We have shared some of CannabizDaily’s articles on Reddit and the discussions on various cannabis news and issues are engaging. That is why we want to give you a glimpse into these discussions.
11. Indiana legislator pushes for legalization of cannabis oil
(Link to the article is here.)
The article is about Senator Jim Tomes of Wadesville, Indiana, filing a bill to officially legalize cannabis oil in the state. This will make cannabis oil available and accessible throughout Indiana.
Called HB 1106, the proposed legislation clarifies that cannabidiol oil or CBD oil is already legal on paper as it isn’t included in the state’s “controlled substances” list. However, six months before the bill’s filing, a media investigation revealed that Indiana’s Excise Police had raided health stores, seized their supply of CBD products, and also cited them for cannabis possession. This happened without the knowledge of the state attorney general, the governor’s office, and the state police.
Excise police are responsible for enforcing laws under the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
One user, /u/legomaniac89, called out to Governor Eric Holcomb and AG Curtis Hill, saying that cannabis is the best way to fight the opioid crisis.
Meanwhile, /u/redgr812 urged Indiana to legalize cannabis and collect tax money from it, so that the state can use it to improve roads that were never fixed. Legalizing marijuana would also mean more jobs.
Another user, /u/aidsfarts, said:
“In bizzaro world Indiana could take a very liberal stance with pot allowing farmers to grow it completely changing the economy of this state for the better. Instead Indiana will be one of the last ten or so states to legalize pot not capitalizing on the green rush in any way and continue to be a punch line for the rest of the country.”
12. Florida groups push for state legalization of recreational cannabis in 2020
(Link to the article is here.)
The title alone needs no more explanation as to what the article is about.
Most of the comments to this share were from users who expressed doubts about cannabis legalization getting anywhere in the state.
- RawFiber: Unless they’re planning on killing off all the old people (who actually end up voting), good fucking luck.
- freediverx01: Florida voters already approved medical marijuana and the GOP-controlled legislature effectively ignored them. South Florida should secede from the northern part of the state, which should rightly be called Southeast Alabama.
- crow1170: How bizarre is it that we have to argue for something years in advance? Like, going to war happens literally overnight sometimes, and Gay Marriage, while fought for a long time, was not here one day then suddenly here the next. But what’s the rationale for saying “We’ll give you two more years of this ridiculousness, then we’re not tolerating it any longer!”?
13. The cost of jailing marijuana offenders is simply too high to be justified
(Link to article is here.)
This blog entry talks about how cannabis legalization would free up resources that will otherwise be used to arrest, jail, and prosecute people for cannabis-related offenses. The police force, for one, would be freed from having to bust weed users and instead focus their energies on stopping more serious crimes. The courts’ dockets will also be free from marijuana-related cases.
The State of Virginia is one strong proof that prosecuting cannabis-related cases and the subsequent jail time costs the state more than what’s necessary. Virginia’s police force had arrested more than 133,000 offenders on possession charges. Around 10,000 first-time offenders each year are convicted and are jailed for possession of cannabis.
By July 2017, there were 127 people in jail for cannabis. These 127 people in jail are costing Virginia at least $10,000 per day – a lot of good taxpayers’ money!
User /u/stevetrentwilliamson agrees with us, saying that the money saved could be used to fight the rampant crime that is happening on their streets. Meanwhile, /u/charbo187 railed against the corruption associated with the war on drugs. This user insinuated that “When the govt. spends money it doesn’t disappear into a *bleeeep* black hole. It goes into somebody’s pocket/bank account.”
He also added that the war on drugs makes trillion, and is big business, making it very difficult for legislation to truly happen.
Another user chimed in and citing figures from an app puts a monetary figure on the costs associated with the war on drugs for the past decade. According to his estimates, the cost would be at $45.9 billion, growing around $3,000 per second.