The Current Buzz Newspaper Vol 2 Issue 6 | Page 8

The Current Buzz Vol 2 Issue 6 Page 8 The BLUNT Truth could marijuana be on its way to legal at the federal level? and should it be? by Ashlynn Cisco, Amy Addams There’s been talk for a while that marijuana is on its way to legal at the federal government. Some of the indicators that its time has come are: 1. The federal government has released some rumblings that repeals of marijuana prohibition are in the works. 2. Canopy Growth (a company 37 percent controlled by beer makers of Corona and Modelo) purchased Acreage Holdings (one of the largest medical marijuana growers in the U.S.), and it appears that this purchase has been made in anticipation of marijuana legalization across the country. 3. John Boehner, Honorary Chairman of the National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR) has been chatting with lawmakers on both sides to get everyone on board to support legalization of marijuana. One big sell is the STATES Act which allows each state to handle marijuana laws as they see fit. This would save time and effort at the federal level and would make it so that disputes are not brought before the Supreme Court. Today, two out of three adults favor the legalization of marijuana, double the number who supported it in 2005; 53 percent Republican, 75 percent Democrat and 71 percent Independent support legalizing marijuana. Legalized recreational and medical Legalized medical So, what’s stopping it? The federal focus remains on border reform, but there’s also the issue of who prescribes and distributes medical marijuana, then they need to figure usage restrictions based on receipt of federal aid and employment issues. All need to be addressed before the federal government can bless marijuana’s use at the federal level. And this is a VERY simplified version of the line items that would need to be addressed. There’s the issue of gun ownership, DUI’s, DWI’s, banking regulations, bankruptcy and child endangerment cases where marijuana is a factor. Do we WANT or NEED marijuana to be legal at the federal level? Given the amount of state and local taxes already charged,