Jan 082015
 January 8, 2015

king kush marijuana strainEven though people have been using marijuana for many different purposes for thousands of years, President Nixon still decided to start the war on drugs in 1970, signing the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, which includes the Controlled Substances Act, as part of the “war”. Congress then proceeded to mark cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance, saying that it has a high potential for abuse, no medical use, and no safety standards in medically supervised treatments. So the government made cannabis and everything to do with it illegal.

Starting in 1996 in California, people began to fight back. When the sunny west coast state passed the Compassionate Use Act Initiative, it amended the California Constitution. More states followed California’s move, allowing the use of medical marijuana. Now, there are 23 states that allow patients to ingest, cultivate, and purchase marijuana. Then, in 2012, Colorado and Washington took the next step and made marijuana fully legal in their states, meaning anyone over the age of 21 could possess the plant and ingest it in their homes. 2014 brought more changes in the states, with Alaska, Oregon, and Washington DC legalizing recreational marijuana as well.

Unfortunately for states, the federal government still interfered with the laws that were passed. Even after a series of changes to the Controlled Substance Act, saying that the states could enforce their own laws, there were still issues with federal officials butting their heads in to marijuana businesses. Raids were at an all time high and even those people who were allowed to use marijuana according to state law were worried for their legal safety. But on October 28, 2014, the Department of Justice issued a memorandum saying that Native American tribes will be permitted to grow and sell marijuana on their land. This includes tribes that are located in illegal states. The tribes are required to put forth a strict regulatory system that will protect federal priorities, like the distribution of the plant to minors.

Following the passing of that memorandum, December 14, 2014 brought more change with Congress passing the 2014 Continuing Resolution Omnibus spending bill. It actually prevents the Department of Justice, which includes the FBI and DEA, from interfering with medical marijuana laws. The DOJ is also prohibited from using any federal funds to prevent states from creating medical marijuana structures that include cultivation, distribution, and consumption of medical marijuana.

Source: THCFinder.Com

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  8 Responses to “The Road To Marijuana Acceptance”

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    I just want to say the spending bill does nothing for the Patients, Doctors, and Growers of Medical Marijuana. All it does is protect the state from coming up with a regulatory system. The rest is up for grabs. The spending bill, may have given states a year to enact regulations free from federal prosecution, (State officials have been threatened in the past, for even thinking about regulation). In Michigan, the Federal Prosecutor said as much, before continuing to prosecute a Caregiver Federally. The caregiver wasn’t within the plant count allowed, nor within the weight allowed. I don’t see why this is being hailed as a victory, They rallied to protect themselves, and they got it, while Rand Paul’s bill to protect doctors, and patients, hasn’t been mentioned, since it was mentioned.

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    $100 J-walking ticket for under an OZ? Why legalize it when doing so will tax it. Sounds lame.

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      Not as lame as supporting the current status quo of the crime against humanity of prohibition. Not everyone lives in California.

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      Legal weed not not necessarily translate to taxed weed ….. It is taxed in Colorado but you can also grow your own and pay no taxes ….. I believe Oregon allows for transfer up to an ounce so long as no monies are exchanged …..

      Weed is not like tomatoes or lettuce …. It can be abused and needs moderate regulations …… Just imagine some guy with an acre of fertile soil growing and selling weed, making six figures and no taxes being paid – I for one am not for that happening and without regulations it will happen …. And to regulate you need people and they cost money, which would come from taxes!

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    My heart is broken over the situation with respect to Marijuana being on schedule 1. It is a miracle drug. Not just for seizures, but for Cancer — which 1 out of 2 American men and 1 out of 3 American women will get during their lifetime — and half of them will die from it.
    Have you ever seen anyone die of Cancer? Its a horrible way to die. Call the whitehouse comment line and call your senator and representatives. TELL THEM CANCER PATIENTS CAN’T WAIT. An American dies every minute of Cancer. Every two days, more Americans than died on Sept 11. Every year more Americans than died fighting in WWII. If you’re a man, flip a coin. If it comes up heads, you get Cancer. Flip it again. If it comes up heads you’ll die of it. Those are the odds. CALL WASHINGTON. TELL THEM CANCER PATIENTS CAN’t WAIT. THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN!!!

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    My heart is broken over the situation with respect to Marijuana being on schedule 1. It is a miracle drug. Not just for seizures, but for Cancer — which 1 out of 2 American men and 1 out of 3 American women will get during their lifetime — and half of them will die from it.
    Have you ever seen anyone die of Cancer? Its a horrible way to die. Call the whitehouse comment line and call your senator and representatives. If you’re a man, flip a coin. If it comes up heads, you get Cancer. Flip it again. If it comes up heads you’ll die of it. Those are the odds. CALL WASHINGTON. TELL THEM CANCER PATIENTS CAN’t WAIT. THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN!!!

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    Most of my family is part of the poarch creek Indian tribe in Alabama. Now it is legal now there on reservation, but I dont think they will do anything about it. I unfortunately have lost a lot of respect I had for this tribe sue to in fighting and manipulation to get members to vote a certain way, They are mainly fighting about money, but are too hard headed to figure out marijuana is probably the answer. I am sure they will just pop another casino up. Yes, that’s better for the morality of the nation…..

    Peace

    Joe S
    http://www.cannabistherapysolutions.com

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