Thursday, July 18, 2013

Parents Say 21, I Say 18 (cannabis)

Recently, conducted a survey where many parents gave their suggestions as to what the age of cannabis use should be. Parents believe the ages should be 21 years of age. Many of the parents also believe cannabis advertising should be banned (90%) and the majority of parents also believe that cannabis use causes brain damage on still developing brains.

I have a few issues with these results. Not because of what people are saying (they're just voicing their opinions) but because some of these results just don't make any sense. Tobacco can be advertised right outside a store or even magazine and many alcoholic beverages are advertised almost everywhere. You can see an alcoholic advertisement on TV, hear them on the radio, see them on the Internet, and so on and so forth. Cannabis, a much safer substance, has many parents believing that no marijuana should be allowed to be advertised, anywhere. If companies can promote their dangerous products then companies should be allowed to advertise theirs. Though, I believe cannabis should strictly be owned by local businesses and not huge corporations (see why I believe so right here) I still think local businesses should be allowed to advertise their products since this future product causes much less harm. We have local brewers that advertise around town, local growers should be allowed to promote themselves as well.

Now, the majority of parents also think you should be 21 to purchase cannabis, I think it should be 18 and here's why. Binge drinking has become more common recently among teens and cannabis use among adolescence has also risen. It has nothing to do with medical marijuana laws, why it's been hitting the news recently is beyond me right now. Let me make this clear, anybody who has a connection to a dealer willing to sell to them will more than likely buy the dealer's product. The drug of choice among teens is cannabis. Why's that? Well, in order to buy cannabis you just need to find a dealer. You don't need to be 21 or have any proof of age, you just need cash and a way to meet up with the dealer. If the cannabis use age is 21 and cannabis growing companies are not allowed to advertise their products then alcohol can certainly become more appealing to teenagers. Cannabis, being safer, is a much healthier substance for people to use in general, especially adolescents. If we make the cannabis use age 18 then adolescents will have an easier time obtaining it. You can buy tobacco at 18 and tobacco kills around 400,000 Americans every year, not a single person has ever overdose on marijuana and cannabis related deaths in general are very low (counting car crashes and what not. They happen, it's just rare).

Throughout my high school life I have attended four high schools. Often I would see students go to school stoned. Hell, I've been stoned in school myself. It almost always threw my concentration off but I didn't fall into any negative effects beyond not being able to pay much attention. When I was a little buzzed it was fine. It was rare for me to see students walk into school buzzed off some sort of alcohol and when they were buzzed, often they would fall over since, you know, high schoolers tend to be light weights. I've witnessed many dumb ass things when teenagers get drunk. Teens may be kinda dumb when they're stoned but they're much less willing to run around, fuck, or cause problems in general. When people get stoned they usually just wanna relax and people of younger age tend to get so stoned off a few hits that they don't wanna walk. The chances of a teenager getting behind the wheel when they're high, from my experience, is much less common and when they're high behind the wheel, they don't drive nearly as bad as when they're drunk. If you make the cannabis use age 18 you potentially lower the chances of teens binge drinking, and nobody wants an alcoholic teenager on their hands. You can't wipe out drug and alcohol us from teens but you can steer teens to a better path of safety.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Why You Should Boycott Corporate Cannabis

Corporate cannabis currently doesn't exist, but James Shively, an ex-Microsoft manager, plans on making it a reality. Recently, Shively announced that he plans on creating a brand of marijuana by first buying out marijuana dispensaries. Next, he plans on importing "high quality" marijuana from Mexico. This businesses idea was just unveiled and already Shively wants to outsource his sources for cannabis. Shively and former Mexican president, Vicente Fox, plan on pursuing both nations, the United States and Mexico, to loosen and ultimately legalize marijuana. Normally this would be a good thing, our cause for fighting for the legalization of cannabis needs as much support as possible. The only reason why Shively wants cannabis to be legalized is so he can capitalize on it. He told Retures, "It’s a giant market in search of a brand. We would be happy if we get 40 percent of it worldwide." Forty percent, eh? That's a huge number.

We know what's happening, but why is having one major brand such a big deal? Well, for starters, let's use the tobacco industry as an example. The tobacco industry is known for using radioactive fertilizers to pump out as much product as possible. Tobacco companies are also known for adding extra, highly addictive, ingredients to their products (rat poison being one of the most notable). Another problem is genetically modifying the seeds. There are a handful of corporations out there that sell genetically modified seeds and the largest of them all is Monsanto. Monsanto's seeds have been known to cause a slew of problems and recently, millions of people around the world protested against Monsanto. Monsanto's corn has also been recently proven to cause rapid tumor growth in mice. Having a company alter cannabis seeds is a contradiction in itself. The science between cannabis and cancer go hand in hand as THC has been known to rapidly kill off cancer cells. Many people have even reported curing themselves completely of cancer by injecting highly concentrated THC into the tumors, though most doctors deny such a thing exists (it's their job, you can't blame them. The federal government won't let them recommend marijuana to patients for anything.).

There is only one thing we can do. It's been proven to be effective during the segregation struggle and the bus lines in the south: boycott. We cannot let this giant corporation become a reality. Cannabis has been thrown into an underground market and that underground market has a variety of standards. I'm afraid that our standards will diminish and people will buy low quality cannabis, from Mexico, through a giant corporation. This cannabis can end up being very harmful to its users. It will most likely not be organic in the slightest. Corporations don't focus on quality, they focus on quantity. They want to eliminate their competitors, instead of embracing them. When corporations lose competition, we lose quality and our standards diminish. History has proven this time and time again.

You can start by ending this corporation before it grows too far. Shively is looking for ten million dollars for start-up costs. If you just happen to be one of those possible investors, please reconsider investing in such a terrible idea. To everyone else, spread the word! Start informing people, start informing the world and help stop this conglomerate from growing!

Source: RT
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Revolution

2013 just happened and so have our resolutions. The Cannabis Revolution continues, and somehow these are all linked. Last year was an incredible leap for the Cannabis Revolution in the United States and there's no reason why 2013 can't be just as, or more effective in fighting for our cause, the legalization of marijuana! Two states legalized marijuana and many others have legalized it for medicinal purposes, though only one legalized it for medicinal purposes last election season. Last year was historical, this year can land its mark on history as well even though it's not a major year for law reform. This year, we're going to see the positive effects on Washington's and Colorado's passed inititives, well, at least we hope we do. When we see what happens to these two states people will most likely be more confident about supporting the legalization of marijuana in their states, let alone in their country. This may influence not just Americans, but people of other nations as well where marijuana prohibition has plagued millions.

Next year we're expecling a slew of states to bring marijuana legalizaion to their ballots. Oregon and California will no doubt try once again to legalize cannabis. With Oregon being very close to passing a bill, a bill which was poorly written, we should see an esclation of support amongst Oregon residents if a well written bill is created. California is inching their way towards legalization, many people even thought California would be the first state to legalize marijuana but sadly their bill was defeated in 2010. With large amounts of propaganda being filled on the radio, television, and Internet for California citizens, many people were afraid of legalization. Bullshit websites such as one that showed a turned over school bus that stated that school bus drivers could smoke marijuana when on the job struck fear into many people, even though it was clear that if one were to drive under the influence that anybody driving high would get a DUI, and we all know how harsh the punishments for DUIs are.

Amist the issues of lies and excuses lies hope. With a small amount of effort to head to the voting booth and doing something as simple as sharing information over socail networking sites, we can see more change happening. Information is all over the Internet, just ignore the government's lies about cannabis and keep informed on your local politics. Petitions will most likely go around a dozzen states this year calling for the legaliation of marijuana. 2013 is a key year, the first full year where two states will have legal marijuana, but we can't soley rely on the hopeful example they may set. Though Washington and Colorado are the keys, we are the hands, and without people to unlock the door to ending prohibition, the door will remain shut.

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