Marijuana it all goes up in 420 smoke anyway! But Canada is still a huffin and a puffin to make it legal!

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Decriminalization of Marijuana: Should Law Lead Social Change or Should Law respond to Social Change? Social change is upon us. Cannabis as it is preferred to be called as won over most of the United States and has become legal in 23 Legal Medical Marijuana States and DC. We do understand DC, as of places that state was well noted for pot heads, since Abe Lincoln took over America. But I digress and this is so ever serious. In Canada its still a case or parsing over …well everything. There is a long list of very juvenile complaints, warrants and the poverty of justice that appeals to certain aspects of Canadian government. As it stands thus far – Canadians buying legal marijuana have a much slimmer selection than their American counterparts. That’s because Health Canada-licensed producers are allowed to sell only dried cannabis through the mail to registered patients and must stay away from “edibles” or other forms of the drug that are regulated south of the border. You should have a look at Amy Anonymous has she discuss Amy’s edibles and the ridiculous issues of Canada’s all be it Ontario versus British Columbia Cannabis laws. 

  • On March 20, 2015, patients and activists from across the country will descend upon the Supreme Court of Canada to witness the first medical cannabis case ever heard by the high court. The lower courts of BC ruled the federal medical cannabis programs to be unconstitutional because they prohibit cannabis derivatives.  Instead of abiding by these decisions, Health Canada has both filed appeals and completely changed the regulatory scheme, discarding the original Marijuana Medical Access Regulations for the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.

In a voir dire, sometimes referred to as a trial within a trial, Justice Johnson of the Supreme Court of BC ruled the law was unconstitutional. At the core was the legal principle of standing.

Amy Brown takes us on her journey as she as a Baker and Dispensary. Amy’s activism is joined by many voices in particular  veteran Ted Smith.

http://youtu.be/YF2ZqQZzY6U

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Social change and correlation of it with the law is a blended issue where the debate includes many thoughts. How and what is socially acceptable or unacceptable is historically derived from and for a collective group. The citizenry and the state have a multi-layered relationship where a power struggle dictates many factors of law, civil society and livelihood. When and how one takes over the other without civil un-rest is the foundation of a democracy.

Social change does rest in the hands of the civil society dictating the law itself and in order to establish this argument this paper will look at the medical benefits of marijuana by authenticating democratic values through majority rule and the problems of the law dictating social issues and social change.

The legalization of marijuana is a debated issue however in the realm of modern medicine it has proven to have several benefits  Typically the argument is made that if marijuana is to become legal it would rapidly spread and become a normative drug in society. It is important to also understand that at the core of the debate lays the notion of democratic values and freedoms.

A democratic state is answerable to its people. The decision making power lies within the hands of the masses and it is important to include popular opinion into the legislative process. This popular opinion has already influenced the laws in Washington State and in other parts of the US and is mirrored by the same legal cause and their effects in Canada. In the Consequences and Costs of Marijuana Prohibition (Beckett and Herbert) several points were discussed.

The Increase of Marijuana arrests did not achieve the goal of Marijuana prohibition. The price of Marijuana decreased and the potency increased and user rates increased. The overall costs of Marijuana prohibition are considerable. The law enforcement costs consume significant fiscal and organizational resources that need to be allocated to more immediate public safety goals. And decriminalization of Marijuana and re prioritizing enforcement of Marijuana lead to no increase of marijuana uses.It seems to the public that Marijuana usage is still associated with criminal or anti social behavior, much as alcohol was stigmatized as a polarizing influence in the cases of those who committed crimes.  In a 2008, report by Chantal Collin, Political and Social Affairs Division,  it states that after tobacco (and I would insert Marijuana here as tobacco smoking is indulged for the same reasons that Marijuana is now smoked, to relax and to stimulate)  alcohol is the second most psychoactive substance that causes the greatest harm in terms of  legal, health and societal costs that affects our country, Canada. Canadian society hosts a staggering cost of this alcoholic, substance abuse, to the amount of, circa 2002, $14.6 billion dollars. Social costs are defined as death and illness that affect us economically. In contrast, illegal drugs, including marijuana are at $8.2 billion.

These statistics assist us in understanding why marijuana should be legalized in much the same way that alcohol is. And it leads to other defining links between alcohol and Marijuana.

Blacks are today still easy targets for any type of lawful scrutiny and arrests, and many have led in the past to drug related arrests. But the reasons for that are not necessarily linked to actual possession or dealing offences but more to a societal trap of being disenfranchised from society for generations. There once was a belief that African Americans were “congenital thieves-born criminals.” Today it is seen that a similar disproportionate representation of African Americans are in the criminal justice system. activities

As of February 24, 2010, the Headlines in Seattle, Washington stated that Police keep up Pot arrests Mostly of Black People. This article by Dominic Holden, stated that, “ Black people are more likely to be arrested, the records indicate. Of the arrestees, 18 of them were Black and 14 were white even though only 8.2 % of the city’s population is black but 68.9 percent of the city’s population is white.”

Also while the ethnicity of the race involved fit a historical profile,18 Blacks, it was similar to the 14 whites, that was also involved with the purchasing of these illegal drugs. To explain how disenfranchisement works and how one race is stereotypically focused on and why I would indicate that the African-Americans may look like the culprits and that the “whites” may play a role in this marginalization, I offer the following facts, from Dr. Kirk Harris, regarding criminalization and how it relates to the “War on Drugs”. Five states in the US have the largest Black male felon population that lose their voting rights and are moved to white rural communities. This causes the white communities to benefit financially, from the increased prison population, electorally. Increased population means increased federal funding. The “War on Drugs” campaign began as a result of this process, the alienated race and class, the Black male displaced into a white neighborhood may seem to fall back on illegal activities to support themselves. Selling drugs is one of these activities (The Criminal Justice system, Reproducing the Badges and Incidents of Slavery, by Kirk Harris, Family and Corrections Network, 2003, Dr. Kirk Edward Harris, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning, U of Milwaukee )

Nowadays, others arrests make headlines for users that were busted due to their medical usage of Marijuana. Today, due to the medicalization of Marijuana, many countries, especially Canada as it was the first to legitimize Marijuana support an enlightened view on Marijuana as a medicine. Medical marijuana was, from the start, a back door to legalization, and now it’s that door is wide open. If cannabis was a so-called established as normal, medical remedy, it can be sold in pharmacies under prescription from your doctor.  In Canada, Medical Marijuana is easily accessible with many doctors prescribing it for Aids and Cancer and for related illnesses like Hepatitis C. Marijuana growth is sanctioned under Canadian Law by private intervals to grow marijuana under the guise of new MMAR laws (Beverly O’Malley, Medical Marijuana Access Regulations in Canada.) Perhaps, Canada took note of the state of California findings that Marijuana could bring in 1.4 Billion dollars in revenue.

The intriguing question of Decriminalization of Marijuana: Should Law Lead Social Change or Should Law respond to Social Change? The overall effect is that due to social influences laws have changed. I had to look at history once again and the US Prohibition defied established logic and proper legislative process. Instead of outlawing alcohol, prohibitionists created a grass roots movement and gained support for a constitutional amendment. Legislators, do bend to the will of the people. Prohibition, was the result of active groups which influenced a policy that the majority of people did not support. Much as, Canada’s weed movements have taken over the call and set in motion changes to be made by the Canadian Senate. “Marijuana should be legalized, and its production, distribution, and consumption should be regulated as part of an integrated drug policy, a committee of the Canadian Senate has recommended.”

Further in that issue was a remarkable quote, Nady El-Guebaly, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at the University of Calgary and president of the International Society of Addiction Medicine “There is a growing consensus in Canada that the possession of marijuana should be decriminalized, and most physicians are in support of that, but the report is going a step forward with claims that the dangers of marijuana are no more than those of alcohol.”

El-Guebaly, stated that Canada’s drug policy is one of “harm reduction”—a strategy to emphasize preventing the bio-physiological and social harm of drug use. Especially, as it has been established to cost so much money to Canadian taxpayers. In contrast to the  U.S.A’s   “war on drugs”  campaign, which is a supply reduction. Harm reduction would focus resources on demand reduction, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. (Mark Moran, Canadian Lawmakers Rethink Marijuana Laws Psychiatric News October 18, 2002 ,Volume 37 Number 20 Page 18)

Canada has had a huge change in policy from 1961, when you faced 7 years of imprisonment to September 2002, when a Senate  committee led by Pierre Claude Nolin reported that marijuana not only be decriminalized, it should be legalized all together. It not only should be legalized but if industry went behind the Hemp industry we can revitalize our flagging economy. All in Favour Say Aye!

http://theweek.com/speedreads/558133/new-research-suggests-huntergatherers-used-form-medical-marijuana

http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881

http://cannabisdigest.ca/supreme-court-extract-case-set-march/

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