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UNGASS 2016 May Signal an International Shift Regarding Drug Control and Legalization
In 1971, Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon introduced the war on drugs to the world by declaring drugs and drug users/abusers “public enemy number one.” The initial plan to combat this “enemy” was for eradication, interruption of shipments and sales, and incarceration. Today, the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for an end to the war on drugs, estimates that the United States spends $51 billion annually on these initiatives.
For years, governments have called for a new approach to the ineffective international war on drugs. Pressed by Latin American Member State leaders, the United Nations General Assembly, the policy-making portion of the United Nations, is finally listening to this outcry for change.
The United Nations General Assembly plans to hold a review of drug control policies during a Special Session taking place April 19–21, 2016, in New York City. This session is called UNGASS 2016.
What is UNGASS?
In a nutshell, UNGASS may be the first step towards international legalization, but just in case you want the full picture of what UNGASS is, here is the detailed answer.
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session, or UNGASS, is a meeting of UN Member States to assess and debate global issues. This Special Session will be an important benchmark in assessing policy goals set in the 2009 document, "Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem," which defined actions to be taken and goals to be achieved by Member States comprising the UN by 2019.
At the request of Latin American Members states, including Mexico, Colombia, and Guatemala, a Special Session was requested to assess “the achievements and challenges in countering the world drug problem.”
Why does this Special Session matter?
UNGASS 2016 will an opportunity to reevaluate the so-called war on drugs and the antiquated drug policies adopted by many countries, including the United States. It may also be the first step towards international legalization.
As evidence mounts that the global drug war has been a costly failure, the idea of a unified global effort for reform has never been stronger. Demand for a major overhaul of global drug policy has been gaining momentum, both in the U.S. and abroad.
In December 2015, Colombia made a bold move to legalize medical marijuana. Colombia will be one of many countries that have joined a growing reform delegation that will be front and center at UNGASS 2016. By legalizing medical marijuana, Colombia is one of many Latin American nations from Mexico to Uruguay to Chile who have moved either towards decriminalizing marijuana or allowing for its medicinal use, or both.
But why should I care?
There are many reasons to care, but one of the main reasons you should care is the money that you and I are paying for this so-called war. In 2010, the U.S. federal government spent over $15 billion dollars on the war on drugs at a rate of about $500 per second. (Source: Office of National Drug Control Policy).
More than 1.5 million drug arrests are made every year in the U.S. and the overwhelming majority of these arrests are for possession only.
Decriminalizing drug possession can provide several major benefits for public safety and health, such as:
- Significantly reducing the number of people arrested and incarcerated;
- Increasing intake into drug treatment;
- Reducing criminal justice costs and redirecting resources from criminal justice to health systems;
- Redirecting law enforcement resources to prevent serious and violent crime;
- Addressing racial disparities in drug law enforcement and sentencing, incarceration and related health outcomes;
- Minimizing stigma and creating a climate in which people who use drugs are less fearful of seeking and accessing treatment, utilizing harm reduction services and receiving HIV/AIDS services; and
- Protecting people from the wide-ranging and debilitating consequences of a criminal conviction
Ways to get involved and to gain further education
Stay informed and get vocal! It is clear that the original plan for the so-called war on drugs has not worked. It is time to develop more realistic and more progressive ideas. Call and/or email your state representatives to lobby for more progressive drug policies.
To stay current with all the events and happenings around UNGASS, websites have been created by organizations, such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Drug Policy Consortium. These websites, and many others, will be updated to keep the global community informed about the timeline of important dates leading up to the April UNGASS and the various topics to be discussed.
That status quo and the same old, same old mentality of doing things when it comes to drug policies have been proven ineffective. UNGASS may be the start of an international conversation that could lead to revamped drug policies. Stay tuned!
Have leftover stuffing, turkey (even if its just slices from the deli) and mash potatoes? Make this DELICIOUS cannabis recipe and look awesome in front of all your friends! It's one of our very favorites!
Prep Time: 35 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 15 min
Yield: 8 servings
If you already have leftover stuffing, just add cannabis butter and move to step 2!
6 hot dog buns cut into 1/2 inch pieces & separated
4 tabelspoons of cannabis butter
1 cup Medium-diced Sweet Yellow Onion
1/2 cup Medium-diced Celery (1 stalk)
1 Granny Smith Apple, Unpeeled, Cored and Medium-diced
1 Tablespoon Chopped Flat-leaf Italian Parsley
1/2 Tablespoon Kosher or Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 Package of Spicy Breakfast Sausage
2 Cups of Leftover Turkey or 1/2 Package of Carved Turkey Slices Medium-diced
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
2. Mashed Potatoes:
If you already have leftover potatoes, just add the cannabis butter and move to step 3!
2/3 Cup of Instant Mashed Potato Flakes
1/3 Cup of Milk
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Tablespoon of Cannabis Butter
2/3 Cup of Water
3. Egg Roll Wrappers:
1 Egg Beaten
8 Egg Roll Wraps
1 Tablespoon of Water
1 Can of Cranberries
2 Cups of Canola Oil
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Recipe for Cannabis Infused Stuffing:
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F
Step 2: Place hot dog bun pieces on a cookie sheet in a single layer and bake for 7 minutes. Once the bread becomes toasted raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Transfer the breadcrumbs from oven to a a large mixing bowl.
Step 3: In a large saute pan, melt the cannabis butter, add the chopped onions, celery, apples, parsley, turkey, 1/2 tablespoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Saute over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened, and onions golden. Remove from pan and add to the large mixing bowl containing the breadcrumbs.
Step 4: Using the same saute pan, cook the sausage over high heat for about 7-10 minutes, until the sausage is browned and cooked through, breaking up the sausage with a spatula or fork while cooking. Do not drain. Add sausage to bread crumbs and vegetables.
Step 5: Add the chicken broth and cranberries to the mixture, mix well, and pour into a 9 x 12 baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes, until browned on top and hot in the center. Let cool.
Recipe for Cannabis Infused Mashed Potatoes:
Step 6: Heat 2/3 Cup of Water, Tablespoon of Cannabis Butter, 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt in a small saucepan until boiling.
Step 7: Remove from heat.
Step 8: Add milk to saucepan. Stir in potato flakes with fork until potatoes are desired consistency.
Recipe for Stuffing-Stuffed Egg Rolls:
Step 9: Position egg roll wrapper so that it appears as a diamond in front of you. Scoop a tablespoon of mashed potatoes and a handful of stuffing & turkey mixture on the bottom center of the egg roll wrapper. Roll the egg roll wrapper, tucking in sides. Take a tablespoon of the beaten egg and spread it on the top 1/3rd of the egg roll to seal the egg roll wrapper. Repeat process until all the egg rolls are made.
Step 10: Add canola oil to a large frying pan on high heat.
Step 11: Once the oil is boiling and using tongs, place several egg rolls in the frying pan. After a minute flip egg rolls. Cook until golden brown then remove and place on a plate. Blot with paper towels.
Step 12: Remove cranberries from corn and stir into a medium sized bowl.
Dip egg rolls into cranberries and enjoy!
(Original BlackoutX Recipe)
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacksam Corporation is pleased to announce that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Purple Haze Properties, LLC to manufacture and distribute vaporizers and various cannabis accessories bearing the name and imagery of musician Jimi Hendrix, who many herald as one of the most prominent figures to combine Rock & Roll with cannabis.
The "HazeSticks" brand is derived from the name of one of Hendrix's most iconic songs and his historical desire to bring the cannabis industry to a mainstream audience. Jimi Hendrix was a trendsetter in both talent and style; his affection for cannabis was central to the origins of the current industry trends. "Jimi was an integral part of the psychedelic movement through his music and actions and is a natural fit to brand in the cannabis community. We are excited to release 'HazeSticks' and carry on that legacy to a whole new generation of fans," states Leon Hendrix. more...(press release here).
Blackout X announced that it is teaming up with Silver State Trading, Nevada's premier cultivator, manufacturer and distributor of medical-grade cannabis and associated products. Non-filled versions of several Blackout X vaporizers will be on display in Las Vegas on November 10-13, 2015.
"We are excited to collaborate with Silver State Trading to bring Blackout X™ to Nevada. Their extensive expertise in cultivating, manufacturing and distributing medical cannabis, aligned with our top of the line brand of vaporizers, is a perfect partnership," said Blackout X.
About Jacksam Corporation "Soon Registered Patients across Nevada will gain legal access to Medical-Grade Cannabis. Along with infused-products, NV Patients should consider not only what to consume but how to consume it. Smokeless vaporizers offer a more discrete, convenient and healthful alternative than most traditional smoking methods. With Blackout X, Silver State Trading offers Dispensary Operators the highest quality and most innovative vaporizers on the market," said Silver State Trading co-President and co-CEO John Sutton.
Jacksam Corp. was established in 2013 with a commitment to build an upscale brand that is stylish, stealth, and versatile, including products that do not require charging. The devices line, Blackout X, is the only refillable, disposable vape pen on the market. With Blackout X, customers can refill the device with e-liquids, oils, soft wax, and cannabis oils. As a result, Blackout X delivers the best and most convenient vaping experience there is. For more information, visit Blackoutx.com.
About Silver State Trading
Silver State Trading is dedicated to becoming Nevada's premier cultivator, manufacturer and distributor of medical-grade cannabis and associated products. Based in Sparks, Nevada, we will soon operate out of a state-of-the-art facility offering co-located cultivation and infused-product manufacturing. Silver State Trading was founded by a dedicated team of Medical Professionals, Entrepreneurs and Law Enforcement, all aligned around establishing a best-of-breed organization operating inside the Nevada regulatory framework, and providing medical-grade cannabis products to patients in need. For more information, visit www.silverstatetrading.com