Latest News About Federal Legalization Of Weed
Even though Colombia already in the distant 1996 had opened its doors to the legalization of cannabis, most European countries have had to wait patiently a few more years to reach this goal. A similar speech for Canada, Germany, Israel, Greece, Peru, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom, which today can use marijuana for predominantly therapeutic and industrial purposes.
This argument always draws particular attention from public opinion and the media, resulting particularly debated and controversial: although in part the cannabis Sativa is perfectly legal, there is no lack of contrary opinions that once again tend to demonize its properties, making such a natural element appear as a common narcotic substance. However, it should be pointed out that the legalization of cannabis at the moment concerns only the therapeutic or industrial use: still today its consumption is not contemplated for recreational use.
UNITED STATES – On June 25, 2019, the Governor of Illinois approved the law by which legalization related to the use and sale of cannabis in the entire state took place, starting from January 1, 2020. To date represents the eleventh state in the US to have completely legalized marijuana following in the footsteps of Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. The number of states where it is however considered legal to sell and buy marijuana increases if the District of Columbia is also included, where, however, private sales are prohibited, and the territories of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. Quite curious if you think that “prohibitionism” really originated in the United States!
The last powerful voice to speak about weed legalization is Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who released a plan to legalize marijuana, and also mentioned some concerns about it. His plan is quite ambitious, planning to legalize marijuana within 100 days through execution action. He addresses the potential risks and downsides and also criticized the way several states legalized marijuana so far. The first thing Sanders would do is to sign an executive order requesting the attorney general to remove marijuana from the drug scheduling system. After that the congress. He would pass a bill requesting the permanent legalization of weed. If all the things go in his plan he will reach the Federal level of legalization quickly, but the states then would have to legalize it within their borders. There is much more to analyze on his plan, and it already raised many discussions on TV and social media. How much is this a part of his campaign, how serious is he, and will he remain confident on achieving it we simply must wait and see. Like it or not, there is a big possibility that cannabis is going to be widely legalized.
The UK – The United Kingdom is still an authentic underdog: to date and only since last year the use of cannabis in the therapeutic field has been authorized while keeping the consumption of grass for recreational purposes illegal. However, significant future changes are desirable in what appears to be the most tolerant country in terms of sanctions.
The legalization of cannabis in non-European countries
The legalization of cannabis in non-European countries seems to be a reason for discussions and debates that are significantly less heated than in Europe. A radically more open mentality allows jurisdictions a higher margin of tolerance, leading to considering the herb no longer, fortunately, a taboo.
Australia – In Australia a recent provision has established all the rules related to the consumption and possession of cannabis for recreational use, making official the effective legalization: adults have the right to own up to 50 grams of grass and can grow 2 plants per head or 4 for family. Since this is a federal state, however, the law only involves the territory of the capital, although from 2016 the intake of marijuana for therapeutic purposes has also been legalized.
California – Even California has progressively adapted to the legalization process against cannabis: starting from 1 January 2019, the recreational use of marijuana became legal following a referendum held in November. Citizens over the age of 21 can freely hold up to 28 grams of grass and grow up to six plants at home. However, hiring in public places is prohibited.
Is it fair to legalize cannabis?
We believe that, in addition to guaranteeing a substantial improvement in the national economy, an increase in the number of jobs related to production and marketing, and a substantial reduction in petty crime, the legalization of cannabis would make a natural element available which, beyond the possible psychotropic effects, it contains proven virtues and is able to confer considerable benefits to the body and mind. And what do you think? Are you for or against? Are you open to change or still linked to the prejudices of “modern prohibitionism”?