Marijuana is classified and defined by federal law as a Schedule I drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, which defines marijuana as having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in the United States, and lacking safety for use under medical supervision.
State and local programs are probably of similar or greater magnitude: This story may seem farfetched, but it is all too real for some. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted March among 1, adults, finds that supporters of legalizing the use of marijuana are far more likely than opponents to say they have changed their mind on this issue.
Beyond the wide generation gap in support for legalization, there continue to be demographic and partisan differences. S, this would amount to over 60, retailers andjobs. The FDA considers marijuana an illegal drug, classified in the same category as heroin, LSD, ecstasy and bath salts and; therefore, the FDA does not define marijuana as medicine but rather an illegal and harmful drug.
According to a British survey by the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit , "regular" users average 2 oz of cannabis per month or about 2 grams per day a gram yields one or two joints. Central regulatory oversight by the FDA makes possible the recall of harmful drugs or contaminated batches and the dissemination of new information about drug safety.
I used to work in a law firm as a Disability Advocate representing the disabled before federal administrative judges for over 12 years and I have seen much suffering but I am also grateful for the good and great medicine that has been proven to be both safe and effective and approved by the FDA to have more benefits than harm.
All of these reasons combine to decrease the likelihood that marijuana will become legal at a national level any time soon. In the case of states like California and Nevada where such infrastructure already exists, the economic impact has become more quantifiable as the sector has matured.
There will be no trials. Fully one-half of the current price of cigarettes is accounted for by taxes and fees. Finally there are two studies being done to determine if cannabis inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
This issue must be openly debated using only the facts. Taken together, the total number of marijuana arrests for far exceeded the combined number of arrests for violent crimes, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Amsterdam-style coffeehouses would generate jobs and tourism. Another spinoff industry of note would be industrial hemp, which California used to grow in the Delta and Imperial Valley. Legalized marijuana also stands to benefit medical consumers of cannabis-based products. Law enforcement agencies cautious Several versions of legislation to legalize cannabis have been presented over the past few months, though none have garnered enough support for a vote in the Legislature.
How do we prosecute drugged driving? Aside from the police force, the court will also register significant savings as a result of the legalization of marijuana. Responsible marijuana smokers are not the problem and it is time to stop arresting them. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal proclaimed that the state will refrain from prosecuting low-level marijuana arrests until the end of the month, and possibly longer.
Investment Opportunities Legal marijuana presents the possibility of tremendous benefits to economies on a local and a national scale.
With California taking the lead in marijuana legalization, especially strong spinoff benefits could be expected. Susan Sisely won rare government approval to do a controlled test of cannabis on treating veterans with PTSD.
Supporters and Opponents of Legalization Survey Report Public opinion about legalizing marijuana, while little changed in the past few years, has undergone a dramatic long-term shift.
Although most doctor and medical groups do not view marijuana as medicine, they do believe derivatives of marijuana can be potentially approved as medicine by the FDA, such as Marinol and Cesamet, which have been approved and are used to help cancer and HIV patients.
Bottom Line There is ample pushback against the idea of legalizing marijuana across the country. There is no need for the court to handle marijuana-related cases.
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Imagine an impressionable teenager who is tired of earning minimum wage, who hates living in a poor ghetto area, or who needs to save money for college. Get a free 10 week email series that will teach you how to start investing. This change is based on both the historical use of cannabis as medicine and the thousands of modern research studies indicating the very real medical value of cannabis.Aug 16, · But there are a lot of challenges ahead: the state must set up a licensing system for marijuana growers and sellers, the federal government may mount a challenge, the need to set a new limit on amount of marijuana in the bloodstream for safe driving.
And medical marijuana is still in the picture. Teen marijuana use actually decreased in Colorado following legalization of the drug, while no adverse impact was found on traffic fatality rates in Colorado and Washington.
We often hear legalization proponents argue that alcohol and tobacco cause more addiction and other health problems than marijuana. This is a curious rationale for legalization. If an illegal drug is not causing as many health problems as legal drugs, we should not legalize it so it can cause more health problems.
So far, legalization hasn't had a negative impact on public health, according to a report recently published by the Drug Policy Alliance. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act raised more than enough signatures to get Proposition 64 added to the state ballot in November.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu. Beyond the tremendous market growth above, the state of California itself stands to earn a substantial chunk of cash from marijuana legalization.
Marijuana legalization in New Jersey must be fair and equitable and must address past disproportionate harms to communities of color. Grow New Mexico DPA has been advocating at the state legislature for passage of a Constitutional Amendment allowing the possession, use, and sales of marijuana .Download