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Does The American Government Support Legalization Afterall?

Lydia K. RN
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There is a BIG contradiction in the way the U.S. government conducts its relationship with cannabis and cannabis research versus what it says about cannabis to the public.

On Oct 17th 2018, Canada made history by becoming the first of the G7 nations to legalize recreational cannabis. While the U.S. has patches of legalization across it, the herb remains completely illegal under federal law, even for cannabis research. The DEA claims that cannabis does not meet the threshold for rescheduling.

Here are six ways the DEA reminds us that actions speak louder than words:

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The DEA calls for a 550% increase in legal cannabis growth

The Drug enforcement Administration (DEA) has been very forthright in its blatant rejection of cannabis as medicine (unless Big Pharma makes it, of course). So it comes as bit of a surprise that, in an upcoming federal register, the DEA hopoes to increase cannabis growth for research purposes by a whopping 550%! This is from roughly 1,000 pounds in 2018 to 5,400 pounds in 2019.

At the same time, the DEA is pushing for the reduction in availability of certain opioid drugs such as fentanyl, morphine and hydrocodone, claiming that the opioid epidemic claims too many lives. According to former U.S attorney general Jeff Sessions:

“Cutting opioid production quotas by an average of ten percent next year will help us continue that progress and make it harder to divert these drugs for abuse.”

The quotas define the amount of the drug that is available for medical, research and industrial use, reserve, and export needs for a year.

The U.S. funded Israeli medical cannabis research for 50 years

Many credit Raphael Mechoulam as the ‘father of cannabis,’ (and even falsely accredit him with discovering THC). This psychoactive compound was actually found by Roger Adams. Still, Mechoulam contributes a significant amount to cannabis research. In the 1960s, Mechoulam went to the NIH for cannabis research funds, but they turned him down.

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According to a report in the Newsweek, Mechoulam was later contacted and offered funding of $100,000 each year. This has been going for the last 50 years. Many believe that the NIH had a change of heart after an anonymous senator questioned the NIH on the effects of cannabis after catching his son smoking the herb. As they say, the rest is history. Thanks to Mechoulam and his team’s cannabis research, we now understand various things about cannabis including:

  • Cannabinoids (compounds in cannabis) and how they mimic the endocannabinoid system
  • Cannabinoids and pain
  • CBD (cannabidiol) is an effective epilepsy treatment – especially in children.

Federally funded U.S. schools allow kids to bring their cannabis medicine

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner recently signed a bill that allowing parents/ guardians to dispense medical cannabis to children in school. The bill HB 4870 (Ashley’s Law) was signed on August 1, 2018 after passing the Illinois House and Senate with overwhelming support. However, this requires the students and parents to meet certain criteria, which include double certification from registered physicians.

The court forced other school districts, such as the Rincon Valley Union School District, in California, to make allowances. More will certainly follow.

Legalization would create over one million jobs

The New Frontier Data recently performed a study on this. This study reveals that if the federal government legalized cannabis in all 50 states, it would create 782,0000 jobs instantly. On top of this, the move will create at least $131.8 billion in federal tax revenue. By 2025, the number of jobs created would increase to 1.1 million, including growers and retailers. A similar trend as observed when Colorado legalized weed in 2015, they created 18,000 full time jobs.

The National Cancer Institute published a statement saying that cannabis kills cancer cells

Numerous studies have been done cannabis research investigating the effects of cannabis on cancer cells. A study conducted in 2014 in the UK at St. George’s University in London reveals that THC and CBD weaken certain types of cancer cells. According to the National Cancer Institute website, studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing apoptosis, and also by inhibiting the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow.

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A poll finds 62% of Americans support legalization

Over 60% of Americans (62%) believe that the use of cannabis should be legal; this is according to a poll conducted Pew Research Center. As more and more Americans have become educated on the truths and propaganda surrounding cannabis, many have come know the positives of legalization.

Put in a side by side comparison with substances that are socially acceptable and not Schedule I, yet lack medicinal value and ARE addictive (tobacco and alcohol, I’m looking at you)… you can start to feel the total insanity of blacklisting cannabis and cannabis research.

Lydia Kariuki

RN, Expert medical writer who is passionate about cannabis!

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