I would like to weigh in on the marijuana issue. Do we legalize marijuana and then tax it, regulated like alcohol and tobacco? Contrary to popular belief, Mexico has not legalized marijuana but is considering legalizing the cultivation of hemp. There is a difference between marijuana and hemp and some people might be confused. Sometimes hemp is mixed up with the psychoactive version of the cannabis (marijuana) plant, which is used as an illicit drug. Hence we have the confusion and misconception.
I just wanted to clear the air and educate people on the differences of marijuana and hemp. Hemp can be use to create ropes, paper, cloth and even bio-fuel that can run cars and fire power plants. Hemp is not to be smoked, besides it contains very little THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main ingredient which causes smokers to get high.
Hemp is also more effective than cotton. According to Inter Press Service, hemp fibres are longer, stronger, more absorbent and more insulating than cotton fibres. The plant can be used for food, animal feed, cosmetics, oils, textiles, paper, rope-making and bio-fuels. The seeds, a source of hempseed oil, are very nutritious, containing high levels of essential fatty acids, vitamins and dietary fibre.
The psychoactive variety meaning marijuana has been used medicinally as it helps with nausea suffered as a result of chemotherapy. However, doctors say there are better alternatives to marijuana available to sufferers. I am not advocating the legalizing of marijuana but if Canada goes further than medicinal use then tax it and put the drug dealers out of business.
Some people might say marijuana is a gateway drug. Well, we have gone way past that with prescription drugs that are misused and abused. You can decide for yourself whether to agree with Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada or do you just think he is blowing smoke.