Times are changing, and we’re seeing a vast increase in the number of medical marijuana dispensaries being opened up all over the world. Legal marijuana is a topic that has been up for discussion for quite some time, and the fact that we’re living in an era that is gradually decriminalizing the recreational use of pot is outstanding. There are older citizens that would have loved to live with that going on back in their youth, so in many ways it’s a blessing in disguise (or not so much of a disguise, depending on who you ask!). Weed has been looked at in both a positive and negative light, but it seems as if the average person is becoming more accepting of the plant.
Legal marijuana offers up an opportunity to build upon new business landscapes, opening dispensaries wherever possible. I live in a relatively small town located in Ontario (Canada, for you non-geographical folks) and there’s still a brand new legal marijuana dispensary just down the street from my house. They aren’t a drug-based establishment by any means, and they aren’t completely focused on turning a profit; these are organizations that genuinely just want to help people out.
Whether you’re a fan of legal marijuana or not, you can’t take away the fact that it’s making the world a better place. I’m going to expand on this idea a little bit more, because it isn’t that simple – there a lot of benefits to be had when it comes to the global legalization of marijuana (although we never know if that’s ever going to truly happen).
Why Is It So Important?
The current prohibition system that’s put in place all over the world for marijuana is poorly implemented to say the least. A lot of young people are getting caught up with nothing more than a bit of marijuana, and having their criminal records started up in the process. Realistically, I can think of at least 10 other drugs that would be immediately more dangerous than marijuana; yet marijuana happens to hold a lot of the same legal penalties that these dangerous drugs do. Weed has been proven to provide people with medical relief, and that goes for an abundance of different ailments. Some of the patients that legal marijuana has been known to help with are cancer patients and the elderly, but specific ailments that it assists with would be:
• Nausea Relief
• Severe Anxiety
• Nerve Pain
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Relief of General Chronic Pain
There are tons of medical reports and journals that can back the positive usage of medical/legal marijuana, and it’s a trend that many people are happy to see being kept alive.
Will It Be Affordable?
If the legalization of marijuana becomes a real thing, in places like Canada it could be one of the most affordable recreational items you could purchase. They say it could sell for as little as $5 a gram, which is considerably cheap when compared to the average medical price right now (where a gram can fetch all the way up to $20!). It’s important to look at the affordability aspect of it all, as when it’s completely legalized, the medical aspect of marijuana is going to be a major focus. If people can’t afford their medical marijuana, it would be just as bad as not being able to afford their prescriptions (which is another problem).
There will be some sort of tax implemented, of course – but that’s a small price to pay for the betterment of our world. Drugs like heroin and cocaine shouldn’t share the same legal penalties as marijuana, and there are many politicians trying to change the minds of marijuana naysayers. Justin Trudeau, for example, is the recent Prime Minister elect of Canada – he’s voiced his opinion on legal marijuana quite strongly. If the rest of the world can follow in the footsteps of places like California or Seattle, the legal use of pot shouldn’t be too far away.
High-Times for the Future!
With everything I’ve said here today, I hope that at least a few of you out there feel a bit different about legal marijuana. You don’t have to be the person holding the joint, that’s now what I’m asking; I just want you to be a little more open to the idea of legalizing a plant. The statistics are there to back up this movement, which is probably why it’s only a matter of time at this point; you never know when you’ll find yourself in need of medical marijuana.
Future generations should have the ability to look deeper into the science behind it all, and perhaps even uncover some wonderful medical breakthroughs in the process. One of the best ways to ensure this happens is by not only legalizing, but educating people on marijuana as well. Medical advancements, an economic boost (through the opening of thousands upon thousands of new dispensaries) and recreational relaxation; legal marijuana is clearly ideal!