Marihuana Legalization: Canada’s Example, Vermont’s Case and Texas

The Canadian Case:

Anne McLellan is not wrong when she claims ‘the world is watching’ Canada’s marijuana legalization. A move which could have a big impact on how other countries are handling the issue.

Although she recognizes that it will take time, there’s no doubt Canada holds an important role on the international scene, and that legalizing it in this country, could open the possibility to do it in other countries.

From her speaking at the University of Windsor, which included a free lecture From Prohibition to Legalization, we can extract the following:

“The regulatory regime that goes with the legalization is very complex and involves all three levels of government. It’s going to require high levels of collaboration and cooperation.”

She recognizes it’s one of the most challenging files she has ever worked on. It’s mainly due to the fact that they are looking forward to legalizing it, but also regulating it for vulnerable groups in society like young people.

Legalization is a complex matter. And as Anne McLellan states: “The world is watching us and we are quite aware of that fact”.

It’s because if Canada accomplish legalization, which is projected for 2018, it could settle an historical precedent and serve as a case study for countries that want to create similar laws.

This has been one of the most important marijuana news of the month, because the future of marijuana legalization seems promising, and Canada is leading it.

The Vermont Case:

And in other marijuana legalization news we have a great promise for consumption of recreational marijuana in the United States of America. On May 3rd, the bill known as H.170 was approved with a 71 to 74. A slight margin, yet enough.

This bill is very important, because it’s another event in what seems as a chain reaction, after Vermont’s Senate approved a measure aimed to legalize, regulate and tax minimal amounts of marijuana. Although, this bill will have to wait for House vote until January, 2018.

Going onto the same track as Colorado and its recreational consumption laws, the future for recreational consumption of cannabis in Vermont seems promising.

Although it’s yet a controversial topic, if Vermont results successful on its journey, it may inspire other states to do the same. It’d be a great advance, similar to the Canada’s case, but at a national level.

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Texas and Medical Marijuana:

And in other important medical marijuana news, we have that advocates of medical marijuana in Texas have sharpened plea for its legalization in the state.

“Don’t let misconceptions continue to block a life-improving treatment for people with serious health problems,” they claim.

They delivered a simple plea to state lawmakers on May 3rd. Supporting it with personal stories on painful conditions untreatable with conventional methods and drugs, they strive for legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

Taking Cherie Rineker’s case – 49-year-old mother with an incurable kind of blood cancer – she states medical marijuana would allow her to quit some really hard drugs, which do her as much damage as her disease.

“There’s no moral high ground in denying medical patients medicinal marijuana,” she states, “when allowable prescription drugs rob us our health.” And this is a thought shared by many other patients in Texas who strive for creating similar medical marijuana laws to Colorado’s.

Colorado is a strong referent in legalization and regulation of cannabis. Many people, including Cherie Rineker, have traveled to this state to solely try medical marijuana. And as she states, thanks to it she could cut on her prescription drugs and feel great relief.

Between other supporters of this initiative we have members of the group Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism, health professionals informed on the issue and veterans, who testified to give the plea more support and ground.

“All of these people here who can benefit from this don’t have time to wait,” claims Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. They criticize the indecision of Texas legislators on this issue, claiming patients cannot wait anymore.

There’s still a long way to go, but this initiative seems to be a great step onto the right direction.