You just have to love Redditors. We have been sharing posts from the CannabizDaily blog on Reddit and we have received a lot of comments that have helped us better understand the issues we are writing about. Here are some of them.
1. Aussie Dad faces jail for growing cannabis to help daughters with Crohn’s disease
(Link to article is here.)
This article is about Stephen Taylor, a father in Australia whose two daughters both suffer from Crohn’s disease, which is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract and can lead to severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, malnutrition, and fatigue. Taylor’s daughters, Ariel (25) and Morgan (21), have also suffered from severe side effects after taking conventional medication, including arthritis, severe anaphylaxis, and hemorrhaging.
Out of despair, Steve decided to try a cannabis-based treatment for his girls. However, because of the lengthy and arduous application process that doctors need to go through in behalf of their patients who need access to medical cannabis, the girls’ doctors refused.
So Steve decided to grow his own cannabis plants and make his own cannabis juice for his daughters to take thrice a day. Ariel and Morgan attest that drinking cannabis juice has significantly improved their health and has allowed them to live more normal lives.
However, police had raided the Taylors’ home, where more than a hundred cannabis plants were found. Steve is now facing jail because of it.
Reddit user /u/jackiegoldchains lamented that not only is this a gross injustice to both the father and his sick daughters, but it also disregards the fact that there is scientific proof that cannabis helps patients with Crohn’s disease achieve full remission. A fact that is seconded by a lot of users, and with /u/GSlicee also pointing out the fact that “pharmaceutical companies have more money.”
A lot of the comments on this article talked about how screwed up this world is, and how most governments ignore the evidence supporting cannabis. People have labeled such governments from as tame as “too conservative” to “corrupt, ignorant and bought off.”
2. Massachusetts finalizes regulations for recreational cannabis
(Link to article is here.)
This post is about Massachusetts’ cannabis regulators approving the proposed cannabis regulations that will govern the sales of recreational cannabis. The Cannabis Control Commission has given the final draft of regulations the green light after introducing a few tweaks. This means that the state will be able to meet its July 1 target date for the opening of recreational pot sales.
The top comment on this article in the /r/massachusetts subreddit took a dig at Boston Mayor Martin “Marty” Walsh having a problem with the regulations.
To give you a backgrounder, Walsh had openly opposed the legalization of recreational cannabis. Last year, he urged Boston councilors to tax legal marijuana to the max. Now, with the news about the state’s cannabis regulations being approved, Walsh, together with Governor Charlie Baker, is pressuring the CCC to delay its scheduled July launch for retail businesses and is calling for a slower, two-phase cannabis industry rollout.
One user explains:
“Marty Walsh’s position on this is really frustrating to me. He was addicted to alcohol. He got better and that is great. Many people cope with opio(i)d withdrawal with edibles. How he can’t see the parallels of the current epidemic to his own life and recovery is maddening.”
Another user pointed out that they have been hearing about this cannabis rollout for years. /u/st112570 said, “I’ll believe it when I see it because they’ve been saying that for the better part of five years.”
Stay posted for the second part of our Reddit cannabis discussion highlights.