Canada has been leading the legalization of cannabis in North America since it legalized medical marijuana in 2014. This has triggered new agricultural innovation in Canada. Now Canada is considering ending prohibition for adult-use cannabis. But a key issue is protecting youth from substance abuse. Last week Canada’s new Prime Minister was asked, "When can Canadians expect you to legalize pot if you're elected?" Justin Trudeau responded that his government is committed to ending the former Prime Minister’s "failed approach on marijuana that he said makes it easier for young people to get their hands on the drug than beer or cigarettes”.
This is the same issue being debated here in Vermont as our Legislature considers legalizing cannabis for adult-use (it already is legal for medicinal use). Dr. Harry Chen, the VT Commissioner of Public Health noted: "Our smoking rate in teenagers is probably about 13 percent. Our marijuana rate is about 37 percent. One is regulated, one is illegal. I think there's, if you do it right, there's ample room for improvement."
Four other states plus Washington DC have already legalized cannabis through citizen initiatives and more states will do this in the next year. VT may be the first to regulate and tax adult-use cannabis through legislative action. Most of the state-level initiatives allow home cultivation of marijuana and a recent article about the Canadian legalization effort noted: “If home cultivation is not allowed, then cannabis is not truly legalized in Canada. Canadians must have at least as much right to grow their own cannabis as they do to brew their own beer and wine.”
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In June 2014 I did this post seeking input about attitudes and opinions about home “marijuana gardening”. Hundreds of people responded with a surprisingly favorable viewpoint overall.
The next month the New York Times did a week long series on cannabis that included an editorial that recommended repealing prohibition and legalization marijuana.
Then this month Nature did a series of articles on the science about marijuana botany, horticulture, medicinal use, and the risks and many benefits of the cannabis plant.
The world is changing quickly. My state of Vermont has legalized medicinal marijuana and is considering being the first state to legalize cannabis for adult-use through the Legislature (vs through citizen initiative). Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal use; four states (CO, WA, OR, AK) and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
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Today’s breakfast next to our fall ‘green smoothie’ garden.
Lynette and I drink our breakfast 4-5 days a week, most of the year. We do not buy expensive powdered green drink powders. They are not fresh, plus they can contain additives, sweeteners and preservatives.
Rather, the majority of the ingredients for these super food morning concoctions are made from our garden, local ‘weeds’, or from the harvests of the farm CSA we belong to. Here in Vermont (growing zone 5) you can grow or harvest raw veggies and fruits for super foods green drinks for more of the year than one imagines possible.
Why drink green smoothies?
That’s easy. Healthy, vitamin and mineral rich nutrition, energy boost, convenient and inexpensive. Smoothies include the whole vegetable–pulp, skin and seeds. That gives us dietary fiber, which regulates digestion and blood sugar. With processed foods everywhere we just have too little fiber in our diets.
The ingredients of green smoothies are not cooked, so their complete nutritional value is readily available. Cooking foods, especially vegetables, reduces nutrients and natural enzymes. These enzymes boost energy and help to fight chronic diseases like arthritis and diabetes. Plus meals dominated by high-fiber vegetables have been proven to help you lose weight.
There is no better “bang for the buck” nutritionally than green smoothies made from ingredients in your garden, yard and from local farms. And, once you get the hang of the seasonal flow of local vegetables and common yet overlooked weeds these nutrition-packed breakfasts are easy to prepare.
Recipes from the garden
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