Less than two weeks from now, on Dec. 6, anyone over the age of 21 will be able to light a joint in Washington state and, practically speaking, there’s nothing the government can really do to stop that. The same will be true in Colorado within a matter of weeks.
Smoking marijuana there will soon be legal under state law because of the two initiatives — Initiative 502 in Washington and Amendment 64 in Colorado — that passed on Election Day with strong support. The push to legalize recreational marijuana was so successful, in fact, that the Colorado amendment received more votes than President Obama did on the Nov. 6 ballot in that state.
Public sentiment, however, doesn’t change the fact that marijuana use — whether it’s recreational or medical — is still very much against federal law. As these two states begin to set up a framework to tax and regulate the drug, they will at some point have to confront the conflict they’ve created with Washington.
Mr. Obama’s Justice Department has yet to say how it plans to respond. The department could take any number of actions — among its options are filing a lawsuit against the states, taking law enforcement into its own hands, or taking a more hands-off approach.
In the meantime, lawmakers are waking up to the fact that their constituents are clearly calling for some kind of change in the nation’s drug laws. A group of congressmen is urging the federal government to leave Washington and Colorado alone for now.
Additionally, some lawmakers have filed legislation to amend the Controlled Substances Act.
“It’s just a matter of time for the laws to catch up to reality,” Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., told CBSNews.com.
There’s always the chance, though, that the federal government could opt to let the states carry out their experiment with recreational marijuana.
“We hope they will allow Colorado and Washington to be the laboratories of democracy,” said Art Way, the Colorado senior drug policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “The fact that 3 million people voted for I-502 and Amendment 64 shows they need to take another look and change their stance.”
If not for high-minded reasons such as supporting democracy, the federal government could leave the states alone for practical reasons. Way pointed out that the federal government hasn’t bothered to sue any of the states that have legalized medical marijuana (after the 2012 elections, 18 states plus the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana use). “Hopefully it’s because they don’t believe they have a strong case,” Way said.
In 2009, Mr. Obama’s Justice Department released the Ogden memo, explaining it would not make going after medical marijuana users a priority, even though any marijuana use violates the Controlled Substances Act. Nevertheless, the Obama administration has cracked down on hundreds of marijuana dispensaries, particularly in California, including sites that were in full compliance with state laws. In a 2011 memo, the Justice Department clarified that the Ogden memo was meant to apply only to individual medical marijuana users — “not commercial operations cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana.”
The federal crackdown focused largely on California’s medical marijuana operations, and not Colorado’s, because Colorado has more stringent regulations in place, both Kamin and Way said. “Colorado tried to keep the criminal element out of it, tried to keep it out of the hands of children… We sort took all the precautions that California did not.”
Added Way, “The fact that the Colorado non-medical initiative in many ways mirrors the current medical marijuana framework is a positive for Colorado.”
While it may be a good sign, Kamin said supporters of recreational marijuana shouldn’t hold their breath. The establishment of a commercial marijuana market, he said, “is exactly what the federal government has said it won’t permit.”
Marijuana plant has been used since ancient times for both herbal medication and intoxication. The American Nurses Association said that patients should have secured entry to healthcare marijuana/cannabis.
Need of Legalization
- Nobody Dies-Marijuana Use
- Marijuana For Serious Illness
- War on Cannabis Cost
- Reduce the Flow of Money
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- Enforcement Law
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Legalized States in US
- Rhode Island
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
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Potential Medical Uses
- Nausea: Research has indicated that Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), a component of marijuana, may help treat nausea and vomiting associated with a variety of medical conditions and therapies1
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- Pain: Studies have found analgesic effects1
- ffectiveness in the treatment of the tremors, muscle spasms and pain1
- Glaucoma: Smoking marijuana decreases pressure in the eye, which is a primary symptom of glaucoma1
- Slang words for marijuana include Mary Jane, reefer, weed, grass and pot2
- Hemp plants look similar to marijuana plants but hemp plants contain very little THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana3
- Hemp can be made into fabric, rope and food
- Contains at least 60 chemicals called cannabinoids1
- Marijuana smoke is often inhaled deeper and held longer than tobacco smoke which increases the lungs’ exposure to carcinogens
- Marinol is a pharmaceutical product with similar properties and medical benefits as marijuana4
- Some marijuana users show signs of dependence5
- Has been illegal in the United States since the early 1900s6
- TGI Friday’s in New York City‘s Wall street district closed down for selling cocaine and marijuana7
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- May increase the risk of contracting testicular cancer8
- Impaired thinking, problem-solving skills and memory1
- Reduced balance and coordination1
- Increased risk of heart attack1
- Heightened risk of chronic cough and respiratory infections1
- Potential for hallucinations and withdrawal symptoms1
- Marijuana smoke contains 50%-70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke and has the potential to cause cancer of the lungs and respiratory tract1