On August 31st, the Ninth Circuit Court ruled that it is constitutional to ban sales of a fire arm to people that posses a medical marijuana license, and on August 11th the DEA kept marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. These are two major factors with the election coming up - especially with 9 different states having some form of cannabis reform on the ballot. Twenty-five of the states allow some form of marijuana use (21 for medical and 4 for recreational use). With that being said we can pretty much assure that the majority of the population is in favor of cannabis use. So why isn’t the federal government listening to the people they govern? Is it to protect the people from ruining themselves? I tend to think that is not the reason.
First, let me say that I am in full favor of marijuana use, and yes, on a recreational level. In my state of California I am in favor of prop 64. Now let’s get down to business. To be honest I think the federal government could care less about our health when it comes to marijuana use. I think the federal government has other interest to keep cannabis at its scheduled 1 status. Why?
Let’s think about the justice system in itself - why would a system defund itself? That is absurd to think any system would defund itself. Marijuana is a billion dollar profit system for the DEA, so why would they drop its scheduling? The DEA and law enforcement is just the tip of the iceberg. The big fat cat in this equation is the pharmaceutical companies. Painkillers were a 9 billion dollar profit business in 2011, but in 2008, 15,000 deaths were linked to painkiller overdose, and cannabis gets a goose egg on overdose deaths (none). Also the alcohol industry is a major player in the natural drug keeping its illegal status. I never like to argue a negative to make something positive so I will just let it be known that the alcohol companies lobby to keep cannabis federally illegal, and you don’t have to be a genius to figure out why.
Many people say, “well the government will make money off the tax from the legalization of marijuana”, but will they make more than they would lose? I think not. Most people don’t know how or wouldn’t even attempt to produce their own alcohol or painkillers (fear of death or severer damage to oneself). On the other hand most people feel very confident that they can grow very consumable cannabis, or they know someone that can. It’s called a weed for a reason. I believe that not being able to control the production is why it remains illegal. Not to mention all the other things cannabis can be used for; clothing, plastics, paper and many more.
What are your thoughts on marijuana reform on a federal level? Are you for it remaining illegal; or are you for it becoming legal, and if so on what level? I would love to hear your thoughts.