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Why New Zealand’s Referendum To Legalize Cannabis May Prove Disappointing

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New Zealand, in stark contrast to other nations, comes across as one striving to make progress. The country, seemingly just a small island off of Australia, often enacts positive change quickly. When it came to banning assault rifles across the nation in the wake of the deadly Christchurch shootings, the decision happened nearly overnight. And when it came to legalizing and regulating sex work, back in 2003, the legislation came swiftly. In fact, in a recent interview, the ex-Prime Minister, Helen Clark, compared the issue of sex work with cannabis legalization. 

The matter of cannabis legalization in New Zealand isn’t a new issue. In fact, this issue may seem like a very unique one given the nation’s preference to put matters to public referendums. That’s right, this year, the complex matter of weed legalization will settle solely by the voting of citizens. And therefore, there will not remain any bureaucratic delays, ideally. However, in this case, “ideally” just proves disappointing, as it seems the majority of voter lost interest.

The country’s cannabis referendum was supposed to make the decision easier

While many governments hesitate to go anywhere near the sensitive topic of weed legalization, New Zealand’s approach proved sensible. The matter would resolve itself via public polls. It certainly seemed, judging by the early enthusiasm of pro-cannabis campaigners, that the populace would vote in favor. After all, in most other developed countries, legal weed received embracing. Unfortunately, a combination of factors seem to have shifted public attention and priorities elsewhere.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an issue that long seemed resolved with flattened curves ended in the first wave. To its credit, the government played a vital role in virtually controlling the pandemic within its borders. However, despite there being a few new cases currently, public attention this year seems diverted. The campaigns that usually raised public awareness of cannabis, promoted slogans and rallies, were all indoors. Social distancing meant that grassroots level cannabis promotion just wasn’t possible. In addition, anti-cannabis campaigns full of misinformation and public distractions abounded.

The legislation still may pass, despite the slim chances

It has become increasingly clear that the upcoming general election seems to hold everyone’s attention. Even current Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, who faces a likely reelection this year, seems to feel so. She seemingly avoids the issue, distancing herself from the cannabis controversy, as voter decide who to elect. Luckily, Helen Clark, who now serves as a WHO ambassador, recently weighed in on the matter. According to her, while legalization certainly looks tough, she believes the opponents of anti-cannabis received foreign funding. However, this allegation as of yet shows no evidence of truth.

If it does somehow still go through, the benefits would amount to billions in revenue. Legalizing cannabis would open up countless jobs, boost the hemp industry and account for over 1.4 billion New Zealand dollars. Furthermore, it would open up the possibility of expungement of previous cannabis charges in convicts. This practice, in racist fashion, typically targeted young, male Maori people, similar to the plight of African Americans in the US. Therefore, social equity programs could follow next.

However difficult it may seem, the fate of New Zealand depends on this referendum

The entire country waits with baited breath the see the outcomes of the general election. If even a fraction of that focus goes into legalizing marijuana, it would prove a landslide victory. Until the election day rolls around, campaigners and activists urge citizens to support the cause and vote.

For the latest updates on the situation, stay tuned. In the meantime, click here to check out our earlier article on the referendum.

 

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The Legalization of Cannabis across USA; What’s the Real Reason Behind?

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Are we ready to enter the cannabis sector?

People of color are striving for decades and are discriminated against for their usage of drugs. Often facing issues of penalties and illicit charges finally is the time for them to have justice and help sustain the United States economy. The economy has suffered adversely. Back in December global cannabis stock started rising up.

The news is in the air and making a huge difference in the lives of many people. It’s a well-deserved and remarkable recovery for the cannabis industry. 2021 has definitely given them a lot of good news to survive and cheer up! This industry is fighting for a very long time for its due rights and during 2020 several events gave it the due edge. Now it seems like wrestling has resulted in the achievement of existential identity and is already set for any storm. There are several reasons for the change in the direction of the wind. Let’s recap the reasons and have a look at this major shift.

Pandemic

As flagged Covid 19’ has forced the state to legalize cannabis. It is not only the effort of Democrats but also the hole in the budget which is persuading them to take this step. This step will lead towards new employment opportunities and will help families that have lost their means of earning at the hands of the pandemic. It is estimated that billions in terms of tax will be generated to help the state and its citizens.

End to Racism

The people of color will finally get justice. They have been facing racism and discrimination issues since the war on drugs. You must know the history of the plant marijuana- which is believed to be an agent in stopping the immigration of the Mexicans from entering Texas. Initiatives taken by States: The November elections opened up a way for many cannabis companies to open up across New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota, and Mississippi. The total addressable market expects more than 16 million new customers. According to studies, very soon, every one-in-three American citizen will live in a state where cannabis adult usage is legalized.

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Expansion of other industries

The best for last is cannabis acting as a catalyst in the generation of revenues. Not only is this legalization of cannabis acts as a fuel to empower other industries. Boris Jordan, Chairman, Curaleaf declares that New Jersey was the tipping point and when New York and Pennsylvania go recreational, 80% of the US population will have access to adult-use cannabis.

Helping Hand to Neighboring States

It will also help the neighboring states like Canada to invest in States. The leaders will look forward to trading. Constitutional developments and laws will help US operators and industrialists to trade around core positions. As soon as the legalization of cannabis takes place, multiple fund managers start to buy cannabis in the US which is of high quality. Despite the fact, there is a lot of supply of cannabis and capital raises we still need to remind ourselves that more laws need to exist. Like they have come up with the laws and decree for the growth, cultivation, supply, and possession laws they need to have laws for child-resistant packaging marijuana foods.

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What to expect now?

Once the US companies linked with cannabis are able to access capital to fuel and pump their growth and once they list on US exchanges, then the voyage will be underway. This asset will prove to be a new socio-economic engine for the US. The historic end to the war on drugs is on its way. A revolution is coming and good days for many!

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Medical Marijuana Leads to Poisoning in Kids

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The Bottom Line

Giving medical marijuana to patients suffering from HIV or AIDS, seizure disorders, and in case of chronic pain is trending. In addition to this, it is given to patients suffering from severe nausea. Also, it is proven beneficial for patients who lose their appetite for treatment such as chemotherapy. The chemical inside medical marijuana is active compared to the marijuana plant.
There had been several issues getting under the light once the news of cannabis legalization came into existence. This has for sure brought smiles to millions of faces. Proper laws and decrees have been passed for the possession, cultivation, and growing of marijuana but what is the major concern right now is that there are no laws for the child safe storage of medical marijuana products.

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The Complete Story

After the Democrats winning the position they have pushed a way forward to the matter of legalization of medical marijuana in the States. Although there are many states in America where it has been legalized but the debate is still in the air about other states.
Dated, 14th January many states have made it legal in the District of Columbia. There are specific medical conditions allowing patients to use medical marijuana legally. Examples of such conditions include patients with cancer, AIDS, and severe nausea. Also, patients suffering from seizure disorders and high-intensity pain can legally use medical marijuana. However, the Federal Government doesn’t take any legal action against people holding it but it still is illegal under federal law.

What’s Next

Now coming to the major concern legal or illegal, if you have marijuana in your household, it is accessible to small children. The recent study suggests that children swallowing marijuana are serious and need hospitals to save their lives. As medical marijuana has a high intensity of an active chemical termed tetrahydrocannabinol– abbreviated as THC compared to marijuana plant or dried marijuana.

Reports by researchers in Colorado

Kids are curious and they have a habit of imitating adults. There is a very high chance of bad news if you don’t take the proper precautions of keeping medical marijuana at your homes. Cookies, brownies, and candies contain medical marijuana. Such items usually don’t have any warning labels that would at least remind the adults to keep such things out of reach. Researchers in Colorado have recently reported an increase in the number of cases after swallowing its products. The children’s ages vary from 8 months to12 years old. After these cases, evaluations suggested that medical marijuana cakes, brownies, and candies belonged to the grandparents, parents, friends, or baby sitters coming to their places.

Symptoms in Children

The most common and noticeable symptoms that left the parents suspicious were excessive sleeping, lightheadedness, and having trouble maintaining balance. Yet, some children faced breathing issues-leaving them with low oxygen saturation. Fortunately, enough none of such cases expired and they recovered without the persistence of any health issues.
The most common symptoms were excessive sleepiness, lightheadedness, and trouble walking. However, a few became too sleepy and their breathing slowed down. That could mean the child doesn’t get enough oxygen. Fortunately, none of these children died. They all recovered without permanent health problems.

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The True Story

This happened which warned the parents in the state to take special care of their children. As at this particular time there are no regulations for child-resistant packaging of medical marijuana products.
Report says that a 3-year-old child ate a cookie made with his grandfather’s medical marijuana. The trouble for the family came into notice When the child became very sleepy rushing to an emergency room was the only option. Several blood tests and medical procedures as per the protocols took place but the urine sample declared the presence of marijuana. The child was admitted to ICU for further treatment and procedures.

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Common Ground Found For Legalizing Weed

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Common Ground Found For Legalizing Weed

Perhaps one of the most overlooked and avoided affairs in the Senate is the legalization of weed. In the past, some laws did become a reality. These include house bill 3703 that makes slight changes to Texas’ low-THC medical program.

We’ve seen about two dozen bills that address decriminalization of medical cannabis, allowing hemp cultivation, and outright legalization of carrying and using weed.

The responsible marijuana policy director Heather Fazio believes that this current push for legalization is something that was never seen.

The house bill 447 by El Paso Democratic Representative Joe Moody would permit adults in the state of Texas to purchase and subsequently possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. Moreover, 15 grams of this could be in concentrate form. The bill also allows people to grow up to 12 plants at their private residence.

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The bill also argues that this will facilitate in curbing the illegal movement of cannabis as prices will go down significantly and everyone related to the trade will have their records sorted.  Bill 447 also allows for retail operations under a license and a 10% sales tax.

The current suggestion will allow most of the money to go to the Public-School Teachers Fund. Another such senator, Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, brings bill 140 to the table that essentially offers an alternate way to distribute the money.

Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy Director Heather Fazio believes that economic factors may also weigh heavily. She thinks that over a billion dollars per budget cycle will be added to the national exchequer. All this can be put to practice by legalizing a product that people are already using. Right now it is largely unregulated and is outside the tax net.

Increased Acceptance in People Regarding Weed Use and Distribution

The suggestions are to be a part of the constitution through amendments. Fazio sees more bipartisan common ground in their efforts related to decriminalization and penalty reduction. Even extremely conservative members like Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, wish to reduce the penalty for small-scale possession to a class C misdemeanor. This would make small-scale (under two-ounce) possession ineligible for jail time.

All these movements will allow Texas’ medical cannabis program to grow further. Senator José Menéndez, D-San Anton­io, has been a long-standing fan of the medical use of weed. Each time the house was in session since 2015; his SB 90 would allow physicians to prescribe cannabis products to their patients. This is a suggestion for any level of THC concentration, and for whatever diseases that the doctor sees fit. Menéndez believes that his bill will allow a medical doctor the right to decide about what’s the best medical treatment for them.

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Medicinal Usage of Weed

Menéndez is vouching for medicinal use of weed. He thinks whoever does abuse the use of weed will continue to do so with or without this legalization. Menéndez further says he wants to open weed usage up for senior citizens and law-abiding citizens who need pain relief. He wants weed legalized for people who wouldn’t dare touch weed except for medicinal purposes.

According to Menéndez,  SB 90 could easily pass in both chambers but is unsure about the take of the governor or lieutenant governor on the matter. He expects both to be on the same side as most other Texans, who have vouched for open trade and legalization of weed.

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