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Marijuana demand

Simon Hazelman,Savusavu
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

If there is one fact that constantly drives the marijuana trade, it is demand!

Measuring this supply and demand is difficult because of its illegality. But it's important for the authorities to know these statistics in order to deal with it in the appropriate manner.

I believe obviously there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of users now in Fiji.

Marijuana has been around for over a century and has come through times when the authorities weren't too strict about it and also times when the authorities were all out in full force trying to wipe out its existence.

The fact that it can never be eradicated and the fact that there is such a high demand, is enough for Government to take stock and find a more effective approach to deal with this plant!

I know for a fact that many visitors to our shores crave Fiji marijuana because it is organic and so much more potent.

Another fact is that marijuana has become a top choice medicine which is now being used more than ever to cure many diseases worldwide and Fiji has the perfect weather conditions for marijuana cultivation.

A certain strand is being used to produce many products like nutritional supplements, essential oils, foods, beverages, paper products, moulded plastics, textiles, body care products, construction and animal feed to name a few.

I believe we are dealing with the issue in the wrong way!

Here is a natural plant that needs to be disputed and discussed in the open. It has its shortfalls but it also has a lot of positive qualities.

Whichever way we go, the outcome will be the same as far as its recreational use is concerned.

I believe the open and legal way is by far our best option considering everything. Marijuana is, after all, nowhere near as deadly as tobacco and alcohol, the two most legal substance killers in the world today!

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