The Legalization Of Marijuana And Cannabis Programs

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years before being struck down by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. However, with so much publicity the legal process of the petition generated within the drug culture of the 1960 's through the 1970 's in America, it likely convinced state authorities to reassess the restrictions against marijuana (Huntington’s Outreach Project for Education at Stanford, 2012). In 1982, 31 states and the District of Columbia had passed legislation granting the prescription of marijuana. In 1996, California voters passed Proposition (215) making it the first state to allow medical marijuana, Since that time 22 states, the district of Columbia and Guam have enacted similar laws (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2015). Of the 23 States, the District of Columbia and Guam now allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs (National Conference of state legislatures, 2015). Recently, there have been 17 states who have approved efforts to allow use of ‘low’ THC, high cannabinoid products for medical reasons in limited situations or as a legal defense (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2015). The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act is the first-ever bill in the U.S. Senate to legalize marijuana for medical use and it is the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill ever introduced in Congress which will allow:
• States to legalize marijuana for medical use without federal interference
• Permit interstate…
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