America at Crossroads on Marijuana Legalization

James Partin By James Partin, 6th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1keinyg9/
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Marijuana legalization gathering stream in U.S. Several states are passing their own drug to legalization for medical usage and some for recreational. Congress is reviewing.

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American is at crossroads in regard to the medical and recreational use of marijuana and its decriminalization in the United States. Recently, the Carers Act was introduced into the House of Representatives. The bill otherwise known as the Compassionate Access Research Expansion and Respect State Laws Act. HR 1538. It would allow for distribution and sell of cannabis, and related products for medical use in accordance with state laws without inference form the federal government. The House version was sponsored by Steve Cohen Democrat (TN) and Don Young(AK), a similar version in the Senate S. 683, was introduced by Senators Rand Paul(KY), Cory Booker(NJ), and Kristen Gilibrand(NY). The Senate bill has 12 co-sponsors both Democrat and Republican.

There are several key components of the bill, including the following:
It allows states to legalize marijuana for medical usage without federal interference, permits interstate commerce in cannabis (CBD) oils reschedules marijuana to schedule II. Banks would be able to provide checking accounts and other financial services to marijuana dispensaries allows, Veterans Administration physicians to recommend medicinal marijuana to veterans eliminate barriers to medical marijuana research.

Marijuana can be used to treat illnesses such as MS, Epilepsy, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and for Cancer it has much promise in relieving discomfort and pain. This treatment will be less toxic and with fewer side effects then traditional treatments for pain. Cannabis can be smoked or eaten or taken in pill form.

Current twenty-three states allow for some limited medical use of it. The states of Colorado and Washington state aloud for recreational use, and Nevada may be the third when a ballot resolution is introduced for 2016. Texas is leaning toward a vote on the issue with over 49% of Texans supporting legalization. In Ohio, one of the largest unions in that state the United Food and Commercial Workers endorsed a legalization as they see it brings for workers to the state with good wages and benefits.

It will definitely be a election issue in the presidential race. Several candidates support exploring the issue of legalization, such as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, as well as Rick Perry. Legalization will be a hot item to discuss over the next year.

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Medical Marijuana, Medicinal Herbs

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author avatar Legend
6th May 2015 (#)

Who says less side effects - as an ER physician - i see plenty...

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
6th May 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article.

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author avatar Todd Shields
10th May 2015 (#)

Excellent article, Comrade. I personally think that marijuana legalization should be on the ballet in 2016. This issue should be taken out of the hands of the politicians and lobbyists into the hands of the American people. In the mean time, on the job drug testing should only be conducted in instances where drug use is discovered in the work place. Random drug testing should be outlawed.

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