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cannabiseduresearch1551 karma

This is probably the most important question. The harms of prohibition are not in the past for those burdened by a conviction for cannabis. The system to move pardons forward has proven to be almost completely broken. Less than 300 people so far! FFS Bill Blair, get this fixed. But there's not a huge surge of voices calling for this. Plenty of people are happy enough to buy their legal weed, invest in their pot stocks, and see the move away from prohibition as complete. There is a great group called [Cannabis Amnesty](https://www.cannabisamnesty.ca/) that could use your help.

cannabiseduresearch1453 karma

This is a huge issue! Part of the issue goes back to the fact the legislation took a very cautious approach, and new rules meant no one had a clear idea of how to meet them. Add that into concern about how to keep the product fresh and consistent, and you end up with plastic containers strong enough to be re-used ferrying coal out of the mines.

Some companies are starting to put up bins for recycling their containers, and this issue is at the forefront of many conversations I've been involved in or heard about. Unfortunately, it falls behind other concerns about getting the industry running efficiently and putting out good, price competitive products.

cannabiseduresearch1239 karma

We don't have those here. Just bad governing, not profit motive I'm afraid.

cannabiseduresearch1159 karma

I think we will. Anne McLellan and the Task Force she headed recommend that Canada start out with very strict limits across the board. They were, at least in some respects, right to be concerned about a transition away from 100 years of prohibition not going smoothly. But we haven't seen big issues so far, and a lot of people (especially medical consumers) need higher doses. We're in year two of regulation after 100 years of prohibition. It's gonna take time to get it right.

cannabiseduresearch1128 karma

Great Q!

I believe we each have a duty to make the world a slightly better place through our actions. Plenty of scientists achieve that goal, I just do it through this avenue instead of something different. I grew up in Los Angeles during the crack wars, saw my high school invaded by undercover cops making ticky-tack pot busts, saw racial injustices perpetrated regularly, and from there I just felt like something was wrong and I needed to understand what was happening. So I started studying drug policy.

Yeah, I like the applied side of the work, and I always have stuff to talk about at parties -remember those :( - but in the end, I just found what works for me and love that no matter how far down the rabbit hole I go I still have so much farther to explore.