Why States Continue to Legalize but the Government Prosecutes
As the Federal government continues to consider marijuana illegal, states are independently legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana use by putting it to a vote. But the continued efforts of those supporting legalization of marijuana use, their voices are muted by the Almighty Buck. You see, while each individual state has the right to pass legalization incentives, the Federal is still allowed to criminalize, prosecute and convict those caught in possession of cannabis.
How you ask?
This is because of a wonderful line in the Constitution labeled the Commerce Clause: this allows the Federal government to regulate anything and everything that may have an effect on the economy. To put this in perspective, this clause was even used in the 1930s to regulate farmers on their wheat production, with a few farmers losing to the government for producing too much on their own land. So in other words, so long as marijuana has an effect or possible effect on the economy, it will continue to be in the hands of the Federal government.
So why wouldn’t the federal government want to cash in on the benefits?
The answer is in the money trail. To put it simply, as long as the Federal government receives funds from big players like drug companies and private prisons – that predicted $1 billion in additional revenue might not be enough to pay them off. That’s right, no matter the health and economic benefits We the People receive from the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, the loser of the deal: the Federal government.
And that just isn’t how the American political system works, right?
As a quick way to silence the debate, the Federal government continues to label cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substance Act.
Substances labeled in Schedule 1 are determined by the FDA (Food and Drug Admin) to have no medical use. In other words, states that legalize medicinal use are in fact going against federal law. With that, the DEA announced that an evaluation conducted by Health and Human Services shows marijuana has no ‘‘currently accepted medical use’’ because
“the drug’s chemistry is not known and reproducible; there are no adequate safety studies; there are no adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy; the drug is not accepted by qualified experts; and the scientific evidence is not widely available.”
In addition the DEA continues to report that marijuana has a high potential for abuse and can result in psychological dependence, but did not find, however that marijuana is a “gateway drug”.
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