Differentiating facts from propaganda is a full time job, especially when it comes to marijuana. We all know that several countries have declared a war on drugs. The United States of America heads the list among the most notable countries to have decided to wage war on the people over recreational drug use. Some people have even gone to jail for using weed medically. This is not a question of legality, but rather morality. Using weed is illegal in many countries, but it’s not immoral. Morally, there is nothing wrong with weed. Millions of people are not aware of this because they’ve been fed the war on drugs propaganda. Many people have ostracized family members over their marijuana use, simple because they’ve been fed a bag of lies. Today we’re going to take a look at some statistics aiming to shed light on the true nature of marijuana.
Most Trafficked Drugs
Since drugs are illegal in many countries, people have resorted to smuggling and trafficking drugs in large quantities. Among the most trafficked drugs is cannabis. It ranks third on the list of trafficking offenses, right under powdered cocaine and two spots under methamphetamine. This doesn’t mean that it’s the third most trafficked drug. It means that it’s the third most prosecuted drug trafficking offense. It’s impossible to tell which one is trafficked the most, but the offenses are a big clue. This gives us a glimpse into just how popular marijuana is. People risk their freedom every day, just to be able to sell marijuana to street users. These users are usually recreational users, but it also includes medical users who purchase it on the street. As you can see, the demand is huge worldwide.
Medical Value of Cannabis
Whether people use weed recreationally or medically, it doesn’t change the facts. Weed is one of the most medically valuable plants on earth. People all around the world are reaping the medical benefits of bud, and it’s changing lives. The benefits include things as minute as making people feel happier and more energized to providing relief for cancer patients. Not only does it provide pain relief from torturous chemotherapy treatments, it also may be able to help rid the body of cancer cells. More research is needed to determine the efficacy of weed in relation to killing cancer cells, but what little research has been conducted is looking pretty promising. Other medical benefits to using weed include chronic pain relief, help coming off opioids, epilepsy relief, nausea relief among a long list of other uses.
Some of these benefits can be attained by using marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin, hemp, but not all of them. Hemp products like CBD are becoming more well-known among people who don’t want to feel high but want the medicinal benefits of weed. Marijuana bloggers at happyweedlife.com cover both forms of cannabis so you can learn about them both and make an educated decision on which is right for you.
Marijuana Related Arrests
In 2016, roughly 600,000 people were arrested for possessing marijuana in the United States of America. Even though more states have decriminalized weed or adopted recreational & medical marijuana laws, arrests are on the rise. Not only does this not make much sense, it’s also crazy expensive. Inmates have to be clothed, housed, and fed. Police have to be paid. Paying police with tax dollars to arrest the taxpayers for using a drug that’s legal in some capacity in roughly half of the US is ridiculous. The citizens also have to foot the bill for the inmates, which costs billions of dollars every year. Millions of people are in jail or prison for marijuana related charges. Housing just one inmate on average costs $31,977.65 (2015), according to federalregister.gov. That’s more than some people make in a year. Again I must mention, some of these inmates are in prison for using weed to help with their medical conditions.
Where Shoud The Line Be Drawn?
We know cannabis has lots of value medicinally, but it’s also illegal. Is it just to arrest cancer patients for consuming Rick Simpson Oil or any other form of marijuana? When do the people put their foot down and say, enough is enough?
The war on drugs has been taxing on our finances and on the psyche of both law enforcement and the general population, but something has to give. Will the people bend to the will of the government or will the government give in to the appetite of the public?