The Great Marijuana Debate

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

drug smugglingSince 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?

Marijuana Edibles Ship Anywhere In The United States

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In case you haven’t heard, there are companies purporting to ship marijuana edibles all across the United States, and even the world. They’re claiming that they ship safely and discretely. Growing up, I was taught that if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Being able to order marijuana from the comfort of your home sounds fantastic. But there’s one small little detail that makes me think this is a farce. That little detail would be the legality issues surrounding marijuana. I don’t think I need to explain how illegal it is to ship any part of the marijuana plant. It’s still a Schedule I drug in the US, which means it’s very illegal. Schedule I drugs have been classified by the US federal government as high abuse potential.

So how is OrderEdiblesOnline.com shipping their edibles nationwide? We decided to dig deeper to see what’s really going on under the hood. While we are fans of cannabis ourselves, this just seemed a little fishy.

The Truth About Marijuana Edibles

Anyone with half a brain should know by now that weed isn’t as bad as it’s been made out to be. The information disseminated about weed through the main media channels is the textbook definition of propaganda.

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What the media has been spewing for decades qualifies as both biased and misleading. They constantly report on make-believe factoids about marijuana but fail to show the good side of the drug. The medical uses for marijuana are vast and widespread, but I have only seen some of the uses mention less than a handful of times. One of my favorite heroes who speaks openly about marijuana is Sanjay Gupta. He is one of the few big-name talking heads that has made his support for medical marijuana very clear. You can read Sanjay’s opinion on medical marijuana to see where he stands.

Even though we believe that marijuana isn’t all that bad for you and that the benefits far outweigh the downside, that doesn’t matter. The reason it doesn’t matter is that it’s still illegal to ship it across the US or internationally. We support responsible weed usage but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s federally illegal in the United States.

We have the war on drugs to thank for this mess. It all started back in 1971 when Nixon decided to go all gung-ho on petty drug crimes. He had is agenda, which many say wasn’t about drugs at all. People from his administration say it was about targeting the antiwar left and blacks. Fresh out of the Jim Crow era, this isn’t a hard concept for people to believe.

What About The Edibles?

Well, after doing a little digging, there are companies that claim to ship edibles but I wouldn’t trust them. Lookup their reputation and chances are you’ll see a bunch of scam complaints. People are trying to buy edibles online left and right and losing a lot of money in the process. As far as the aforementioned company, they’re a little tricky. They are actually shipping different kinds of edibles and cannabis products that only contain trace levels of THC, below the legal limit. While technically the edibles do have some THC in them, they’re not the same as what you’re probably thinking.

 

Marijuana Surging In Popularity And So Are Arrests

Millions of people are wanting marijuana to become recreational nationwide. Millions more are taking to marijuana to cope with their daily problems. Both of these groups are benefiting from the surge in popularity of this special plant.

When it comes to cannabis issues, there are two pro-canna groups. You have the recreational marijuana supporters and you also have the medical marijuana supporters. These are two totally different demographics.

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Source: Marist Poll/Yahoo News

Millennials Lead The Weed Pack

According to a poll conducted by Marist Poll and Yahoo News, Millennials make up 52% of marijuana users. Why might this be? Is it the stereotype of their blatant disdain for authority or their rebellious nature? Who knows. But what’s pretty apparent is that Millennials believe in their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There’s something admirable about a group of young adults that stand up for what they believe in. They are a different breed.

The Baby Boomers were more conservative than the Millennials. Most of them did not approve of their bank investing in marijuana related endeavors. Millennials just don’t give a crap about anything. They’re like the new age hippies or something.

Out of the 22% of people who use marijuana, 52% were Millennials and 71% don’t identify with any particular religion. They were a close split between their political philosophies. A whopping 43% of them identify as democrats with independents coming in at 42%. Only a mere 14% of them identify as republican.

Are Republicans Holding Marijuana Legalization Back?

It doesn’t take too much research to see what the hold up is. Clearly the GOP isn’t fully on board with marijuana. They’re not even fully on board with medical marijuana, much less recreational. You can find numerous articles claiming that the GOP is blocking marijuana-friendly legislation. My question is, why would they want to prevent marijuana-friendly legislation from passing.

Given that this is America that we’re talking about, it’s not rocket science. All the strange political moves seem to fall back to a group of people trying to protect their vested interest. In short, it usually boils down to money. Whether it’s the alcohol industry, the prison industry, or a different industry, you can bet your bottom dollar that there’s big money involved. Both alcohol and prison profits are predicted to take a hit from friendlier marijuana laws.

Marijuana Arrests Are Rising

Even though more states have legalized recreational and medical marijuana than ever, arrests are still on the rise. I’m not too shocked about the rise in marijuana related arrests. The laws are pretty poor even in states where it’s legal to smoke pot. You can still get arrested for attempting to ship marijuana or for smoking in public. Not to mention that people are probably selling their medical marijuana to their friends. I know that happens for a fact. The Marist Poll also showed that most people get their weed from a close friend.

Given the easier access to marijuana, it’s no surprise arrests are on the rise. I think this trend may continue for another term or two until people get used to having easy access to marijuana. I see a lot of people smoking in public and driving cars that smell like MJ smoke. When the taboo nature of marijuana is eradicated and it’s more socially accepted, I think arrests will plummet along with prison profits (just my humble opinion, don’t manage your investments based on my opinion).