The benefits of cannabis are endless, the use of medical
marijuana (higher CBD content) has been widely successful in treating those who
suffer from anxiety, pain and inflammation as it reduces nausea and vomiting
brought on by cancer and chemotherapy, it relaxes muscles in people with MS,
stimulates appetite, and aids with weight gain in people with terminal illness,
has shown promise in treating severe autism as well as ADHD, cerebral palsy,
pain linked to arthritis and gout, PTSD, and is even used in moderation during
recovery from drug or alcohol abuse.
Cannabinoids are even easily available in non-psychoactive
forms such as Delta-8 THC, helpful to anyone who is sensitive to psychoactive
effects more commonly associated with Delta-9 THC or those who suffer from
mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder among others.
This is not to say the only people who can benefit from
cannabis are those with a medical condition, marijuana is also safe to use
recreationally and can improve quality of life when taken responsibly.
Cannabinoids (the umbrella term for which all these
different compounds found in cannabis fall under), can help with sleep,
anxiety, relaxing, stress to needing improved focus, better mood and euphoric
There is no doubt that marijuana is much safer than
cigarettes and alcohol, the negatives you might associate with it are from a
time of stigmatisation, ignorantly labelling it as dangerous or drug use.
I can assure you it is nothing but a plant, harmless and
used to help people in a multitude of ways.
So in this day and age you have to be disgusted when you
read in the Cook Islands News on Tuesday
that the police are wasting their time and taxpayers money by hunting
down alleged harmless cannabis sellers and users.
Furthermore, the police want to deny someone bail on
marijuana charges, they would rather see them rot in prison, that’s inhumane
The police are trying to use the ridiculous excuse to keep
someone in prison while they continue to investigate.
It is time for PM Mark Brown to legalise the use, growth and
distribution of cannabinoids in the Cook Islands.
There is all this talk about diversifying our economy and
marijuana is an untapped goldmine.
Don’t worry about the sanctimonious holier than thou
religious zealots that would oppose cannabis legalisation, they are the same
people who are opposed to decriminalising homosexuality in the Cook Islands.