Legalization Of Medical Marijuana And Marijuana

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Legalization of Medical Marijuana

In 1996, California set a pace that would lead to today’s debate on medical marijuana and marijuana as a whole by passing the Compassionate Use Act that allowed the use of medical marijuana. Other states have since followed the trend and school of thought, case in point; Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. The state laws have set boundaries for the use of medical cannabis and put into effect mechanisms for regulation. As of April 2015, twenty three states and Washington D.C legalized marijuana for medical use. Seven states have pending legislation. And yet the federal enforcement of prohibition still outweighs these state legalizations in many aspects. So then, what is the issue and why should the federal government legalize the medical use of marijuana? The discussion against medical marijuana is a losing argument against a changing culture and social values alongside legislative rewiring of state laws.

The debate on the legitimacy of medical marijuana is being fueled and aided on many fronts, most notably research aimed at getting approval from the FDA for its use. Science Inc. and Medical Marijuana Inc. are working on getting FDA approval for the distribution of medical marijuana alongside Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which seeks…
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