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.
“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.
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.
Recreational marijuana users are looked down on by many people in society. People are called trashy, good for nothing, and “bums” because of their use of a plant. Marijuana has been proven to be less harmful than alcohol and cigarette use, so the underlying question is: why? Although cannabis has some effects to the usage of it, alcohol usage causes a greater effect, yet businesses allow it to be distributed without the blink of an eye. In the long run, the sale of weed will boost the economy and may lessen criminal charges that are added into the crime rate. Marijuana should be legal because it is proven to be less harmful than various substances sold daily in society and was made illegal because of poorly researched information by the government in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
Imagine a set of fraternal twins one of them is Mary and the other is named Henry, Mary is a popular girl in school and loves to go to parties and Henry is more reserved and focuses on his work but still gets in trouble with his parents because of Mary’s actions. Now what if I told you that Mary and Henry were actually Hemp and Marijuana? Hemp aka Cannabis Sativa is the lesser known cousin to Marijuana aka Cannabis indica. Hemp is an extremely useful crop but has been through controversy due to its relation to marijuana.
While most modern-day parents seem more than happy for their children to go out on an alcohol-infused bender every weekend, they are less pleased by the thought that their child might be out there high as a kite on some class A party drug, and fair enough. If this is the case though, why are drug and rave cultures still such a mass part of modern society and more so, why are they brushed under the carpet and hidden from society as though the person taking the drug is a sin in themselves?
Cannabis is currently a class B drug in the UK. This puts it in the same category as dangerous drugs, such as amphetamines. Then, take alcohol, for instance. It is completely legal, but there were 8,758 alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2015. This seems insane when cannabis has never killed anyone and alcohol is connected to many long-term side effects such as liver disease and cancer. Currently, if you are arrested for possession of marijuana you can receive up to five years in prison and a fine. There have been 87,247 marijuana-related cases since 2015, costing the police £31 million. All of that money was spent over a plant that has been proven to possess medicinal properties.
Here we are, a day in age that most never thought they would see. marijuana slowly but surely becoming decriminalized state by state. Whether you're for it, against it, or caught between leaning no one way, Mary Jane is tackling obstacles with no sweat. With this, of course, brings up other matters that have people talking.
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