Marijuana Is Now Legal In Canada
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Marijuana Is Now Legal In Canada
Posted by CN Staff on June 27, 2018 at 09:09:29 PT
By Jordan Waldrep, Contributor
Source: Forbes
USA -- This fall, Canada is set to become the 2nd nation in the world to allow legal consumption of recreational marijuana. The Cannabis Act, passed by the Canadian Senate on June 21, controls and regulates the growth, distribution and sale of recreational marijuana in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expects everything to be in place for consumption to begin on October 17. Canada is the first G-7 country to take this step and the second overall after Uruguay. With voters in many developed countries advocating for decriminalization and legalization of cannabis, this appears to be a trend. The U.S. would become the largest potential market for legal cannabis. So, it makes sense to ask: “Will it actually happen here?”
Did You Know?First, let’s be clear about one thing, cannabis is illegal in the U.S. It is illegal in California, Colorado, Washington and every other state under federal law. However, there are practical, legal and resource factors that limit the federal government’s ability to enforce this prohibition. Drug enforcement is difficult without local state support. So, when a state like California legalizes recreational cannabis, the local law enforcement stops enforcing the prohibition. Generally, the Feds go along with the local approach.Cannabis is still illegal, but no one is enforcing the federal law prohibiting recreational consumption. Local businesses operate to bring cannabis to market, but these businesses have significant limitations on access to financial services such as opening bank accounts, getting loans or issuing stock. These are the services cannabis businesses need to grow and they cannot readily access them due to the federal prohibition on marijuana.However, there is growing pressure to change the federal law and allow states to make the decision for themselves while paving the way for businesses to grow and generate taxes. Similar to Canada, support for legalization has grown dramatically over the past 20 years. There are many factors influencing this political change, but possibly the most important has been the rise of medical marijuana and its ability to affect voter perceptions of the drug.Medical Marijuana Affects PerceptionSince California approved medical marijuana in 1996, national support for medicinal use has grown substantially. Support is almost universal at 94% among those polled in a Quinnipiac University poll from April 2017. Its support has grown because people have seen some benefits for health purposes, either first hand, through friends or anecdotally. Consumers of medical marijuana are not the counter-culture hippies demonized by opponents in the past. These cannabis users are children with epilepsy, cancer patients, and veterans dealing with PTSD. Few opponents of marijuana would want to limit treatment options for these patients if the drug can help.The opposition to medical marijuana is generally rooted in two main ideas.First, that there is limited research showing the benefit of cannabis as a treatment. While this is true, more data is coming every day as patients use cannabis for medical reasons. Research showing benefits for patients dealing with opioid addition or limiting pain from migraine headaches is becoming persuasive enough to merit further investigation. To date, 29 states have approved medical cannabis. These states provide more data every year showing real benefits for patients.Second, anti-drug abuse organizations have raised concerns that medical use will lower the perception of risk of the drug. To be perfectly honest, that appears to be true, and we can see it in the favorable viewpoints of voters.Voter Perception of MarijuanaFor many voters, medical marijuana changed the perception of cannabis from an abused gateway drug to something that could really help people with debilitating conditions. Medical marijuana normalized the use of recreational marijuana. When medical marijuana was approved for the first time in 1996, the idea of legalizing recreational marijuana seemed impossible. According to a Gallup poll conducted at the time, only 25% of Americans thought cannabis should be legal, about the same percentage of Americans that supported legalization in the previous 20 years, going back to 1977. Since 1996, support has grown steadily and as of October 2017, it stood at 64% overall. Both sides of the political spectrum hold this view with 72% Democrats, 67% Independents and 51% Republicans in favor of legalization. Broad support can work wonders in terms of government decisions.Changing LegislaturesIncreasing support for a more normalized approach to marijuana has led to decriminalization in many states. More importantly, politicians respond to these polls. For years, legalization was achievable only through public referendums to change the law. However, we have reached the point where public support is strong enough that Vermont state legislators passed a bill and the governor supported it in January 2018.The result is a feedback loop of normalization for cannabis. Medical marijuana normalizes cannabis for voters allowing a public conversation of the risks and greater support emerging. Without the threat of being voted out of office, state governments are more willing to have laws that allow recreational use to generate taxes. This further normalizes marijuana for voters, and on and on we go. There are other factors involving social, criminal and health concerns, but the interplay between voter perceptions and the state and federal governments is apparent. Voter support has created an impact at the national level. The U.S. Congress has shown bipartisan support for measures protecting medical marijuana and recreational marijuana protections are probably not that far behind.Medical marijuana has changed the way American voters perceive marijuana as a drug and for opponents, there is no putting the genie back in the bottle. The U.S. is not far behind Canada on the path to legalizing recreational marijuana. Companies are lining up to take advantage of the largest potential cannabis market in the world. It’s inevitable.Source: Forbes Magazine (US)Author: Jordan Waldrep, ContributorPublished: June 27, 2018Copyright: 2018 Forbes Inc.Contact: readers forbes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by Garry Minor on July 01, 2018 at 18:12:37 PT:
Afterburner: True is True
Just as Cyril of Jerusalem wrote in the 3rd century after Christ, regarding 1John 2:18-29Warning against antichrists 4. And ye were first anointed on the forehead, that ye might be delivered from the shame, which the first man who transgressed bore about with him everywhere; and that with unveiled face ye might reflect as a mirror the glory of the Lord. Then on your ears; that ye might receive the ears which are quick to hear the Divine Mysteries, of which Esaias said, The Lord gave me also an ear to hear; and the Lord Jesus in the Gospel, He that hath ears to hear let him hear. Then on the nostrils; that receiving the sacred ointment ye may say, We are to God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved. Afterwards on your breast; that having put on the breast-plate of righteousness, ye may stand against the wiles of the devil. For as Christ after His Baptism, and the visitation of the Holy Ghost, went forth and vanquished the adversary, so likewise ye, after Holy Baptism and the Mystical Chrism, having put on the whole armour of the Holy Ghost, are to stand against the power of the adversary, and vanquish it, saying, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.5. Having been counted worthy of this Holy Chrism, ye are called Christians, verifying the name also by your new birth. For before you were deemed worthy of this grace, ye had properly no right to this title, but were advancing on your way towards being Christians.6. Moreover, you should know that in the old Scripture there lies the symbol of this Chrism. For what time Moses imparted to his brother the command of God, and made him High-priest, after bathing in water, he anointed him; and Aaron was called Christ or Anointed, evidently from the typical Chrism. So also the High-priest, in advancing Solomon to the kingdom, anointed him after he had bathed in Gihon. To them however these things happened in a figure, but to you not in a figure, but in truth; because ye were truly anointed by the Holy Ghost. Christ is the beginning of your salvation; for He is truly the First-fruit, and ye the mass; but if the First-fruit be holy, it is manifest that Its holiness will pass to the mass also.7. Keep This unspotted: for it shall teach you all things, if it abide in you, as you have just heard declared by the blessed John, discoursing much concerning this Unction. For this holy thing is a spiritual safeguard of the body, and salvation of the soul. Of this the blessed Esaias prophesying of old time said, And on this mountain,—(now he calls the Church a mountain elsewhere also, as when he says, In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be manifest;)—on this mountain shall the Lord make unto all nations a feast; they shall drink wine, they shall drink gladness, they shall anoint themselves with ointment. And that he may make thee sure, hear what he says of this ointment as being mystical; Deliver all these things to the nations, for the counsel of the Lord is unto all nations. Having been anointed, therefore, with this holy ointment, keep it unspotted and unblemished in you, pressing forward by good works, and being made well-pleasing to the Captain of your salvation, Christ Jesus, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.Sincerely,Garry MinorColumbus Kaneh Bosm Ministry Columbus Indiana
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Comment #5 posted by HempWorld on July 01, 2018 at 17:56:11 PT
Hemp Farming Legalized Federally? is the news guys!
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on July 01, 2018 at 09:29:09 PT
Garry Minor
I too am persuaded by the research into kaneh bosm and the idea that Jesus performed His miracles using its powerful oil.The new Canadian Cannabis Law is a step towards allowing this healing power to become more available. However, the Canadian Government seems to be following a very slow path forward. The present goals seem to be keeping cannabis out of the hands of children, keeping the roads safe from inexperienced drivers who may be impaired, and destroying the underground cannabis economy with the assumption that the "gray market" businesses are nothing but cartels with no commitment of service to clients and society. The experiences of Colorado's legal cannabis have influenced Canada to go slowly on edibles, oil and concentrates, where the power you reference is stronger. Considering the past reluctance of the Canadian Federal Government to fully embrance and support Medical Cannabis forced on Parliament by the Supreme Court, even the baby steps in the recently passed law are evidence of progress. However, the new law, which had to fight its way into existence against opposition parties and social ignorance, is only a beginning. As support grows and opposition declines, more scientific and medical research will bring more social understanding and better laws. The fact that the law was passed and given Royal Assent, despite the objections of the UNODC, is a major international event.
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Comment #3 posted by Garry Minor on July 01, 2018 at 08:27:30 PT:
Jesus used Cannabis Oil to perform 'Miracles'
Snips Does cannabis oil explain the “miracles” attributed to Jesus?JESUS used cannabis and was an early champion of its medicinal properties, a growing consensus of experts agree.And acceptance of this theory could help promote the controversial drug’s use in treating a range of illnesses. Cannabis historian, author and journalist David Bienenstock is one who believes cannabis oil even explains the “miracles” attributed to Jesus. ...... “There is nothing different in the efficacious cannabis oil used today that wouldn’t have been available to people in Jesus’ time – it’s simply a matter of concentrating the cannabis into the oil and absorbing it through the skin."Scholars even point to a cannabis oil recipe in Exodus 30: 22-25: “Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane (Kaneh Bosm) two hundred and fifty … it shall be a holy anointing oil.”Anointing is understood to mean to ceremonially confer divinity by smearing or rubbing with oil.American Orthodox rabbi and scholar Aryeh Kaplan noted: "On the basis of cognate pronunciation and Septuagint readings, some identify Keneh bosem with the English and Greek cannabis, the hemp plant.” ..... Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University, agrees: “There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion.” Referring to the existence of cannabis in anointing oils used in ceremonies, he adds: "Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures."And there are even passages in the Bible where Jesus’ treatment of the sick tallies with modern accounts of cannabis oil treating epilepsy. Mark 6:13, for example states: “They cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.” As David Bienenstock points out: “Someone of the religious mindset from that time, not understanding the scientific underpinning of how or why it works, would be likely to view that as a miracle.” Assuming the oil described in Exodus did in fact contain high levels of cannabis, the effective dose of the plant's medicinal compounds would certainly be potent enough to explain many of the healing miracles attributed to Jesus, as marijuana has been shown to be an effective treatment for everything from skin diseases and glaucoma to neurodegenerative conditions and multiple sclerosis. “This is a big indication of the centrality of anointing was to Jesus and his flock - that he would take the name ‘Christ the anointed’.”The word Christ is a Greek translation of the Hebrew messiah, meaning ‘the anointed one’.”Chris Bennett, the author of the book Sex, Drugs, Violence, and the Bible, is also a supporter of the cannabis oil theory: “The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological records."If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient Christian anointing oil, as history indicates,” Bennett said, “receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians." ......Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, David Bienenstock believes it is important for people of faith to be open to evolving interpretations of the saved text: “I realise there is a huge debate about the medicinal properties of this plant and it is important to pursue that because this plant can and does help a lot of people. “It is a tremendous alternative to pharmaceutical drugs and having this debate can help bring healing to people who are suffering, and to me that is the ethical core of Christianity.” Snip
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on June 30, 2018 at 20:47:21 PT
Great link! We are winning and you in the great wise north have won! 
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on June 30, 2018 at 19:20:39 PT
Support for Legalization has Grown Dramatically 
Here are some of the books that helped change public attitudes, along with comment sites like Cannabisnews (Thanks, FoM and all our commenting friends.):LIFESTYLE.
12 Cannabis Books That Changed the Game.
June 26, 2018
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