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Legal Cannabis in Canada and my thoughts on the matter

My thoughts

I was born in the United States but now call Canada my home. On October 17th of 2018 cannabis becomes legal for recreational use in this lovely country. Now before we go on, let me just state the following details of the new law that I think are important to talk about when you look at the Canadian approach to the legalization of pot.

Here are the details people 18 years and older will be allowed to

  • possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis, dried or equivalent in non-dried form in public
  • share up to 30 grams of legal cannabis with other adults
  • buy dried or fresh cannabis and cannabis oil from a provincially-licensed retailer
  • grow, from licensed seed or seedlings, up to 4 cannabis plants per residence for personal use
  • make cannabis products, such as food and drinks, at home as long as organic solvents are not used to create concentrated products

Another freaked out point I found on the Cannabis act was that edible will not be legal in the first year of the law going into effect.

So possession will be restricted to the following

  • 5 grams of fresh cannabis
  • 15 grams of edible product
  • 70 grams of liquid product
  • 0.25 grams of concentrates (solid or liquid)
  • 1 cannabis plant seed

All the details of what I am talking about and more can be found at the following button link.

Canadian department of justice laws on cannabis

The Canadian government, after long consultations with officials from the state of Colorado came up with the following restrictions. Hopefully these laws will be active and go into effect with precision and great capability. The government is very specific on not allowing adults to sell the cannabis to youth or use youth to commit a cannabis related offense.

A little bit about myself

I used to smoke pot on weekends from the age of around 14 or 15 to the age of 18. It was never a passion for me and, for some reason, the specific type of high was not something that was that appealing to me. Sure I enjoyed my share of the munchies, existential thought voyages, and fits of sincere strong laughter but, for all pot smokers there is a little thing called the DOWN. Where you feel that ever so present wane off  the high and the onset of normal reality setting in. The downs, for me, became longer and longer to the point where smoking a joint eventually defeated the purpose plain and simple. I am to this day, as far as getting stoned is concerned, someone who moderates. My weapon of choice is now wine.

My take on this

What I love

I believe that, like prohibition, the legalization of pot is very similar to alcohol in the sense that because pot will be legal, many people will indeed be getting a more controlled supply of cannabis. Because pot is not being smuggled or controlled by criminal elements anymore, it can be monitored, taxed and verified by more stringent and scientific guidelines. New strains can be tested, warning labels can be made and tax income from the sale of pot can be used to better inform consumers about the benefits of pot in general.

What I fear

Make no mistake pot, like alcohol is a mind altering substance. Realize that I do not have a problem with that. As Bob Dylan once said. Everybody must get stoned. I believe that all depends on the way the public is informed on the drug. I fear that because pot will be legal, it will also be seen as good. Like every drug, there are down sides but I fear that the drug might be seen as just a fantasic alternative to alcohol and that the side effects will be ignored. The fact that it is a stepping stone drug, that it is no better for the lungs than cigarettes must be considered by legislators and, most importantly, by users

I also fear that all things legislated by an elected government will always be subject to bureaucracy. I just hope that for a substance that will need a great deal of understanding and quickness to its implementation, we will be relying on an institution known for its lack of understanding and responsiveness.

 

 

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