6 Pros of Marijuana Legalization
You already know I enjoyed this one significantly more than the cons content yesterday. I appreciate y'all being chill about it. It is my favorite thing about our community - most of you guys are pretty chill and I don't worry often about feathers being ruffled or any cruddy backlash. Just know I do not take it for granted, my freedom of speech and our incredible following who support us and challenge us daily!
I will keep the intro as short and sweet as possible. We mentioned yesterday that the Federal Government still observes marijuana in the same line-up as heroin and cocaine. Which obviously is total insanity in our neck of the woods. The proof is in the pudding.
Without further delay... Here's some of the good stuff.
Many of the benefits mentioned below were once theoretical, now hold solid truth, and enough merit that more than 50% of the country cast their reel into the beautiful crystal waters of marijuana legalization. Here's why(I know I said without further delay above. I lied):
1) Dismantling Of The Black Market
For decades, the black market was really the only place to find marijuana. Sure, your friend’s brother always seemed to have some on hand, but where did he get it from?
Chances are he knew someone who knew someone who knew someone who was a drug dealer or involved in organized crime (i.e., the mafia or mob). Some of those drug dealers and mafioso even had ties to terrorist organizations in other countries.
The legalization of marijuana either put them out of business or made them go legit. Now, the black market is almost completely gone. Cannabis dispensaries are registered with the state. They are regulated. They are taxed. And that’s good news for everyone involved…except the bad guys, of course.
2) Improved Quality & Safety Control
As the recent fentanyl-laced-heroin problem brought to light, there is really no way for end users to know exactly what they’re getting when they purchase marijuana off the street. Legalizing marijuana, on the other hand, immediately creates a set of standards for quality and safety control.
We’ve seen how this can work in the alcohol and tobacco industries, and it will certainly transfer into the marijuana industry. Now, users will know they’re getting exactly what they’re paying for. Nothing more, nothing less.
Improved quality and safety control also translates into less of a burden on the medical system. There is less of a risk of serious problems occurring due to overdoses on unknown substances hidden in the marijuana that is sold on the streets. This bottom lie is why we provide our lab results, ratios etc to the public, so there's no skepticism that you, the consumer, are getting THE CBD we vouch for.
3) Increased Tax Revenue
One of the biggest pros that have come from the legalization debate is that of increased tax revenue. To illustrate the point, legal sales of cannabis products amounted to $996 million in 2015. That’s almost a billion dollars spent!
And the tax revenue collected off those sales was equally as staggering—$135 million. That money can be used to fix roads, fund public projects, improve schools, hire more police and firefighters…the list goes on and on.
4) Availability Of Medicinal Cannabis
Medical marijuana (both THC and CBD) has been proven to treat a wide array of “untreatable” conditions including:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Problems due to chemotherapy
Loss of appetite
Nervous system degeneration
High blood sugar
Making medical cannabis products available would mean improved public health and less of a drain on the healthcare system. That would result in more public funds being available for roads, schools, and other public safety initiatives.
5) Decrease In Gang-Related Drug Violence
Gang-related drug violence is still a very real part of life in many urban areas around the country. But the legalization of recreational marijuana would remove one of those sources of dispute.
In the states where marijuana is completely legal, those who encounter injustice of some type can now turn to the police and the court system rather than turning to vigilantism. That benefits not just their safety, but the safety of the public at large who were often innocent victims of gang-related drug violence.
6) Allows Police & Courts To Focus On More Violent Crimes
Legalization of medical and recreational marijuana would do two very important things:
Provide the police and the courts with more money (through tax revenue)
Give them more time to focus on more violent crimes
Better funding means more individuals to handle the load. And more time means more attention paid to preventing violent crimes. Too often, both the police and the court system are overwhelmed with handling individuals brought in for simply possessing marijuana.
The problem was, under the law, those individuals had to be treated as though they were carrying meth, heroin, or cocaine. That flooded the court system and overcrowded our prison system. Legalizing marijuana would relieve the pressure on these already-overworked public servants.
One day... we will be able to report on our actual success in dispensing the good plant to our locals. We will be able to yell the success and relief it brings from the roof tops. Until then, we will extract that success and relief from other believers. We will continue to vouch for cannabinoids as a whole, and bring you the highest quality of cannabidiol in the area.
Love you all,
Emerald's Triangle LLC.
Shaman's Reach Inc.