If Pot is Legal, We Do not Required These Unreasonable Limitations
Today, there are a couple dozen states (+D.C.) that have actually legalized medical marijuana in some way. Ohio simply signed up with that list last month. And on election day (which is Tuesday, Nov. 8), medical cannabis and leisure cannabis will be on the ballot in several states. However, even if your state has actually legislated medical and recreational cannabis, there are still big restrictions on every aspect of “legalization.”
Take Colorado for instance. If you’re a Colorado resident, you can buy up to 1 ounce of marijuana at one time, but if you’re visiting from another state, you can only purchase as much as 1/4 ounce at a time. Name another legal compound that is regulated in this manner. If I can purchase as many cigarettes as I desire, then why, in a state like Colorado where marijuana is legal, can I not clear my bank account in a retail marijuana shop if that’s exactly what I want to do?
Think about alcohol for a minute. It’s completely legal to purchase as much of it as you desire. If you consume excessive, it can trigger liver damage, addiction, even death. Inning accordance with the CDC, in 2014 alone, more Americans died from alcohol-induced causes (30,722) than from overdoses of prescription pain relievers and heroin integrated (28,647). So, there were more alcohol related deaths in 2014 than heroin associated deaths (and we keep hearing that there’s a national heroin epidemic in this nation), yet I am not restricted to the quantity of alcohol I can buy.
If it’s such a lethal compound, then shouldn’t it be regulated more? Could you think of if the federal government did such a thing? Let’s limit the quantity of beer to a six-pack per individual each day and see just how much rioting there ‘d be in the streets! Look, if a compound is legal to acquire, then I need to be enabled to buy as much of it as I so desire. To me, that’s the definition of a legal compound.
Ohio’s current “legalization” of medical marijuana is without a doubt the most pathetic I’ve seen so far. Ohio’s Home Bill 523 (which was passed on May 26), just legalizes non-smokeable cannabis. And, when it concerns drug tests at work, medical cannabis patients have no security. They can be fired for breaking a “drug-free office policy” if cannabis is found in their systems throughout a drug screening (which also would make them disqualified for welfare).
Hypothetically, as an authorized medical marijuana client in Ohio, I can take a medication that can considerably assist my condition and then lose my job, or I can go on suffering and keep my job and therefore have the ability to support my family. See how Home Bill 523 does not in fact legislate anything?
Legislators approximate it will take anywhere between two months and 2 years to set up and execute all the asinine rules associated with this bill. So when the media reported that Ohio legalized cannabis, that implies Ohio homeowners will not actually be able to get medical marijuana cards or lawfully consume it up until perhaps 2 years from now!
I want to know what lawmakers are so scared of when it comes to really legalizing cannabis. What are the adverse effects of this medication? Clients feel better. It assists people manage chronic discomfort without addiction or death. We simply lost Prince, among the greatest musical icons of my home state of Minnesota, due to prescription pill overdose. If his physician recommended him cannabis, I believe he would still be with us today. And as a “recreational” compound, name me someone who smokes weed and then wakes up the next day not remembering devoting violent or aggressive acts, which is so generally related to alcohol use.
I’m a perfectionist. If a compound is legal, it needs to be legal. Yes, let’s tax it, let’s earn money off of it, but let’s not manage it to the point where individuals live in worry of having excessive of this “legal” compound on them at an offered moment. When people buy cigarettes, they don’t fret if they have too many packs in the trunk of their car, yet there is not one medical advantage of smoking cigarettes. It prevails understanding that cigarettes slowly eliminate you. So addictive substances that eliminate people: perfectly legal. A medical compound that has proven time and time once again to have practically zero negative effects and can in fact help individuals: not completely legislated, and numerous Americans run the risk of going to prison if they utilize it.
On Election Day, I’m voting for people who will actually legalize this incredible plant. We don’t know what’s in our future or what remains in our children’s futures. Our liked ones might be detected with cancer, Huntington’s, ALS, epilepsy, glaucoma, Crohn’s illness, PTSD, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia or any variety of illnesses that marijuana deals with. It’s in all our best interests to make cannabis legal for every single American.
Commentary by Jesse Ventura, the former guv of Minnesota and the author of “ Jesse Ventura’s Cannabis Manifesto”( Sept. 6 2016). He was a Navy SEAL and is a Vietnam veteran. He was likewise a professional wrestler from 1975 to 1986 under the ring name Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Follow him on Twitter @GovJVentura. For more insight from CNBC factors, follow @CNBCopinion on Twitter.