WILL MARIJUANA BE FEDERALLY LEGALIZED IN THE NEAR FUTURE? (Medical…
WILL MARIJUANA BE FEDERALLY LEGALIZED IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Medical research and benefits of federal legalization
Marijuana has been statistically beneficial for cancer patients by alleviating pain, helping appetite, and increased sleep.
Health professionalss note that medical marijuana should be considered in a category similar to over-the-counter supplements: It is not quality assured to guarantee purity and efficacy as a pharmaceutical grade drug would be.
Medical marijuana has been noted to help with seizures, appetite for those affected by HIV, and to treat neuropathic pain.
Marijuana being classified as a Schedule 1 drug is putting a major hold on medical research that would benefit society as a whole.
Schedule 1 drugs are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
CBD helps in counteracting the hallucinogenic effects of THC that have the most negative stigma surrounding.
There are no known negative side-effects of CBD
Economic impact of federally legalizing marijuana
Legal marijuana will add an entire new market to the economy
The emerging industry took in nearly $9 billion in sales in 2017
Legalizing marijuana will have a massive impact on the economy
The federal government would collect approximately $51.7 billion in sales tax from a legal marijuana market between 2017 and 2025, entirely new revenue for a market that remains illegal and unable to be taxed.
The government will prosper economically if legalization is passed by collecting tax revenue, saving from less government expenditure, and with public consumption on the rise.
Statistics state that the government would see a tax revenue increase of 132 billion.
Legalization will lead to the birth of new companies and with that comes many new opportunities for job helping the unemployment rate.
Federal legalization would create over one million new jobs in the United States
Political standing and policies regarding legalization
In 1969, twelve percent of Americans surveyed voted pro-legalization, in the most recent survey the percentage increased to over fifty-two percent.
Seventy-one percent oppose the federal government’s efforts to stop marijuana sales and its use in states that have legalized it, including opposition from most Republicans, Democrats, and independents.
As of 2017, nine states have voted to legalize marijuana medically and recreationally.
Voters in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota approved or expanded medical marijuana laws in their states. In Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and California, voters approved recreational pot. Only Arizona’s push for full legalization failed.
Many researchers believe that California legalizing marijuana was the turning point, and predict to see the law pass in 2018.
As a young voter, I will do everything to advocate for and vote to make this possible as soon as possible.
Public opinion on legalization has changed drastically over the past five decades.
The legislation to legalize cannabis for recreational use (Bill C-45) was passed by the federal House of Commons in late November 2017 in our neighboring country of Canada
As a young voter, I strongly believe in the medical and recreational legalization of marijuana, and will vote in every on and off year election.
Marijuana’s proven risks are nothing in comparison to the risks associated with alcohol and tobacco, two dangerous substances that have been legal for years.
The CDC reports nearly 88,000 alcohol-related deaths occur each year, compared to number of marjuana-related deaths being almost at zero.
Young adults looking for a new field of business will need marijuana federally legalized.
This could be a new career path and possibly major for millions of young adults enrolled in education.