Monthly Archives: April 2016

UN OKs medical cannabis

 

The UN has been talking about drugs at their ungass meeting in New York this week. The previous meeting talked about a drug free world. This time however, after the full devastation of the war on drugs has been felt, the UN body has changed. The focus is moving from punishment to a health care approach. There are now more drugs, more readily available than ever before. Simply jailing drug users is not helping. A drug addict is the consequences of a bad environment, bad choices and an availability of drugs. To change this situation, you can’t just focus on one part of the problem. We need a tilt away from our crooked friend, Richard Nixon’s policies of racism and move in a more responsible, compassionate direction.

For cannabis, there has been an interesting positive result. Medical cannabis has been recognized by the majority of participants. This means more acceptance of the plant being used as an alternative to current pharmaceutical options. The language is still unclear, but medical cannabis is moving forward. When we understand that all cannabis use is medicinally beneficial, it finally opens the door for cannabis.

It is now up to the general public. If we organize into cannabis clubs and show that we are both engaged and trustworthy, the plant will be adopted much quicker. Join or create a cannabis club. Get serious about becoming a professional medical cannabis grower but most of all, get active. The grey area surrounding cannabis has just increased in size. It is up to us to fill it with medical cannabis community cooperation.

 

UN ending cannabis war?

 

From the 19th to the 21st of this month, April, the UN meets in New York to renegotiate the legal terms of the international drug restrictions treaties. If you are to listen to the medical and scientific experts, drugs should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal one. Regulating the market for drugs is the sensible, adult action. Right now we have to choose, do we want drug dealers running drugs, or do we want governmental control over a hugely important social issue?

Ungass 2016 is a crucial event towards safe access to medical cannabis for those who benefit from the plant. Ungass can lift the international legal treaties that stop individual countries making their own mind up on cannabis. Cannabis is a safe, health promoting plant when used responsibly. Our government has no right to keep this plant from us. Help spread the word about this meeting :

http://www.unodc.org/ungass2016/