There’s been talk for a while that marijuana is on its way to legal at the federal government. Some of the indicators that its time has come are:The federal government has released some rumblings that repeals of marijuana prohibition are in the works.
Canopy Growth (a company 37 percent controlled by beer makers of Corona and Modelo) purchased Acreage Holdings (one of the largest medical marijuana growers in the U.S.), and it appears that this purchase has been made in anticipation of marijuana legalization across the country.
John Boehner, Honorary Chairman of the National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR) has been chatting with lawmakers on both sides to get everyone on board to support legalization of marijuana. One big sell is the STATES Act which allows each state to handle marijuana laws as they see fit. This would save time and effort at the federal level and would make it so that disputes are not brought before the Supreme Court.
Today, two out of three adults favor the legalization of marijuana, double the number who supported it in 2005; 53 percent Republican, 75 percent Democrat and 71 percent Independent support legalizing marijuana.
So, what’s stopping it?
The federal focus remains on border reform, but there’s also the issue of who prescribes and distributes medical marijuana, then they need to figure usage restrictions based on receipt of federal aid and employment issues. All need to be addressed before the federal government can bless marijuana’s use at the federal level. And this is a VERY simplified version of the line items that would need to be addressed. There’s the issue of gun ownership, DUI’s, DWI’s, banking regulations, bankruptcy and child endangerment cases where marijuana is a factor.
Do we WANT or NEED marijuana to be legal at the federal level?
Given the amount of state and local taxes already charged, think what the feds could collect, but also consider the number of drug cartels that could be put out of business, the jail cells that would open for violent criminals (federal laws on marijuana are pretty hefty), think of the money saved on the war on drugs, imagine farmers finally making good wages, and the number of people saved from opioid overdose.
Currently, 44 percent of American adults use marijuana regularly and a little over 100 years ago, marijuana was a common ingredient in a lot of medications as well as used openly.
Of course, the overall issue of whether the U.S. should make marijuana legal at the federal level has roadblocks, but nothing insurmountable. It should be tentatively accepted at the federal level for a one percent tax just to see what the financial gains could do for the national economy.
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