And now, in just a few short years, public opinion has moved so dramatically toward general acceptance that even those who champion legalization are surprised at how quickly attitudes are changing and states are moving to approve the drug – for medical use and just for fun.It is a moment in America that is rife with contradictions:_People are looking more kindly on marijuana _States are giving the green light to the drug in direct defiance of a federal prohibition on its use.
Obama said the federal government has a lot of crime to prosecute and so “it does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that, under state law, that is legal.” Last
The trade-off of abuse vs. illicit markets applies to all drugs, but each drug has its own special characteristics. For marijuana, three are most important.Marijuana is by far the most widely used illegal drug in the United States.Marijuana markets are not associated with much crime or violence and account for only a small share of incarceration for drug offenses.Compulsive marijuana use is less debilitating than is compulsive use of heroin, cocaine or alcohol.While legalization would reduce prices and increase use (including dependent use)
It is good that the Obama Administration appears to be standing down now, but that has not always been the case. As recently as last year, the Justice Department was cracking-down on medical-marijuana producers in California and other states. There is no way to know if the federal government will continue to leave marijuana policy to the states. And whatever policy the Obama Administration adopts, it could be undone when a new President takes office.
The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal | Republic Report
1.) Police Unions
2.) Private Prisons Corporations
3.) Alcohol and Beer Companies
4.) Pharmaceutical Corporations
5.) Prison Guard Unions
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