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Why we need to remove tax on Medical Cannabis products

Why we need to remove tax on medical cannabis products

Ashton Deroy writes: Let us call the regulated Marijuana market what it is. A gigantic failure! It is true, the government took a fragile market & then taxed it making the vulnerable market worse off. Now the only people I know who buy regulated cannabis are high earning people who trade convenience for cost. One area where I see significant room for improvement as a consumer are in the Medical cannabis products, which if I can afford them are the option I would wish to use over black market. However, we need to stop taxation of medicine. We are turning desperate people to the illegal option and risking an approach to a public health epidemic. With urgency I urge public officials to stop  taxing medical marijuana products

Here are 3 reasons we should remove taxation from medical cannabis products: 

    1. Increase consumption – Taxation is a method to slow down consumption. That is basic economics. While I still think there is an opportunity to apply a tax on high THC recreational cannabis. I think we need to think more critically about why medical patients need Cannabis with high THC content. The taxation is directly why people are going to places like Tyendinega and accessing the illegal market over ordering regulated cannabis products.
    2. Eliminate black market medical cannabis providers – Here is something people are not considering. Many of the dispensaries use branding, personal sales & promotional strategies to attract medical cannabis users.  Medical consumers buy cannabis more frequently & spend more money. This is really bad to have these patients relying on black market cannabis because we don’t know enough about how this cannabis is grown & if it is safe? Personally I know none of it is greenhouse grown or factory processed which is the main safe strategy for growing clean & healthy to consume cannabis by government standards. We should not adapt a strategy of government intervention to shut down reservation dispensaries. We should be forced to try to make the legal market more appealing through competition because otherwise this industry only benefits people with investment & not the end consumer.
    3. Decrease resistance to the regulated market – There is a straight up resistance to the legal market for cannabis. In Toronto I recall the illegal Cannabis dispensaries used to encourage their customers to oppose the legal market & support free-market practices. The problem here is that this is directly what puts the legal market under attack! One of the rival blogs https://endracebasedlaw.ca/ thinks the answer is just to shut down all of the illegal dispensaries existing on the Native reservations. However, I am opposed to that. I think this is why people are equating the cannabis market interference to negative aspects of Tyrannical Socialism. Instead if you remove the taxes you make medical products more appealing and you gain consumers who otherwise would only buy illegal products. Undercutting the competition is the Wal-Mart way. Arresting the competition is the Tyrannical Socialist way. 

 

 

Not a radical idea, in fact this has been adopted in places in Canada where they are struggling to eliminate the black market. 

  • New Brunswick, + 0%of the base or dutiable amount;
  • Prince Edward Island, + 0%of the base or dutiable amount;

According to… https://wolterskluwer.ca/blog/taxation-cannabis-canada/

Many Canadians consider the legal cannabis market a pure example of government stupidity. Since legal cannabis was introduced to Canadians there have been supply shortages, overly high product costs & unreasonable taxation. To improve this we must first look at the Medical cannabis market, specifically with how we handle taxation in that market. I think we should consider removing tax from medical cannabis products to improve accessibility, strengthen the market & reduce the risk to public health. 

References

Mancell, Cameron. “Taxation of Cannabis in Canada.” Wolters Kluwer , 22 Nov. 2018, https://wolterskluwer.ca/blog/taxation-cannabis-canada/.

Cain, Patrick. “Cannabis Taxes Brought in $186 Million in Five and a Half Months.” Global News, 19 June 2019, https://globalnews.ca/news/5403579/cannabis-taxes-brought-in-186-million-in-five-and-a-half-months/.

 

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3 Rivalries that boosted my ratings

Paul Bell privellaged & old Belleville guyAshton Deroy Writes: Hey readers If you have read my blog for a while you know I like to ruffle a few feathers sometimes. To be honest, if you run a blog, it is something you have to do in order to boost your ratings. People love rivalries, think about it. Socialists versus Capitalism. Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate & Global warming vs Oil companies. Rivalries are unavoidable entertainment.

For me, rivalries have been ideological, professional or just that people annoyed me! Most times rivalries get posted on my blog & go to the top of my ratings. Especially when it involves someone who is locally infamous. This is going to look at rivalries from politics & entertainment. Here are the top 3 rivalries from the blog.

  1. Paul Bell – Paul Bell was running for Belleville Ontario’s City Council. I simply couldn’t have him run in a city election without destroying his search engine presence. I mean he had the audacity to hand my brother an anti-weed pamphlet for his election. Then when we debated it, he tried to make a point that said more about needing gun safety regulations versus regulations against marijuana. No Socialists are hearing out someone who makes an anti-marijuana point. That is just a fact. This rivalry was met with a boost in the ratings & fan faire.Paul Bell privellaged & old Belleville guy
  2. Lily DeVine – Kingston & Belleville entertainer. Also a sad case for why drag entertainment shouldn’t be embraced by the LGBTQ2S+ community. If you want to read on my full Lily DeVine rivalry check out this post. Basically, she didn’t like me because I used to volunteer for Kingston Pride in 2016 for my Digital Marketing Graduate Certificate at St. Lawrence College. Lily DeVine get over it!
  3. Fido Mobile – I can’t say enough bad things about this company. They are overpriced, poor service & terrible to their customers. If you want to read on the issues I had in working for the company click here. Essentially I just think I don’t like the way they treat people. From employees to customers. Fido Mobile is just a crappy corporation we just shouldn’t do business with. Fortunately, a lot of people agree or the blog post would not have been checked out so much on this forum.

From politics to entertainment & even telecom companies. Rivalries have been good for this blog. I think even after I downgrade my plan & go to posting on a regular WordPress. Rivalries will still generate most of our ratings. People just love a good conflict and will go out of their way to check it out. I am a lower middle class, verging on homeless & a gay autistic person. I have a lot of things I could definitely turn in to extremely bitter words on a blog! As long as the writing helps me manage that anger. Also, the result should be viewed for people’s entertainment, then I think this kind of writing will continue to do very well for me.

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3 things you can do when you don’t like a performer critic’s writing. Commentary on Lily Devine’s reply.

3 things you can do when you don't like a performer critic's writing

Ashton Deroy writes: To Lily:  I assure you my post was not geared at some agenda. Just the fact I didn’t enjoy your show. I didn’t want to write in my first post that you were mad at me from Kingston Pride because I didn’t think you remembered me. Now I am going to warn you although people are largely on your side, the optics of public perception are also bringing me some support. Like way more support than if you had just of ignored me. Consider your klout. You have influence & reach. I really don’t. 

About me & alcohol, I really don’t have a high tolerance. Also, I acknowledged my autism had nothing to do with how she behaved. I bring it up on my blog because I am indexed as an autistic blogger. That is why I brought it up online. It actually has nothing to do with her. The more I say autism, the more it helps my brand. “Autism, Autism, Autism.” , “ADHD ADHD ADHD.” It is actually funny. It is my condition I can mention it whenever I want. Also, it does have to do with why I was partially out of it at the bar. I am noise & light-sensitive. I used to wear those big soundproof headphones.

When you are a performer? It is hard to take criticism. People work very hard to perfect their art and style of engaging with the audience. Sometimes it can be upsetting when someone writes a review for you. Here are 3 things you can do to deal with a critic you don’t like: 

  1. Ignore the critic – Right now my articles are being commented on, I am getting website hits. Which means I am gaining exposure. This is good for me as someone who runs a blog. I don’t think this helps with what you are trying to do. I don’t have much of an audience, I am not on stage or in any pageant’s. I have a website. That I don’t even use paid advertising anymore. I just share posts. 
  2. Do not write a large reply – In Digital Marketing we learn that more words usually mean more attention. That would be great if you wanted attention to this. Since it is drama though, I am not sure you want to blow this up. It really only benefits the critic who wanted to just stir the pot to begin with. I really didn’t want to stir the pot. I just wanted to express disappointment. You overloaded on context though & now people can recognize this as an online rivalry where they can choose sides and again some people are choosing my side. Also here is what the reply did to my ratings. Ratings
  3.  Don’t provide context – Again this is in your best interest, not mine. I want people to know who I am from what I write. As your critic, you should want me to disappear in to unknown. Again what has happened by the large reply is that people really can acknowledge this as a rivalry now. Instead of just some loser who just writes reviews on their blog in a basement somewhere. 

Below is Lily Devine’s reply and a hyperlink to the original article. I don’t know, I am glad she gave me 5 minutes of recognition & attention. She really gave me a chance to expand my Klout on an article that really was not that popular before she wrote her reply. She is right, we did have drama on Kingston Pride. When I wrote my article I was not going to include that history, but she brought it up. Which in my opinion only helps in telling my story, which is really what this website is about. If you think I should write more entertainment reviews, send me an email on the form below: 

 

 


This was a reply to Dear Lilly DeVine 

Dear Ashton Deroy of ashtonderoy.com

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First I would like to thank you for once again going public to twist my words into your own agenda to further put a value on your socialism, by calling me many things I am not. To the point of even tagging me on Twitter, although you and your friends could have simply sent me a message directly to voice your concerns in an adult manner; it would have been dealt with months ago.

It was very enlightening to see your response to the last show you were at, from when you were just a minor sitting on an elected board position from when I was Miss Kingston Pride while screwing around with a board member old enough to be your grandfather to gain the grounds you ‘believed’ you had to do as you wish. Until you were removed from the board because of a rather distasteful video of me surfaced on your site so long ago doing exactly what you are doing now.

I would like to address the fact you were drunk enough that you were cut off after one drink, falling asleep at the front table where not only myself but other performers were performing. Even though I asked how many fingers I was holding up, making sure you weren’t passed out cold, I had also asked numerous times if you were ok and if you needed a cab called to get you home. As I did with your friends, who replied with ‘he’s ok, he’s just had too much to drink.’

Although your lack of understanding on what that could apply while sitting front row at a DRAG SHOW is of your own accord. HOWEVER, the fact of you being autistic had absolutely no bearing in the matter and NOT ONCE was brought up.

Your choice to blame me for your lack of involvement in anything LGBT2Q+ is a ploy to make your own wants and needs seem viable rather than leaving under your own accord, this is only appears to be an underlying issue you have with MANY LGBT2Q+ events over the years since our time on the pride board so long ago.

The fact of my personal story of being with ONE Asian man many years ago, was just that…a story turned into a joke at my own expense, due to him passing out drunk after showing me what could only be described as a grub sticking out of dirt.

Not that of an entire population, because IF your friend had also been sober enough to remember I had also stated that was not the case with all Asians because I have a very long list of favourites on my Pornhub account.

I am terribly sorry that your friend took offence, but yet again it here I sit that I have to explain myself to those who feel the need to smear my name, I did not know she was Asian in any capacity or anyone else there on what their nationality is or religion, political stance, etc.

As for my candid and unprofessional take on my once drag daughter, you see, unfortunately because of her attempts to destroy my name to make me into something I am not; she had also crossed the line because I am a single parent and she brought it to my home. To my business. And for that, my personal and business finances took a major blow in the Belleville area costing me much more than you can comprehend while sitting behind a keyboard creating a blog for your scholastic entertainment between friends.

If you truly believe Belleville is the ONLY place that suffers from major drug use, then my recommendation would be to crawl out of that cave you hide in and take a good look around. It’s a major issue EVERYWHERE, including mental health!

To say I don’t understand mental health is quite the slap in the face in regards to drug use, Ashton pot is not a drug in Canada!

Thanks for reading…but I do it better!

Oh and, my name is spelled LILY not LILLY

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UNHCR, get involved and make a difference

UNHCR

Ashton Deroy Writes: This summer I managed to raise $40 in personal donations to the UNHCR. An organization that helps refugees in 134 countries and 470 locations. They provide aide and relief while also advocating for democratic nations to continue to welcome refugees. I encourage my readers to click the banner above and connect with the website right now.

This is something I am very passionate about. Next summer I hope I can raise even more money to donate to the UNHCR.

 

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