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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.