Fortunately, at the time of this writing, many nations have eased their once prohibitive stances on the use of cannabis. However, that still is not the case for the majority of the world. From the localities that have approved the use of cannabis, we have proven models of how either recreational and/or medical cannabis programs and legislation can be rolled out, and we can use those as the base for a standardized process in the future to initiate the transition for prospective municipalities. Aside from the benefit of being provided a template to base the transition to legalization on, we also get to see the many benefits that come from the approved use of this plant – such as economic growth through tourism, tax revenue, business licenses – this has both a positive effect on the economy, and a reduced public health risk by decreasing drunk driving, domestic abuse, complications from other drugs ( overdose, alcohol abuse, inhalant abuse, prescription drug abuse, etc.).
The general consensus among the scientific community is that the main psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, THC, is not a deadly drug. Meaning, that the side effects from regular use, extended. and overuse of the compound do not contribute to any significant consequences physically, unlike alcohol or tobacco. Additionally, when contrasted to the the both regulated and unregulated pharmacological substances that are allowed by law, many reports show that those drugs actually elicit more dangerous effects than that caused by THC consumption – despite their legal status.
The cannabis plant is a hardy one, it grows natively in many areas of the world and requires little maintenance outside of period watering. For this reason, it would be a great revenue earning crop for farmers/cultivators, however, because of the nonlegal status of cannabis in the majority of the world, many farmers are forced to grow crops which may yield less profit, be costlier to grow, require manual labor, and so on. These people could benefit greatly from the acceptance and need for legal cannabis in the future – not only that, the consumer, and the governments would all benefit from this!
For this reason, among many others, we believe it is critical to support the reform of cannabis worldwide. There are thousands of benefits that the cannabis plant may be able to offer. The legalization of cannabis will not only bolster our arsenal of pharmaceutical knowledge, but will also offer people safer alternatives to the already-existent treatments that may have severe side effects (opioids, barbituates, chemotherapy, etc.). Additionally, legalization will provide more economic opportunities for both the governments and individuals involved.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency based in the United States which regulates the sale and manufacture of both all food items, and all pharmaceutical drugs intended for human consumption. The FDA is committed to ensuring that the health of the general public is not at stake. Despite cannabis being illegal on the federal level in the U.S., the FDA does support scientific research involving the use of cannabis.
We support the legalization of cannabis because it has been proven through in-depth research that this compound has more health benefits than the risks involved in its use. Studies show that legalizing cannabis may decrease the annual crime rates in those areas. People want to be allowed to smoke, drink, vape, or consume in general without fear of legal repercussions.
Legal cannabis products are highly regulated by the governing agencies permitting their use. These products are subject to strict purity standards, extensive laboratory testing for potency, compliant packaging/labelling, restrictive advertising, serving standardization, and many other rules to ensure that the public is only getting the finest, safest quality products for consumption.
It is for these reasons why we began this movement at Legal LEAF – we see the benefits in legalization; want to help people treat their ailments, earn their money, grow their plants – we don’t want to sit around and watch people lose their freedoms because they use cannabis – we will fight for legalization around the world, and we will fight to enjoy our lives.
Do you live somewhere where cannabis is illegal, and you want that to change? Do you live somewhere where cannabis is legal, but you think its unfair how people can lose their whole lives to a prison sentence based on a marijuana charge? There is now a way for you to make your voices heard – come join us here at Legal LEAF, where you can support the cause, help your fellow stoners, and most importantly, where you can grab a bag.Resources: