“We are going to legalize marijuana. You have 60 percent of Americans who want it. You’ll see California push it through in 2016, and then as many as 25 states will follow suit by passing laws through their state legislatures” said Governor Gary Johnson at the Conservative Political Action Conference event in Washington, D.C.
Legalizing weed will mean no more penalties for being caught with or using marijuana cannabis. It will be accepted, as a drug that persons can use freely for whatever purpose they choose, be it recreational or medical.
Colorado made the bold move by decriminalizing marijuana and has been reaping economic benefits. Marijuana is sold at a 28% sales tax that has contributed $53 million in tax revenue to the state in just one year. The experts anticipated more than $70 million for the period July 2014 – June 2015 and based on the $53 million it already accrued Colorado is not far from that target. And again, this is only in year one.
Latest cannabis dispensary news also showed studies indicating that marijuana is actually less risky than other substances such as alcohol and tobacco. A Scientific Reports study conducted an experiment on 10 substances: methadone, alcohol, tobacco, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, diazepam, amphetamine and marijuana and results showed that marijuana had the lowest mortality rate than other drugs when each drug was compared with their lethal dose versus its regular dose.
Governor Johnson also said ““I think it’s safer than alcohol. Who is anyone to begrudge you as a human being the right to take the edge off the day by having a drink, or smoking a joint? Really? If you have issues you have to deal with, and weed helps you with that then more power to you.” And rightly so, especially in light of the news that marijuana is less risky and has a lower mortality rate than other substances such as alcohol and tobacco that currently has far less restrictions.
Marijuana has come a long way from being a get-high feel good drug to being used for a variety of ailments, it has also been linked with various diseases, marijuana AIDS, marijuana HIV, marijuana cancer and multiple others. It’s medical qualities that provide treatment to these and other diseases helped gain acceptance in the health industry; this boosted the medical cannabis dispensary system that allows consumers to order medical marijuana online. Those are the innovations that helped to change government legislation for decriminalizing the drug and that has started in quite a few countries and some states in America. Before we know it marijuana may just become a regular on the shelf/order from a pharmacist drug that has so many positive repercussions that the negative perceptions will be insignificant.