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10 Reasons Why Support For Marijuana Legalization Will Keep Growing

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10 Reasons Why Support For Marijuana Legalization Will Keep Growing

Why Support For Marijuana Legalization Will Keep Growing

The fight for marijuana legalization and the fight for prohibition are both widespread. There are many reasons against the prohibition which are getting more popular, unfortunately because of the fact that they are starting to be an account for bigger and bigger problems. Take a look at some of the problems and reasons for marijuana legalization.


1. Marijuana is safer than tobacco and alcohol

Researchers have shown that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol and much less toxic than tobacco, and it is less likely to positively contribute to serious medical problems. The long-term effects of using alcohol are widely known - heavy usage can lead to liver disease and liver cancer. Alcohol has caused one million deaths per year and it’s proven to be a depressant. On the contrary, marijuana is an antidepressant and has never resulted in death. At the same time the alcohol industry is legal which makes it it’s regulated, taxed, and maintained, while illegal growing and usage of marijuana can result in the numerous disadvantages below.

2. Marijuana helps people treat a lot of illnesses and diseases

There are numerous diseases which the usage of marijuana can reduce the weight of. Marijuana can help ease treatment and pain for are anxiety, depression, childhood epilepsy, severe and chronic pain, PTSD, Glaucoma, severe nausea, Hepatitis C. It can also help patients manage the symptoms of HIV/AIDS and Crohn’s Disease, and treat the symptoms of cancer. Marijuana can also treat anorexia, migraines, insomnia and sleeping disorders, addiction, ADD/ADHD, menstrual cramps and pains. Most importantly – there is no record that anybody has ever died from using cannabis.

3. Marijuana prohibition encourages violence

Disputes between the buyers and sellers of marijuana often spark. Illegal traffic and selling leads to more attempts for fraud, and more vulnerability to assault when an argument of this manner occurs. Whenever a problem cannot be solved in a legal manner, people are bound to resort to extreme actions. Moreover, marijuana prohibition funds cartels and gangs, which makes marijuana a source of income for organized crime. However, the states where marijuana has been legalized have lowered their rate of crimes, connected to marijuana.

Research also shows that couples who smoke cannabis together are less likely to experience domestic violence and aggression.

4. Marijuana is eco-friendly to grow

Prohibition is actually bad for the environment

Growing marijuana illegally results in environment destruction. The reason is simple - people grow illegal marijuana on public lands which has lead to using banned pesticides, leaving bad waste in parks, polluting waterways, endangering insects and animals. Illegal outdoor marijuana growing uses up to 60 million gallons of water each day during the growing season which is a massive consumption, and results in drought and fires.

Moreover, growing cannabis legally is safe and has a lot of advantages. The plant is completely natural – it is not altered once it is grown, it is just picked off the leaf to smoke. The legal cannabis industry is following waste management guidelines.

5. Economic benefit

Raises Millions in New Tax Revenue

In 2010 Cato Institute conducted a study, which found that the legalization of marijuana would generate $8.7 billion in federal and state tax revenue annually. The government spends $41.3 billion per year just on enforcing prohibition.

In Washington State, taxation on marijuana sales brought in more than $400 million in 2017. A recent Fraser Institute study also shows that taxing marijuana can be considerably profitable. States such as Colorado and Washington has experience a considerable economic growth since the legalization of marijuana.

6. Prohibition is hurting the youth

It is a common misconception that legalizing marijuana will increase the rate of teen use because as of now, it is fairly easy for an underage person to get marijuana. The reason is no other but the fact that marijuana use is illegal. The age of the person is of no importance to a dealer, and one will never ask for an ID when is selling loosely. Legalization will help to secure much more controlled sales into adult-only stores and will reduce the potential use of underage people.
According to a survey by Monitoring the Future, for 40 years the answer of how easy it would be for high school seniors to find marijuana has been ‘easy’. However, after marijuana was legalized in four states the answer ‘easy’ dropped below 80%.

7. Prohibition leads to unnecessary mass incarceration

More than one person is arrested for possession of marijuana every minute of the year

According to the FBI, there have been more than 13 million marijuana arrests in the U.S. since 1995, 89% of which were only for possession. A criminal conviction can stand in the way of securing a job, getting housing, or receiving a professional license, student loan, food assistance, driver’s license, etc.

Marijuana is considered on the same federal level as heroin which speaks for itself, given that the damages of heroin are well-known, and cannot be compared to the marijuana use.


8. Prohibition is racially discriminatory

Compared to whites, African-Americans, Hispanics and Latinos are four times more likely to be arrested for possession and usage of marijuana, even though they use and sell marijuana at around the same rate. Marijuana prohibition allows the police to make easy arrests. They concentrate their attention on minority neighborhoods for racially discriminatory reasons which results in the mass incarceration of people of color.

9. Prohibition prevents the police from focusing on real crimes

Data showed a higher percentage of some crimes were solved after legalization in both Colorado and Washington. Marijuana prohibition serves as a distraction and is draining the limited resources of the law, court, enforcement. It is also reducing the respect for the law.

10. Marijuana use is widespread despite it being legal

People are inevitably going to smoke and find ways to do so, legally or not. It is always more beneficial and safer for something to be sold and consumed openly as it is in the Netherlands.  In Colorado it is sold in stores and bought by upper middle class citizens with no cases of overuse or abuse. In California cases of offences dropped across all categories of underage offenders.


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Author’s Bio:

Name: Luis Rivera

Luis has 20+ years of experience in global market expansion, business development, mergers and acquisitions, business re-engineering, finance and investor relations of software companies. He is passionate about technology, spectral science, indoor farming, food production, automation, and more. Since 2015 he is the president of Advanced LED Lights, a leading LED grow lights manufacturer based in Hiwasse, Arkansas. When not at work, Luis enjoys swimming, yoga, as well as growing grapes and flowers in Sonoma, California.

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Canada to Legalize Adult-Use Recreational Cannabis by July 2018

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Canada to Legalize Adult-Use Recreational Cannabis by July 2018

What does this mean for HomeGrowers in Canada?


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What’s up cannabis growers, and welcome back for another episode of GreenBox Grown!  Today I am covering Canada’s upcoming Legalization of Recreational Cannabis in 2018, and how it will affect homegrown cannabis law and more.  To give you some background on what is happening, Canada has set a deadline to completely legalize Cannabis for Recreational Use Nationwide!  The deadline is July of 2018 and this change will be historic as it requires Canada to withdraw from 2 different UN Drug Treaties.  The law states it will be for adult use of recreational cannabis and the legal age will be 18 years old.

The biggest reason this upcoming law change is so important is because it encompasses the whole country and legalizes cannabis for every state in Canada, not just one or a couple of them.  Having this massive reform can set a precedent for other countries around the globe, like the US, and hopeful will lead to a more unified legalization process.  Right now, the US is legalizing state by state, and all that does is complicate and slow things down.  Having a unified legal system for cannabis use and sales is much more effective and efficient and is a system the US needs to adopt soon!

Looking at Trichomes up close on a Budding Blue Dream Plant.

Looking at Trichomes up close on a Budding Blue Dream Plant.

Home Grow

There has been a lot of controversy over how to set the new laws for growing cannabis at home for personal use, but they have finally been settled on.  First, people will be limited to growing only 4 cannabis plants at a time when growing at home, and there is no legal limit on the size you grow each individual plant.  What this means is since 4 plants is such a small amount to grow at one time, growers will instead cultivate massive tree like plants for much higher yields!  

There will also be no legal limit on the amount of cannabis one person can possess in their home, meaning people are allowed to stock up however they please!  You are also allowed to give away your cannabis to other adults, for free of course, and the limit on that is 30 grams of bud per friend at one time.  You will also have the option of growing outside in your backyard if you prefer that to indoor growing, and with the legalization the Canadian Government plans to deter cops from seeking out cannabis related incidents so they can focus on more important issues.  

Smoking Paraphernalia

Tops on a Cannabis Plant about to start Flower.

Tops on a Cannabis Plant about to start Flower.

Right now in Canada it is completely illegal to sell any sort of cannabis related paraphernalia.  This includes bongs, pipes, grinders, rolling papers and any sort of concentrate related products.  In the US, it is common to see these types of products being sold in a “Head Shop” as they can claim it is for Tobacco Use Only!  In Canada, this isn’t the case and the rules are much more strict, so people are forced to other means for getting their glass!

Luckily, with the new changes that will be enacted come July 2018, all smoking paraphernalia will become legal to sell.  The only rule is these items cannot be marketed towards minors, which is kind of a no brainer when you think about it.  While this law change isn’t critical in the legalization of cannabis, it is critical in the elimination of that Taboo idea centered around cannabis users.  As it becomes more easily integrated into our society, the negative stigma around cannabis will slowly disappear.  

Cannabis Extraction

If you are a grower who enjoys making their own extracts at home, then this law change is especially great for you!  With the reform, people will not only be allowed to grow cannabis at home, but they can also turn that product into any form of an extract they please.  The only caveat is they cannot use any sort of organic solvents or explosive materials when producing the extract.  This is great as it opens up the market for extraction companies in Canada, and it makes it so home growers can make their own extracts as well.  This is also important for medical patients who cannot smoke and can only take cannabis in the form of tinctures, edibles or vape.  

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Rosin Being Pressed out of 3 grams of Chocolate HashBerry Bud.

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Right now in the US, studies are showing that a good amount of the bud and extracts sold in dispensaries are contaminated with some sort of pesticide or chemical, which is of course not healthy to use.  The reason behind this issue is as the industry grows, the cannabis farms must grow as well and in turn they have to adopt Big Ag Practices which include pesticide use and other harmful chemicals.  That is why so many people are moving to homegrown cannabis and homemade extractions, as it gives you full control over exactly what goes into your plants.  When the legalization passes in Canada, the same issue will arise with the commercial farms, which again will lead to an increase in homegrown cannabis!

What’s Next?

Now that we are waiting for July of 2018 to near, the Canada Government still has some important decisions to make in regards to the legalization of Cannabis Nationwide.  First, they have yet to set up any tax laws or regulations for the sale of Cannabis.  This is one of the most important steps in the entire process and must be handled ASAP or else serious issues can arise once legalization has passed.  While the laws haven’t been enacted yet, right now tons of companies and startups are gearing up for the legalization so they can jump on the opportunity.  That is why having all these laws and taxes figured out ahead of time is so important, as any big changes can really affect the success of these companies and in turn the industry as a whole.  

It is also a good time to start preparing for your Home Cannabis Grow if you plan on having one once the laws have passed.  During these next 9 months you can start learning exactly how the cannabis plant grows and how you can grow it at home properly.  Getting familiar with the process now will only make things easier on you and your plants once you start growing!  Also, you can begin to get supplies together and set up your grow space as the date nears!

That is all I have for now, but, as always, thank you for watching and until next time…

Happy Growing!
Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

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