Popular belief is that the other main chemical in cannabis, CDB is the most beneficial for therapeutic purposes. However, scientists at the University of New Mexico have discovered that contrary to this, the psychoactive chemical THC, the one that is considered to create the effect of getting high, had the biggest effects for therapeutic relief. When measuring the two chemical compounds separately THC created a more intense experience for the used and higher symptom relief. Cannabis may carry the risk of addiction to a certain extent but it seems like the most valuable option to replace the addictive and dangerous opioids so many people are currently using.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced that a bill to eliminate the cost of applying for pardoning for simple possession charges will be put in place. Currently, it costs people who have already been charged 631$ to apply for pardoning of a criminal conviction. Depending on the circumstances some people charged have to wait more than three years after their original sentencing to apply for a pardon. This makes life a lot more difficult for those trying to reintegrate into society as a criminal record makes finding a job much harder. This makes spending the 631$ a difficult investment to make for someone in this kind of situation, especially if the effects only help in the very long run. Making the process of pardoning free of charge will truly give those with simple possession charges a true second chance.
The topic of recreational marijuana has been a very hot debate in the state of Florida in recent history. Gov. De Santis has announced that he backs medical marijuana however he does not think the drug should be fully legalized for recreational use. That hasn’t stopped two Florida lawmakers from introducing a bill that would allow people 21 and older to purchase marijuana for personal use in homes or private areas. The lawmakers want to add an excise tax per ounce that would create revenue for the state that would then be put to good use through investments in education, affordable housing, infrastructure, etc. The 10 states (soon to be 11 with New Jersey) that have legalized recreational marijuana have shown other states that legalization creates opportunities to reinvest that money into communities that were affected in the past because of the criminalization of the drug.