Your Medical Marijuana Vote… And NOW Recreational Marijuana?!
Public opinion in the United States and several countries in Europe and Latin America are grappling with this controversial issue. Marijuana is a growing industry, more and more people are hearing about this medical marijuana vote that has been sweeping our nation.
Medical marijuana bills have legally been adopted in numerous states and even federal government in the District of Columbia and, as most know, Colorado and Washington have fully legalized marijuana for recreational use by adults.
“This is really grounding breaking,” said Beau Kilmer, co-director of the Rand Drug Research Policy Center.
“No modern jurisdiction has ever removed the prohibition on the production and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes…since no one has done this before, there are a lot of uncertainties.”
There are several opinions against marijuana use in general and on the opposite side, you will hear of positive arguments about marijuana. A good example is to take a look back at our own history (we’ve all heard “history repeats itself”) and look at the prohibition of alcohol.
Alcohol was considered evil, the government made it illegal and that was what provided the foundation for the mob to make millions of tax-free money. Or that by having a positive medical marijuana vote to legalize its use, it would then increase tax revenues for the government and to not make it as profitable on the black market to discourage where most of the marijuana is sold today.
You might have heard of the recent actions of Congress Representatives Blumenauer and Polis released a report outlining the need for federal marijuana law reform, titled “The Path Forward: Rethinking Federal Marijuana Policy.”
An effort is building in Congress to make a marijuana vote that would change United States’ laws, including moves to legalize the production of industrial hemp and create a federal tax.
It introduces federal measures to legalize cannabis that would allow states and voters to decide if they will regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. Ending marijuana prohibition by regulating it like alcohol is said that it will generate tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue for state and local governments in this growing industry.
Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, a national group that lobbies for legalization, said he has heard from friends and family already planning trips to Colorado for the “cannabis tourism” that will certainly become popular.
It is necessary to consider how recreational marijuana and your medical marijuana vote is creating a totally unique industry in the United States and how it will impact parents, heavy users, medical users, employers, state and local economies, and even the drug traffickers.
Let us know what you think.