With the much needed removal of cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, which is the most tightly restricted category reserved for drugs that have “no currently accepted medical use,” has been proposed repeatedly since 1972 by many different organizations.
Big Pharma Wants to Own Marijuana: They’re Lobbying For Criminal Laws
Advocates of marijuana legalization argue that the budgetary impact of removing cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and legalizing its use in the United States could save billions by reducing government spending for prohibition enforcement in the criminal justice system. Additionally, they argue that billions in annual tax revenues could be generated through proposed taxation and regulation. Patient advocates argue that by reclassifying marijuana, millions of Americans who are currently prevented from using medical marijuana would be able to benefit from its therapeutic value.
In 2013, the Department of Justice issued what’s known as the
to deprioritized marijuana enforcement with the exception of seven guidelines.
The seven guidelines included interstate transportation, the accessibility of marijuana to children,
and individuals breaking state based regulations that the state put forward on the regulation
of either medical or recreational marijuana.
Now in Washington and Colorado and other states we have licenses issued to businesses grow marijuana to process it into other products and to sell it in retail stores just like any other commodity it’s fully regulated and we’ve seen tremendous benefits in many different ways we’ve seen a lot of tax revenue come into the state of Colorado of over 1 billion dollars in 2016 and that just in Washington state alone we’ve seen a lot of public safety benefits people are not drinking as beer we’ve already seen throughout the United States about a two billion dollar decrease in beer sales and so people are buying marijuana, it becomes more available people substitute away from alcohol which is more harmful and so as a result we’ve had less deaths and injuries on the roads because alcohol-related deaths and injuries are a huge problem so we’ve really increased Road Safety.