay and what not.
As the news spread the other guests started to panic, my first thought was do not tell the wedding couple of whats happening.
You could hear the screams and the sirens as the attack was going on. The city was on locked down with no one allowed to go in or out of the city. London was once again the target to a major Terrorist Attack.
Which brings me to my next point. In the last 10-15 years London has opened the doors to all ethnicity’s. There is a massive Muslim population out there and has been for a while. Is this the reason that the attacks are happening? All the people that have been named as the bombers or attackers have been of Muslim decent. Not all Muslims are terrorist, not by a long shot. How do you choose whose allowed in and whose not?
Maybe Donald Trump was on to something, maybe he had an idea of what the destruction that can be done and put up a ban.
Now that Canada has allowed all refugees in the country are we doomed as well? Only time will tell…