Should Marijuana Be Legal For Medical Marijuana?

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Since the passage of the CSA, many campaigns to have marijuana rescheduled under a less restrictive category have failed. However, popular opinion began to sway in the 1990’s and California became the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana in 1996 with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act (Reinarman et al., 2011). Unfortunately, the federal response was swift and threatened to be severe. General Barry McCaffrey, the drug czar under the Clinton Administration, advised the federal government would “vigorously prosecute persons who supplied medical marijuana, revoke the prescription writing authority of physicians who recommended marijuana to patients, and deny various federal benefits (including licenses) to anyone who used marijuana pursuant to California law” (Mikos, 2011, p. 637-638). The Bush Administration picked up the torch and continued the war on medical marijuana by carrying out almost 200 raids by the DEA on dispensaries in California as well as prosecuting those people associated with medical marijuana. However, advocates of medical marijuana remained vigilant and kept spreading their message and gaining support. To date as listed on (2013) 18 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing the use of medical marijuana. In 2009, the Obama Administration broke from tradition by announcing a Non Enforcement Policy (NEP). The new policy confirmed the administration’s commitment to the war on drugs, but urged federal

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