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Cannabis rules compared to alcohol
Editor: When prohibition first ended, alcohol was sold in liquor stores in controlled environments and served in bars under restrictions placed on entry by age. Period.
Have you had the freedom of personal human rights to enjoy an alcoholic beverage without fear of arrest either privately in your own home, in public or even in another country?
As time went by, alcohol consumption and domestic brewing laws were relaxed and now anyone without any regulation or licence can brew their own beer or wine in the privacy of their own home. They can also consume it there with their friends, provided everyone is responsible with the care and consumption of the alcohol and the law.
Substitute cannabis for alcohol.
I say that basic personal human rights are being infringed upon — rights already being afforded to alcohol consumers. This drags out this issue of cannabis consumption to the detriment of everyone involved, by instigating a segregation of human rights.
We were allowed to cultivate our own herb. Under new medical marijuana rules, beginning April 1, 2014, we will not be allowed to have the same right we enjoyed.We will again watch our neighbours brew their spirits unhindered — in our faces, so to speak.
Will this mean that I will need to ask for alcohol consumers to stop brewing their own domestic spirits in the privacy of their own homes because I don’t also have these rights as a cannabis consumer? Why the double standard?
Cannabis — just like alcohol — is a pastime. It is a way to relax. Just like tobacco consumption. What do smokers say? I need a cigarette to relax. Beer brewers want more selection and everyone says it’s for personal enjoyment.
If cannabis is decriminalized in the United States, then anyone that puffs for relaxation (even Justin Trudeau) should not be kept from entering into the U.S. from Canada. The world is becoming more aware of the practical uses of cannabis as consumers, and we as a whole world do not believe it should be a criminal act to cultivate or consume it.
Once cannabis is decriminalized, the criminal element will be removed because it won’t be hard to get anymore — just like alcohol. Alcohol is allowed to be transported across the borders and is taxed.
Cultivators and consumers will be responsible and regulated by law, as is the case with every product on the market today.
Why is there a separate distinction for cannabis when all that is required is equality to alcohol consumers. Anyone whom has consumed alcohol and consumed cannabis can find no real distinction between the two. Comparatively they are the same.
I want the re-institution of my basic personal human rights to consume and cultivate cannabis.
cold lake, alberta