Lifeline at Ground Zero: Cannabis Substitution Project

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CANNABIS CULTURE – My name is Neil Magnuson, I am the founder and director of the Cannabis Substitution Project which is now in its 3rd year of delivering free of charge “care packs” of higher dose Cannabis edibles to persons on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, to offset and replace the use of opioids and street drugs that are killing persons at an alarming price for the previous handful of years.

As a “rights activist” my concern is about freedom, with my purpose getting the recognition by governing bodies of the “natural rights” of each person adult to be free of charge.

The attempts by governing bodies to prohibit or restrict access to Cannabis (and other plant and herbal  medicines) is the most apparent and glaring instance of governments not respecting our all-natural rights, as Cannabis is one particular of the most benign, useful and useful plants discovered in nature.

Our all-natural rights are not bestowed upon us by other folks and they supersede and overrule laws and restrictions placed on us by these governing bodies.

Organic rights enable for the freedom to do or not do as we opt for as men and women as extended as we do not harm other folks.

They also come with a all-natural “responsibility” to not only do no harm but to do what you can to protect against harm getting performed by other folks.

These all-natural rights have globally and historically been violated by governing bodies so that it is clear they can under no circumstances be trusted. Citizens want to be regularly vigilant to curb the abuses of energy that take place.

The violations of our rights is what drives me as an activist and the try to prohibit and restrict Cannabis is my lead situation.

If you are not free of charge to develop, access or consume Cannabis you are absolutely not “free”

Governing bodies do have a part to play in regulating the production and distribution of issues that pose a threat and bring about harm but these regulations want to be affordable, proof primarily based and balanced with respect to human rights. They also want to fall quick of causing an unregulated provide to be set up, particularly for the additional risky substances. That is the mandate of the regulators.

In Canada, right after numerous years of fighting the immoral and unjustified prohibition of Cannabis, the government was forced to “legalize” and “regulate” Cannabis, but this is NOT the legalization we have been fighting for.

Alternatively it is an try to take more than and monopolize the production and sale of Cannabis by government good friends and insiders even though wiping out the currently vibrant and entrenched sector that has created to meet the significant and rising demand.

Prohibition increases demand and guarantees an underground provide.

They are attempting to do this by force with improved penalties and additional wasted tax dollars for enforcement.

In numerous techniques this is prohibition two..

The government’s program suggests only “licensed producers” can provide government authorized shops that are topic to outrageously strict regulations that outcome in more than priced, grossly more than-packaged, low high quality Cannabis that is sprayed with chemical substances or irradiated to kill all microbes (with no justification for this whatsoever).

Folks developing and/or promoting Cannabis outdoors the program are topic to even harsher penalties than prior to so known as legalization.

This fake legalization is getting harshly rejected by the informed public and veteran Cannabis customers.

Worst of all there is no provision in the governments scheme to enable for access to medicinal Cannabis items, particularly higher dose edibles which are incredibly useful for health-related desires and for these wanting to replace the use of opioids and other street drugs.

Which brings me back to the Cannabis Substitution Project.

This project was my response to the opioid overdose crisis since I had discovered how productive Cannabis higher dose edibles had been for numerous persons in replacing opioids.  I opened and operated Vancouver’s second Cannabis dispensary in 2004 on the Downtown Eastside exactly where there is a significant neighborhood of persons addicted to opioids and other street drugs.

You can not smoke as well significantly cannabis but you can consume as well significantly and commit a incredibly uncomfortable day or two. ( fortunately it can not kill you or outcome in any extended term wellness concerns).

The vast majority of persons who are addicted to opioids are making use of them to battle either physical or emotional discomfort. In numerous or most instances these are the abused or traumatized young children (now adults) of our societies who deserve our compassion but alternatively are stigmatized and utilized as  scapegoats to justify the prohibition of Cannabis and other plant medicines that would compete with “big pharma”, alcohol and other substances utilized for profit by our governments and corporations.

Our project delivers free of charge higher dose edibles to a significant line up of persons twice a week for nicely more than two years now with wonderful achievement, getting lost only two persons of the 160 or so “regulars” to the overdose crisis in the 27 months we have been operating. Cannabis has undoubtedly saved numerous lives.

We are at present providing out roughly 250 care packs of four-six edibles and a couple of joints twice a week.

We do not acquire any assist or acknowledgment from any level of governments but thankfully we also have not had any interference.

They absolutely are conscious of what we are performing as I have informed all three levels of government given that we began and have been asking for help.

The whole project is run by devoted volunteers and supplied by compassionate donators.

What we are performing is illegal according to the laws in Canada but in our opinion laws are place in location to attempt and guard persons and protect against harm but when they fail to do that and are alternatively harming persons ( by stopping access to life saving medicine for instance) then these laws are of no force and impact and should be broken.

It is the all-natural duty of human beings to stand against undesirable laws that are harming additional than defending.

We stand by that and I hope you will all stand with us.



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