The Legal Status Of Marijuana

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The legal status of cannabis in the United States has shifted numerous times since pharmaceutical regulation took root in the 1850s. However, since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act by the 91st United States Congress in 1970, cannabis has been federally classified as a Schedule I substance. This means that, under federal law, cannabis is considered to have “high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” The fallout of this Congressional decision has been decades of wrongful imprisonment for millions of nonviolent drug-related offenses. It’s inhumane, and it’s a waste of valuable tax dollars that could be better spent funding patient-centric recovery facilities designed to…show more content…
In October 2015, after its first week of commercial legalization, Oregon topped $11 million in recreational cannabis sales alone. The market is huge, and other states are beginning to take note. It’s likely only a matter of time before we start seeing widespread nationwide legalization efforts, and on November 3, 2015, Ohio voters went to the polls to decide whether or not Ohio would become the political domino that would shift the tides in the fight for legal cannabis. Issue 3 was an Ohio initiated constitutional amendment on the ballot in the November 2015 election. The measure would have written into the Ohio constitution the specific rules and regulations pertaining to the possession of, use of, cultivation of, and sale of marijuana. The bill was placed on the ballot on behalf of ResponsibleOhio—the super PAC that lead the campaign efforts in support of Issue 3. The Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative would have made cannabis available and legal for recreational use for anyone over the age of 21. It would have implemented ten Marijuana Growth, Cultivation, and Extraction (MGCE) facilities to be operated in ten different Ohio counties, which would be granted exclusive rights to the commercial production of marijuana. Each of these sites would be run independently, and each had its own wealthy investor commissioned by ResponsibleOhio to give $2 million to help get Issue 3 on the ballot. Although the bill indicated that commercial production of
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