“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?” - Willie Nelson
With the cannabis industry in the process of becoming legal and the governments creating new rules and regulations. There is still an unnecessary situation that was created by cannabis being illegal. For years, people have been misinformed which lead to ridicule when concerning cannabis. People have been arrested, their lives affected. The change is going to be unnecessarily difficult for people and families.
It's a bigger issue than most people would like to admit. The numbers are staggering how many people have been arrested and/or imprisoned for either consuming cannabis or selling to people who need it. If you care to do your own research, you will clearly see there are many more benefits to cannabis then negative. Cannabis should be categorized away from harmful substances and considered an herbal medicine.
“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.” - Bob Marley
The schools have taught the children how to recognize drugs, sell drugs and use drugs. In the hopes youth will be able to make smart choices when faced with drugs on the streets. Or can recognize when family or friends are involved with drugs and call the authorities. Does the government ensure our children learn their ‘smart serve’? Doesn’t alcohol consummation deserve knowledge and readiness? Hasn’t alcohol killed enough people or destroyed enough families to make ‘smart serve’ mandatory? We need education programs that teach what is good about cannabis and how it can benefit our health. A course similar to smart serve or add it to the smart serve course and provide it to our youth.
“It is beyond my comprehension that any humane person would withhold such a beneficial substance from people in such great need simply because others use it for different purposes.” - Steven Gould
Long term stigma and misunderstanding of cannabis has created a situation that has been spiraling out of control for centuries. We need to rewrite cannabis’ story and create a new history for the substance. I believe this can be achieved only if the frightened come out of their closets and let their faces shine in the light and share their stories and dreams. If the cannabis community bands together and supports each other, what is there to be afraid of? Most people choose to stay quite out of ridicule, shame and judgment. For example; a mother could choose to walk into the light but risks her children not understanding and judging her as a criminal. Or at school her children could be ridiculed and left out of playdates or parties. As a mother these risks bring shame; for not protecting her family. How about a man at work that speaks up; cannabis helps his anxiety and he explains this to his boss. His improved performance is thanks to cannabis. He feels safe momentarily enough to share, why not? He’s been at his job for years and he’s great with the boss and his co-workers are friends. His work is appreciated and there’s documented proof. The cannabis is legally prescribed from a doctor and has had a positive effect on the man’s life so far. Next day, he is fired and none of his work-related friends want contact with him. He has been judged and treated like a criminal. If he was diabetic and insulin was improving his performance, do you think he still would have been fired and disassociated with?
A young woman at the prime of her life gets cancer; her doctor and family pressure her to start chemo but she has been educated and knows the negative effects. She knows there is alterative options with cannabis but her family and doctor are strongly against it. Her family refuses to trust her and understand because the lack of certified information about the benefits for cannabis. She doesn’t want to be left alone in her battle against cancer, so she gives into the pressures and starts chemo. Unfortunately, the chemo proves to be too toxic for her young body and she loses the battle. I can’t help but ask; if her family didn’t have a negative option about cannabis, would she have had a chance at survival? So many wasted lives for such a stupid reason.
"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." - The Holy Bible
There are powerful quotes out there from credited voices; some that should be revisited and thought about. It’s your choice to listen, to learn, to understand. It’s your choice to positively teach the generations under us not to make the same mistakes or judgements. A brighter future comes with shining light on the children and preventing them from being trapped in greyness.
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