Steps towards Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Use
In the recent years, there has been a clamor for legalizing marijuana for medical use. In the US, the congress has already approved a bill that will certainly pave the way for legalizing marijuana. This means that the federal drug agents will no longer have a reason to raid outlets that retails marijuana.
The question that needs to be answered is whether the U.S. should legalize marijuana or not.
Pot advocates have lobbied the congress to embrace the policy. The republicans have already backed the right of various states to allow the use of the drug for medical purpose. The pot’s advocates view this as a win especially if one considers the many decades that the federal government has prohibited the use of marijuana.
So far over 32 states including the District of Columbia has legalized the use of cannabis or its ingredients in treating ailments. This implies that the war on medical marijuana is over. Even though the medical marijuana movement has taken its campaign to higher level, there are hurdles that must be skipped for any tangible results to be achieved. The Drug Enforcement administration has continued to classify marijuana as one of the most dangerous narcotic drugs and has no plans to accept it for medical plans.
In Washington, D.C, voters approved the medical use of marijuana in 1998 but the congress used its authority to block the law from taking effect.
The congress has also been shifting ground when it comes to medical marijuana. The marijuana crusaders are confident that congress will soon support the use of marijuana for medical use. They are of the view that congress has been slow in catching up with wishes of the states and that of the American people.
The republicans are pivoting away from their traditional anti-drug platform even though polls show that the republican voters are less likely to support the use of marijuana for medical reasons.
The fact that the Obama administration has directed federal prosecutors not to enforce laws that contradict state marijuana policies has seen a limitation in federal raids on marijuana growers and merchants who are thought to be operating legally.
In Atlanta, the law on medical marijuana has remained tight even though it appears that they are now changing with proposals to allow the use of marijuana for medical purpose. Already, 20 states have already legalized the use of marijuana for medical reasons.
In Alabama, a bill that allows people with certain medical conditions to possess cannabis oil to use for medical reasons has passed a crucial committee vote. Even though, the bill in Alabama and Georgia is still being vetted.
In Louisiana the law allows cancer patients, those suffering from glaucoma and individuals suffering from quadriplegia to use marijuana as a therapy.
In Mississippi, Harkins has sponsored cannabis oil bill that allows use of cannabis oil to help reduce epilepsy seizures in children. Other States such as Kentucky and Tennessee have a number of medical marijuana bills under consideration.