Post by christopherABrown on Jan 20, 2016 10:29:51 GMT -8
There are 4 different initiatives on this page.
I need to state from the beginning that western society suffers from intense manipulation by media for 40 years minimum. Film, television, music, video games etc. have been using semiotics to manipulate the public thoughts, feelings, wants and desires intensely. This changes the way substances are perceived and perceptions of what they are about.
Expressly, all states suffer from inadequate mental health care. What results is behavioral issues that get out of hand quite often. What is relative about this is that the general public often associates marijuana with the drug and alcohol abuse, which unfairly alters the public view of marijuana. Until adequate mental health care is in place which can help with substance abuse, the public will very likely not be able to hold an accurate perception of what marijuana really is.
Most reasonably, those activists for marijuana legalization, should also be activists for effective mental health care. To underline that, maintaining a legal medical use UNTIL effective mental health care is in place, will enhance the public perceptions of marijuana. It will show a restraint and reasonable approach to substances that no other segment of society has. This will bring a quality to marijuana activism that will raise the standards and make it easier to maintain reasonable regulation for medical purposes, AND, lead to far better regulation for recreational use when that comes along. Of course the issue of agricultural hemp is very important and keeps that standard high in another area of environmental concern.
I have not read the full proposed act, but something tells me that full legalization is going to be a problem and stymie the reasonable regulation for medical purposes more than is needed to make the state and local governments feel as though adequate regulation is in place. This,
"Chapter 4. Adult Social Use of Cannabis. § 27400. Use of Cannabis in Compliance with This Act is Legal. No adult shall be subject to any infraction, administrative, civil or criminal penalty as a result of the use, growth, cultivation, possession, transportation, storage, processing or sale of cannabis or the seeds, resins or pollen thereof, nor for reasonable land use related to any such activity, if the activity complies with this Act."
Eventually once impairment measurement/standards are in place, will be fine. But those are not. Earlier in the act it describes that created by 2018. There is an element of self defeat or going too far too soon.
What is really needed is a logical extension of the compassionate care act.
This is the one that makes sense because it fully includes hemp agriculture which really must be a part of a statewide plan.
This one does not mention hemp at all.
This one doesn't seem to have the initiative language available at all. It has a Facebook page.