The world watched as a decade of bad leadership was ousted October 19th, 2015. Since then media has been flooded with questions, suggestions and even some fear mongering fake news stories. As new green ground is being broken all over the globe, interested parties are looking to the prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau in Canada on the edge of their seats to see what form “legalization” will take or if the promise will be up in a puff of smoke. With the Liberal parties platform that the approach currently used in Canada of prohibition will not work.
Those using Cannabis to manage a whole host of conditions are most concerned by the following positions held by the Liberals and Justin Trudeau on the current state of Med-Pot:
“It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug,” said by Liberal officials.
“We don’t yet know exactly what rate we’re going to be taxing it, how we’re going to control it, or whether it will happen in the first months, within the first year, or whether it’s going to take a year or two to kick in,” said Justin when asked about taxing Cannabis during a visit to a Surrey senior centre in BC, 18 days before he was elected.
In a perfect world the public would be consulted as to how to proceed in non-biased sampling. However many feel that education on Cannabis aught to at least be available to the public to make good decisions on the matter.
If those who believe in the healing and non-toxic properties of Cannabis had their way, the grass would be – GRAS – Generally Recognized As Safe overnight! (Something suggested in a previous story “Rona Boils Over Tea and Cookies”). No government would ever take such an aggressive stance, as it would leave nowhere to go. Additionally it seems no official in charge of Canada would ignore all the profits to be made in the Cannabis industry for the sake of public good… it truly doesn’t appear to be a choice they even consider.
The are six things World Cannabis encourages Trudeau absolutely not consider doing, going forward are as follows.
NUMBER 6: DO NOT PROCRASTINATE.
It’s assumed that most Canadians would appreciate there to be a “big picture” plan in place and a progression towards the final goal. It’s understood that several steps and much legislation needs to be hammered out in order to reach a desired state. Prohibition of Cannabis in Canada has been very long and full of misinformation breeding ignorance on the subject. With so many hurdles it is suggested that a time frame for initial goals be set in place to discourage procrastination.
NUMBER 5: DO NOT CLOSE DISPENSARIES.
Aside from not closing them, not stocking their shelves with the large producers’ products which are licensed with (LP) Health Canada is just as important, doing so would not only increase the individuals involved in the transaction but there are things done to those products that most informed users do not want done to their Cannabis. Irradiating being number one on the list of unwanted processes done by LP’s.
Cannabis consumers and those using it medicinally appreciate the “farmer’s market” or “micro growery” type of access that Dispensaries afford them. Closing them across the country would be a phenomenal setback to safe access to the plant. Do not close dispensaries, Justin.
NUMBER 4: DO NOT BAN HOME CULTIVATION.
Currently on trial are medical patients’ right to cultivate their medicine at a reasonable price. Health Canada arbitrarily decided to remove the long standing element of it’s Med-Pot regime, in fact they scrapped the old program entirely in favour of single source access creating a monopoly for the lucky few that were approved to sell Cannabis legally.
For the existing medical sector, very generous provisions need to be made. If any sectionneeds special consideration and not to be taxed, but subsidized it’s medical. The Liberals need the public to make sure that Med-Pot is being carefully looked after to ensure quality of life for thousands of Canadian citizens.
NUMBER 3: DO NOT FOLLOW THE WASHINGTON STATE MODEL.
Washington State basically did all of the above. While technically on the books first to legalize, Washington allowed Colorado to steal the limelight when legislation was ready on time thus making Colorado the first to enact recreational Cannabis laws. Procrastination led Washington State down an indecisive slope that slipped away. Reported earlier this year Washington State has overhauled it’s medical program to include recreational Cannabis, eventually squeezing Med-Pot out altogether.
The course plotted in Washington State is one of petty arguments and greedy intentions. The very idea of allowing home cultivation to cut into the recreational weed market was too poor a choice to consider, rendering the sick and dying helpless to combat disease. Writer and ACLU attorney Alison Holcomb, claim that ballot initiative 502 was written conservatively in order to gain voter appeal, furthermore this and other issues could be ironed out in the coming years.
Thus far Washington State is the only jurisdiction that has legalized Cannabis yet bans home production. Canada does not need to be number two.
NUMBER 2: DO NOT CONTINUE TO PROSECUTE CANNABIS CHARGES.
Of course one hopes that the Canadian government repeals the prohibition on Cannabis, this may not be their goal. Decriminalizing or legalizing, yet keeping fines and tickets in place is not the direction that the majority of Canadians want to go. Cannabis users most certainly do not want to keep looking over their shoulder. How you handle this will set the tone Mr. Trudeau. Consider the will of the people and good of the public from the public’s own point of view sir, please and thank you.
NUMBER 1: DO NOT ABANDON THE MEDICAL SECTOR.
Already stated in this article the medicinal use of Cannabis is to be supported, cared for and subsidized… but Why? It was a mistake from the beginning for Health Canada to set their approved access point Prairie Plant Systems medical price per gram based on the street value of $10 a gram. Understandably it will be a challenge to define the differences and adequately provide for them both, it can be done though.
The economic value is yet to be harnessed due to lack of infrastructure and confusion surrounding Hemp or Cannabis law. Industrial applications of the plant will not only exchange expensive hard to replace resources with low-cost renewable resources, the Hemp and Cannabis alternatives will also improve the environmental impact of the revised consumer goods.