Once, the sale of marijuana in California was a very serious crime. When you need to treat marijuana, you must provide a doctor’s certificate and the patient’s own social security number.
But on the first day of 2018, the California Act No. 64 came into effect – marijuana was legalized in California. This means that in California, as long as you are 21 years old, you can legally smoke marijuana. If you want to buy marijuana, you don’t need any medical certificate.
Not only that, but after obtaining a cannabis business license, businesses can also legally sell cannabis. People 21 years of age and older can hold 10 ounces in a private residence, 6 cannabis plants, and up to 1 ounce on the go; can not give marijuana to people under 21, and can provide up to 1 ounce of marijuana to people 21 and older But can’t collect money. Cannabis and marijuana products can be held, produced or transferred, which are legal in California.
In order to buy marijuana, many California marijuana-like people will get up at night and queue up at the door of a licensed cannabis selling point. By the day, the queued people had already queued up.
In different California cities, the price of marijuana varies from $100/oz to the lower, and more than $300/oz for the higher. According to estimates, this market is around $5 billion, and California is expected to be one of the largest casual cannabis markets in the world.
Comparison of recreational marijuana and medical marijuana
Recreational cannabis is not a new form of cannabis. It is simply an ordinary cannabis classified by function. The new regulations only add a prefix to the legalization of cannabis.
Marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, coffee, and chocolate all give you a sense of excitement. When you eat these things, you will be excited, so they are called “entertainment drugs.”
Medical marijuana is used to relieve the pain of patients. It is often used to promote the appetite of cancer patients, relieve pain through paralysis, and has a significant effect on persistent pain.
In radiotherapy, marijuana can kill cancer cells and enhance the effect. Chemotherapy and AIDS can also use marijuana to reduce nausea and vomiting and avoid mental arrogance. Intraocular pressure control for glaucoma patients also has a good effect.
In some clinical cases, cannabis is the least effective side effect and cannot be replaced by drugs such as morphine.
Hemp is divided into cannabis containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and cannabis containing no THC. Medical cannabis containing THC can have a significant stimulating effect on the spirit. Among them, 11 states open marijuana without THC, and 26 states open medical marijuana containing THC components.
When a patient needs marijuana, he must get a prescription issued by a doctor, and take a prescription to a legal store to purchase. The dosage to be purchased also has strict requirements.
Harm of cannabis
In the United States, many people, while pursuing the decriminalization of marijuana, ignore the destructive and addictive nature of marijuana and have a very bad impact. The data show that in the US cannabis withdrawal center, about 45% are under 21 years old, and 55% are under 24 years old. This shows that young people are the main force of addiction. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the dangers of cannabis – some mistakes in governance policies may cause it to have a significant adverse impact on our generation for generations.
The most direct response to smoking marijuana is the acceleration of the heartbeat. The marijuana exerts a medicinal inhibition of the central nervous system, which makes people’s coordination worse during a period of time and produces a sense of intoxication. Some extreme smokers may panic or anxiety, and most have symptoms of depression and lethargy.
More than that, according to scientific research, the active ingredients in cannabis will “lose away” in the body until weeks or months later.
Don’t say that tobacco is more injurious than marijuana. The carcinogen in marijuana is 50%-70% more than in tobacco. A study reports that the same amount of cannabis and tobacco damage to the lungs is 1:5. If you smoke marijuana for a long time, the risk of developing cancer and respiratory diseases will multiply.
Cannabis not only harms our body, but also has a significant adverse effect on the brain. In 2008, a study in Australia showed that long-term abuse of cannabis ingredients would greatly increase the probability of people suffering from mental illness.
Cannabis also destroys the reproductive system, deforming the male sperm structure and disrupting the menstrual cycle of women. Moreover, it is one of the few drugs that can cause abnormal cell division. The consumption of marijuana is likely to cause adverse reactions in cells, leading to serious genetic defects.
Pregnant women who smoke marijuana are more likely to give birth too early and give birth to underweight baby. Young people who smoke marijuana tend to reduce their initiative and become life-threatening targets, which can lead to leukemia and bone cancer.
Will legalization of marijuana be short-lived?
Since marijuana has so many drawbacks, why is the California government so keen on legalizing marijuana? Is the legalization of recreational marijuana a short-lived phenomenon? The following points can be clearly stated, this is not the case. The California government needs marijuana to help them stabilize society and finances, and their remarks give some reasons.
First, government taxes can be increased. In 2015, Colorado’s medical and recreational marijuana sales totaled more than $969 million, and taxes collected totaled more than $135 million. According to Arcview Market Research, cannabis sales in North America are expected to grow to $20.1 billion by 2021.
Compared to Colorado, California is clearly a bigger cake. According to a study by ICF International, sales of California cannabis are likely to be several times higher than Colorado after the market matures.
Second, growing and selling cannabis can create many jobs. The legalization of cannabis can create labor demand for cannabis plantations and cannabis outlets, which can solve the employment problems of tens of thousands of people and bring vitality to the regional economy.
According to ICF research, California’s entertainment cannabis sales are legalized to create at least 81,000 direct or indirect jobs, and total labor income will increase by at least $3.5 billion.