Cannabis Culture

Lifeline at Floor Zero: Hashish Substitution Undertaking

CANNABIS CULTURE – My identify is Neil Magnuson, I’m the founder and director of the Hashish Substitution Undertaking which is now in its third yr of offering free “care packs” of excessive dose Hashish edibles to individuals on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, to offset and exchange using opioids and road medication which are killing individuals at an alarming fee for the previous few years.

As a “rights activist” my concern is about freedom, with my purpose being the popularity by governing our bodies of the “pure rights” of each particular person grownup to be free.

The makes an attempt by governing our bodies to ban or prohibit entry to Hashish (and different plant and natural  medicines) is the obvious and obtrusive instance of governments not respecting our pure rights, as Hashish is without doubt one of the most benign, helpful and helpful vegetation present in nature.

Our pure rights will not be bestowed upon us by others and so they supersede and overrule legal guidelines and restrictions positioned on us by these governing our bodies.

Pure rights permit for the liberty to do or not do as we select as people so long as we don’t hurt others.

In addition they include a pure “duty” to not solely do no hurt however to do what you possibly can to stop hurt being carried out by others.

These pure rights have globally and traditionally been violated by governing our bodies in order that it’s clear they will by no means be trusted. Residents must be continuously vigilant to curb the abuses of energy that occur.

The violations of our rights is what drives me as an activist and the try to ban and prohibit Hashish is my lead subject.

In case you are not free to develop, entry or eat Hashish you’re actually not “free”

Governing our bodies do have a job to play in regulating the manufacturing and distribution of issues that pose a threat and trigger hurt however these laws must be cheap, proof primarily based and balanced with respect to human rights. In addition they have to fall in need of inflicting an unregulated provide to be arrange, particularly for the extra harmful substances. That’s the mandate of the regulators.

In Canada, after a few years of combating the immoral and unjustified prohibition of Hashish, the federal government was pressured to “legalize” and “regulate” Hashish, however that is NOT the legalization we now have been combating for.

As a substitute it’s an try to take over and monopolize the manufacturing and sale of Hashish by authorities associates and insiders whereas wiping out the already vibrant and entrenched trade that has developed to fulfill the massive and growing demand.

Prohibition will increase demand and ensures an underground provide.

They’re making an attempt to do that by drive with elevated penalties and extra wasted tax for enforcement.

In some ways that is prohibition 2.zero.

The federal government’s plan means solely “licensed producers” can provide authorities authorised shops which are topic to outrageously strict laws that lead to overvalued, grossly over-packaged, low high quality Hashish that’s sprayed with chemical compounds or irradiated to kill all microbes (with no justification for this in anyway).

Individuals rising and/or promoting Hashish outdoors the system are topic to even harsher penalties than earlier than so referred to as legalization.

This faux legalization is being harshly rejected by the knowledgeable public and veteran Hashish customers.

Worst of all there isn’t a provision within the governments scheme to permit for entry to medicinal Hashish merchandise, particularly excessive dose edibles that are extraordinarily helpful for medical wants and for these wanting to switch using opioids and different road medication.

Which brings me again to the Hashish Substitution Undertaking.

This challenge was my response to the opioid overdose disaster as a result of I had discovered how efficient Hashish excessive dose edibles had been for many individuals in changing opioids.  I opened and operated Vancouver’s second Hashish dispensary in 2004 on the Downtown Eastside the place there’s a massive group of individuals hooked on opioids and different road medication.

You may’t smoke an excessive amount of hashish however you possibly can eat an excessive amount of and spend a really uncomfortable day or two. ( fortunately it may’t kill you or lead to any long run well being points).

The overwhelming majority of people who find themselves hooked on opioids are utilizing them to battle both bodily or emotional ache. In lots of or most instances these are the abused or traumatized youngsters (now adults) of our societies who deserve our compassion however as an alternative are stigmatized and used as  scapegoats to justify the prohibition of Hashish and different plant medicines that will compete with “massive pharma”, alcohol and different substances used for revenue by our governments and companies.

Our challenge supplies free excessive dose edibles to a big line up of individuals twice per week for properly over 2 years now with nice success, having misplaced solely 2 individuals of the 160 or so “regulars” to the overdose disaster within the 27 months we now have been working. Hashish has positively saved many lives.

We’re at present giving out roughly 250 care packs of Four-6 edibles and a few joints twice per week.

We don’t obtain any assist or acknowledgment from any degree of governments however thankfully we additionally haven’t had any interference.

They actually are conscious of what we’re doing as I’ve knowledgeable all three ranges of presidency since we began and have been asking for assist.

Your entire challenge is run by devoted volunteers and equipped by compassionate donators.

What we’re doing is prohibited in response to the legal guidelines in Canada however in our opinion legal guidelines are put in place to attempt to defend individuals and stop hurt however after they fail to do this and are as an alternative harming individuals ( by stopping entry to life saving medication for instance) then these legal guidelines are of no drive and impact and should be damaged.

It’s the pure duty of human beings to face towards unhealthy legal guidelines which are harming greater than defending.

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

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