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Legalizing Marijuana: Is it a good thing or a bad thing?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by The Hat, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. The Hat

    The HatActive Member Forum Member


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    In the U.S. quite a few states have legalized Marijuana for recreational purposes, while some have only legalized it for medicinal purposes.

    The fact remains that, in spite of the action of these states, on a FEDERAL level, Marijuana still remains ILLEGAL, no matter where you're from, what state you live in, or your medical/health situation.

    However, Cannabidiol (Or CBD) which is derived from the hemp plant is federally legal in all 50 states, since it is NOT Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol. (Or THC, which is the active ingredient in pot that gets you "High")

    While I am for the legalization of Marijuana across the board, there are some concerns that has arisen.

    How would be distributed? How would it be regulated? Would an individual be allowed to grow their own, or would they be forced to by from a store?

    Would people of color benefit from legalization? (Keep in mind, that in the U.S., while the majority of people who smoke pot are white, it is mostly people of color who are serving hard time for Marijuana, weather they were smoking it, selling it, or possessing it, health status notwithstanding)

    Would people who were busted and incarcerated only for pot laws violations have their records wiped cleaned and no longer be burdoned with a criminal record?

    What are YOUR thoughts on the matter?
     

  2. ungovernable

    ungovernableAutonome Staff Member Admin Team Experienced member


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    I've been a cannabis activist for the last 15 years. I had experience in the black market and now in the legal market. I have a prescription for medical cannabis and a ACMPR license to legally grow my own cannabis. I've been following the science researches for years and the different licensed producers involved.

    I recently wrote an article about cannabis legalization on Libertaire.net, a French-speaking forum. The target audience was Europeans but there's a lot of valid arguments for other countries. Here's a link to the translation: Google Translate

    This is a VERY important point. People of color have been disproportionately arrested and imprisoned due to drugs laws, when comparing to white people

    I have a criminal record and after Canada legalized the government announced they will wipe out records. However the USA keeps track of everything and since it's still a federal crime, I am not allowed to enter the USA. This is so stupid.
     
  3. The Hat

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    [/QUOTE]
    I have a criminal record and after Canada legalized the government announced they will wipe out records. However the USA keeps track of everything and since it's still a federal crime, I am not allowed to enter the USA. This is so stupid.[/QUOTE]
    Illinois legalized pot this year at the beginning of June, but the law doesn't take effect until the new year. Governor J.B. Pritzker has promised that people who were arrested for small amounts of possession while have their records cleared of that charge. Hopefully, when the day comes that it is legalized in the U.S. on a federal level, all criminal records regarding possession will be wiped clean. (Let's hope we can elect a president who will be on board for this.)

    The federal pot laws were passed only because Harry J. Anslinger was first cousins with Andrew Mellon, and The Mellon Bank did business with DuPont, and Hearst publishing, and the reasoning behind passing those laws were outright racist.

    I would encourage anybody reading/participating in this thread to find a copy of The Emperor Wears No Clothes by the late Jack Herer. It explains, in detail, the history of the hemp plant, the role it played in the building of the U.S., and why it was outlawed in 1937.
     

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