Discussions on Reddit can be really interesting and insightful. We at CannabizDaily have shared some of the articles from our blog with Redditors and the comments have been enlightening, to say the least. It is nice to hear what people from different walks of life have to say about the latest cannabis news and the latest cannabis legislation developments.
Here are some more examples of what we’re talking about.
3. San Francisco to drop all cannabis-related convictions since 1975
(Link to the article is here.)
This post is about the city of San Francisco in California – and San Diego, too – deciding to dismiss all of the cannabis-related convictions in the city.
Now that the state has already legalized recreational cannabis and sales have started in January, San Francisco’s prosecutors deemed it logical to move forward by wiping out or reducing criminal convictions related to cannabis that date back to 1975. The city intends to dismiss nearly 3,000 misdemeanor convictions and review 5,000 weed felonies.
The city district attorney said that this is the city’s way of correcting the years of wrongs caused by the country’s failed war on drugs. Through this move, San Francisco will save convicted individuals the time and money they would otherwise spend if they go through the petition process allowed under Proposition 64. The passage of Proposition 64 paved the way to the legalization of recreational cannabis in the state.
It seems that most people agree that the move to reverse convictions for marijuana-related offenses is a good thing. Redditor /u/gullwings commented:
“This was one of the things I wanted to see the most out of legalization. It’s not as sweeping as I’d like it to be, but it’s a positive first step.”
The user also hoped that governments would apologize and admit that cannabis is not as bad as they painted it out to be.
Meanwhile, /u/WiseChoices added:
“YES! How many lives and families have been damaged by that stupid, failed ‘war on drugs’. Imagine if we had invested that much money in education and getting people clean and sober. It would have reduced our homeless populations.”
Some commenters even shared a link to the judicial council form that those who want to appeal their convictions have to fill up and sign.
There were also users who clarified how San Diego and San Francisco’s move was different to what was provided for in Proposition 65.
4. Russian Presidential Hopeful Wants to Legalize Cannabis; Says Weed is Better than Vodka
(Link to the story is here.)
This entry is about Ksenia Anatolyevna Sobchak, Russia’s left-wing presidential candidate who will be challenging current president Vladimir Putin in the March 2018 election, expressing her support for legalizing cannabis in the country. In Russia, cannabis is strictly prohibited.
Sobchak, who is a TV anchor, journalist, actress, former reality TV star, and socialite, contended that marijuana is safer than vodka. Vodka, the Russians’ liquor of choice, has caused a nation-wide health crisis. A 2004 research has found that the country is plagued by very high premature death rates, and looking into the various external causes of these deaths, the researchers have established a link between these deaths and excessive vodka consumption.
While Sobchak clarified that she does not smoke weed nor does she drink vodka excessively, she said that she just doesn’t get why Russians see drinking excessive amounts of vodka as normal practice but using cannabis isn’t, considering that cannabis has less consequences, according to crime statistics.
Choosing to take a lighter tack, Reddit user /u/Autismo said:
“It’ll be embarrassing for America, the land of the sorta kinda free, to be beaten to marijuana legalization by Russia.”
Some people, however, expressed doubts that Russia would soon legalize cannabis. For instance, /u/UWCG thinks that Putin will win a re-election and noted that he is against legalization.
Stay tuned because we have more of these interesting discussions on the various cannabis issues!