In 2005 I used to get outdoor from a buddy. He and his dad grew it in their 'back 40' and sold it throughout the year. It was some cheap strain undiscript of cannabinoid content, but it did the trick~ or so I thought. They even bought one of those at-home vacuum sealer things to store the portions in the freezer. I paid that guy $60 for 7 shoddy grams of medicine about once every two weeks. I didn't know until I shared a doob with a co-worker that I'd been smoking moldy weed that whole time.
That was almost a decade ago and 7 grams of Cannabis still costs me $60 ... and that's from the "criminals" who sell it on the street. Hmmm ... maybe not so criminal if inflation hasn't hit them yet? Yes I realize I'm admitting a crime here, but the point of this blog post is to shine a light on the criminals, the compassionates, and we the consumers.
I'm a consumer who will be 41 very soon, and the only pill I take is a seasonal allergy pill. Every other ailment I have can be remedied with one of my Cannabis concoctions.
That very statement should illustrate to you very clearly WHY Cannabis is still illegal.
I used to be on many pills:
I had the pill for my stomach acid~over $1 a pill
I had the pills for my depression~over $1 a pill multiplied by however many he prescribed
I had Ibupr*fen for any aches & pains~took one at first onset
I had Gr@vol for the my insomnia~don't take too many or my legs would twitch
I even bought this multi that was supposed to maintain liver health while I was on all of the above pills. Laughable gullibility and yet I'm not alone.
Now for the compassionates. This is where it gets confusing. Pay attention :) Because of a court order, Health Canada had to provide access to Cannabis for it's legal cardholders. So this they have done, in the form of compassionate legal producers who are under very strict guidelines. But in actual practice, price, and production ... these LP's are light on the compassion and heavy on the price. Heavy on the profit. They refuse to give any discount for multiple grams, most refuse to give lower prices the way the Designated Growers did. And all in all ... they don't produce the same plant.
Plants of almost all kinds, love human interaction. I've written of this before, how plants do better when read to, meditated with, given love and tender loving care. Studies have proven this without a doubt. But none of the Licensed Producers with their white coats and super sterility have time for TLC. That's not part of their job description.
For me, it's like comparing those gross pre-packaged store bought butter tarts to the ones my mom or sister make. No friggin comparison.
Now ... let's finally get to the criminals. Though ... you'll soon see that they at times confuse roles with the compassionates. Yes that's right. We all think criminals are only in it for money. But that's the thing about labels. To some, the friend of a friend who helps me out should be in jail. But to me, that person has saved my life, my brain, my biology, my family relationships, my future happiness.
I have depression.
Cannabis treats it.
Pills do not.
So remember the $60 I spent on the moldy weed way back when? Well it's still that price, only considerably better quality. That price gives you one gram free too. When you buy more than that you get more for free. I know ... crazy-assed criminals. For as long as I've been partaking in my city, the deals are as follows: buy 7 get one free~buy 14 get 3 free~buy 28 get 8 free. So if you want to infuse some butter or oil with an ounce of this plant, it doesn't cost you a bloody fortune when purchased from a 'criminal' ... but it'll break you if you buy it from an LP. Not that you could buy that much from an LP at a time!
I have a friend who paid a pain specialist $300 to recommend Cannabis. He then hooked her right up with a company called TILRAY. He didn't tell her about the other dozen or so LP's ... just immediately hooked her up with the one. I've heard this same unethical story with this same LP about two other legal cannabis users. Kickbacks? Ski trips? Gift Cards? I thought only the pharmaceutical reps gave gifts with prescriptions to the Docs!!!
And yet, I see another side of that too. I mean, Health Canada may have provided ample access to it's legal Cannabis card holders, but they forgot to educate the Doctors. So, we have a program to provide a medicine to Canadians with a Doctor's recommendation but we have no Doctors who know about said medicine.
Destined to fail?
Destined to fail on purpose?
Could it be that Tilray is educating our Doctors? Seems only natural that very soon, Canada's MMPR program will mirror our Pharmaceutical industry. Doctors learn about the pills they prescribe us from pharmaceutical reps. Will each LP have Cannabis Reps who go around shmoozing Doctors with lunches and clever sample packs the way Pharma Reps do now?
I am one of many who are soon to be over 40 and pharma-free. I am not alone. Soon I'll write a book about this too. I already have total strangers who are now friends who are willing to share their pill history with me, in an effort to educate the world. Humans helping humans.
We live in capitalism where almost every single industry is about profit. The medical industry is very much about this, and yet I will herald it's greatness on the daily. But I feel that we as a Canadian society have to decide if we're willing to give up our health for someone else's profit. We all deserve control of our own health and the medicines that ameliorate that, and we shouldn't have to pay a fortune to do it! Growing this plant for our own personal use must be allowed.
If you agree with me, you don't have to preach about pot to anybody. Just say one factually amazing sentence:
CANNABIS HAS A ZERO DEATH TOLL & is cheaper to grow than Tomatoes :)