We're going deep into the weeds of the marijuana legalization conversation.
Many people around the world have been saved, cured, and relieved of pain from just one plant that grows like weeds: marijuana. Plenty Americans believe it would be beneficial for the cannabis plant to be legal. There are many reasons why cannabis products should be legal including the medical benefits, the positive effects on nature, and the great effects it can have on the United States economy.
I love drugs. I do drugs all the time; drugs help me focus in class and also help me with my anxiety. I legally smoke cannabis to help with my anxiety. When I was a junior in high school my anxiety was at an all-time high and kept me from going to prom, hanging out with friends, going to events, and also kept me from getting my license. I tried everything to stop my anxiety including anxiety medication, therapy, and even meditation and that was until I started using cannabis. It only took a few times but once I started, my anxiety vanished in days and I was actually able to be a human being and do things.
The Cannabis Cure-all?
As the projected date for cannabis legalization looms in my home country of Canada, various businesses are hyping the plant up in preparation. There is a lot of focus on pot in terms of its potential and proven medical benefits as well as touting it as a relatively harmless recreational substance often compared favorably to alcohol as a less harmful drug.
The Hypocrisy of UK Marijuana Laws
Ah, the UK. Great Britain. Good old Blighty. Home of tea obsessions, crumpets, queuing etiquette, Yorkshire puddings (savoury,) and Spotted Dick, (sweet dessert,) poor dental hygiene, plummy sounding vowels and Hollywood villains.
Marijuana as Medicine
Noa Shulman is sitting at her dinner table after a long day of high school. She is eating one of her favorite snacks, mashed sweet potatoes, at the table with her mother. She begins to scream and bite her own arm. Her mother gently comforts her and feeds her more mashed potatoes, and she begins to calm down. Noa is not an average seventeen-year-old girl; she suffers from a very severe form of autism that plagues her with impaired communication, lack of social skills, and very impulsive or repetitive behaviors. Her single mother of three, who also works full time, must feed her, change her diapers, bathe her, and deal with her often-aggressive behavior.
Kathleen DeCaneva: How Cannabis Saved My Life
Today's "Medical Cannabis Success Story" is brought to you by my new friend, fellow massage therapist, and cannabis activist, Kathleen Callahan DeCaneva. Kathleen and I met on Facebook over a year ago. Although we have never met IRL or even had an actual conversation, I "talk" to her every day on social media.
Reasons to Legalize Weed
Let's legalize marijuana. You'd think it would be as easy as saying it, or maybe as easy as rolling up a pearl joint, but even that can get tricky sometimes. As is the case with legalization. No one's died while using marijuana (at least, as far as anyone knows today), and as far as we're concerned there's more benefits in cannabis consumption than practically anything else, besides maybe Bayer Aspirin. So, why isn't it legalized yet?
The System Has Failed
Who was I to decide the fate of a man? How can I be judge, jury, and executioner of someone I have never saw before in my life? What qualifies me for this job? I sit and listen to the differing stories from each person on the stand. I sit in a room with 11 other people who want to believe either he’s guilty or he’s innocent. We only know what we’ve been told. One vote the wrong way could send an innocent man to prison, or set a criminal free. How do we choose? Sure there is evidence on both sides, but which is more compelling? What if we are wrong? What if we are right? What if we believe that since no property or person was injured or damaged, no crime has been committed? We are just 12 people trying to decide who is wrong, and who is right.
Reasons Why Cops Want to Legalize Marijuana
If there's one group that has become seen as a major enemy of the legalization effort, it's the police. Ask anyone who wants to legalize marijuana and they'll probably say that police hate legalization.
A Cannabis Cop? Organized Crime Poses a Threat to Legal Cannabis
Andy Richards was born in Scotland, a long way from where he was brought up in Vancouver, Canada. His dad was a university professor getting his doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His mom was also an academic, with a Masters in biology. They all returned to Canada when Richards was one-year-old, with his older brother, Rob.
The Wild West Revisited
“PROHIBITION ENDS AT LAST!” screams the cover of the latest LA Weekly, the one dated Jan. 1, 2018 — 84 years after the end of the genuine article, in December 1933. The cover of the popular alt-weekly was a bit over the top; Californians have been finding ways around restrictive marijuana laws for years — even as the country incrementally evolved its own position on recreational use. Like the original from the 1930s, the pot prohibition that ended with the year 2017 was, practically speaking, never much of a “prohibition” in the first place.
States Likely to Legalize Marijuana in 2018
Why is marijuana still illegal? It's a good question, one that seems to be asked on a daily basis by many US citizens, most of which use the potent narcotic not simply for its intoxicating high, but for medical purposes, as well. If you take a quick look at the predominantly grey tones covering the state marijuana laws map of the United States, you'll see just how far we still have to go before nation-wide acceptance of the leafy green goodness known as marijuana is finally overturned as a criminal possession and dangerous narcotic. While still many remain skeptical, and even more abide by the notion of its immediately harmful qualities, a majority of the country has risen up against those who feel the need to diminish this highly pleasurable and medicinal plant.