Let’s Talk About Legalization and Commerce
Let’s talk about Cannabis and the evolving legalities surrounding the growth, manufacture, and sale of cannabis products. I, of course, am in favor of legalization of marijuana for numerous reasons. Not the least of which is that the government prohibition is ignorant, ineffective and generally harmful to society. We are now experiencing a slow wave of changing laws as the stigma of reefer madness continues to fade, and as the health and wellness benefits continues to emerge.
Krishna Andavolu is a pioneering video journalist on all things cannabis, and it is definitely worth watching his groundbreaking series Weediquette (Weediquette – VICE TV). He covers many aspects of the effects of changing laws of everyday people on the borderlands and crossroads of legalization. Thanks Krishna, great work and awesome reporting! I love your series.
Creating a Sticky Situation
For the government, taxation is a key driving force, but the government has put itself in a position that it must compete with the black market that it created with decades of prohibition. Let’s hope they strike a good balance that will allow markets to work and thrive.
Now we have a situation in which cannabis is fully legal for adults in some states, legal for medical use only in other states and illegal in still other states. The profound and natural way the cannabinoids such as CBD, CBDa, CBG, CBDa and THC and others can contribute to wellness and healthcare is well documented and we are learning more all the time. Plus, we are discovering that the psychoactive, spiritual, nutritional, practical, industrial and other aspects of the plant have been well known since ancient times.
Cannabis Karma – You Reap What You Sow
Why then, is a plant that has been cultivated for many thousands of years and has proven spiritual, medical, industrial uses and benefits, still illegal in many states here in the Land of Liberty? Is it the dark side of reefer madness? Maybe, but however you slice it, it is all part of Cannabis Karma.
What is karma? The main thing to keep in mind is that karma is about cause and effect. One way to look it is to consider that everything unfolds and occurs the way it does through karma – or cause and effect.
Picking up on a plant related theme, actions of body, speech and mind are causes that are like seeds that are planted, and the seeds will ripen in a particular way and time as influenced by other karmas such as what kind of soil they are planted in, how much sun and water is received and so on.
Probably the most famous one-line answer to “what is karma?” is: “You reap what you sow”.
The Collective Karma
Another thing to keep in mind is that we have collective karma. One implication is that the way we collectively think, feel and act in relationship to cannabis has an effect on the conscious energy around cannabis use and production.
The research and understanding of what we can do with cannabis also helps to shine a light. I encourage all who are interested to keep an open mind and think about all the positive aspects cannabis can have in contributing to a society that is sustainable, holistic, good for the planet, and good for the body and mind when understood and utilized properly.
Bottom line, I hope we all can plant good seeds, tend the ground lovingly and enjoy a good harvest!!
Here’s wishing you all very good karma and radiant health as we move forward.
Dr Llama Mike Soo