I write this knowing full well it may offend some of the everyday people I know, but just know this, I believe there are proven cases where cannaboids give significant aid in prolonging health and life longevity. There is also some proof that prolonged early years use may cause a certain brain development deficiencies. But let's not confuse the two which is often the case.
has won the 1st round in court arguing "Everyone has the right to access medicine including home grown / natural remedies" according to our constitution.
The previous government has been fighting this insisting they control all growing and distribution for medical purposes, and that distribution outlets be set up and controlled by the state using state controlled partners only. In other words a monopoly. Problem is they're bad at it.
|Aurora-Newmarket Liberal MP Kyle Peterson expected to act|
One can't argue it would need be regulated somewhat, and rules in place to protect children from access, including packaging forms that appear like cake, cookies, candies and such but in the end I believe a side by side model could work, where sales to minors and unlicensed transfers would still be an offense and in the case of sales to minors a serious one. You sell alcohol to a kid there are criminal charges - especially if that kid hurts someone. Same deal here. Do I think marijuana is a miracle cure all for everything out there? No. But it does work well for some specific illnesses...and not so well known is that certain forms do not use the psychoactive ingredient THC but separate it out, while other forms can turn it inactive unless heated.
|John Lennon once met with PM Pierre Trudeau regarding marijuana|
George Chuvalo, Canada's one time Heavy Weight Boxing champ lost two sons to drug overdoses. His son always told his dad to tell them the gateway drug was tobacco,
" Nicotine from a tobacco cigarette is often the first addictive poison a young person will introduce to their bodies"
The next is often alcohol...Enough said about the problems associated with alcohol, and we regulate all those. Let's not kid ourselves here, almost anyone of us could find some pot if we wanted so this will just relieve some of the tension for the casual user with an option now to buy "legally", but don't think for a minute it will eliminate the street trade because of it. That's a "pipe" dream.
One last thought...With crime on the definite increase in and around the GTA and York Region, much of which seem desperation crimes - property crimes and crimes involving drugs led by addictions to young people caught up in a vicious cycle that almost always ends with a tragedy, something needs done. It could be a home invasion, a drunk driver death, their own death, overdose, loss of all friends and family and connection to society and then...
How can we stop such cycles? We can just jail them as we do, or have an option to treat the root cause for some. Treat the root - Dug / alcohol addictions, to targeted young men and women, who, instead of being sentenced to a life of a recurring cycle, would like an opportunity to be sentenced to an intense, locked - in rehab for a period of time without getting a lifelong criminal record should they finish, including having ongoing check-ins and supports while moving back into the / a community. And offer
This needs to be offered before they elevate to those more serious criminal offenses from where there is no turning back. It could be made offered to mostly entry level "first timer" conviction types to those deemed sincere about wanting to make change.
Whether the addiction be for a physically addictive one, alcohol or even marijuana users if they are fully dependent to get by day to day but not for medical reasons and want to regain control of their lives as an option instead of jail, it should be offered. Otherwise disillusioned drug addicts and its web that pulls them in and holds them there. And the crime that goes with it will continue to grow bigger.