On Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, a new Senate Bill introduced drug law to legalize marijuana use nationwide. The Oregon Senator, Ron Wyden, who introduced the bill said in a statement, “The federal prohibition of marijuana is wrong, plain and simple. Too many lives have been wasted, and too many economic opportunities have been missed.”
The Democratic takeover of Congress could mean marijuana could be legalized by the end of the year. James Higdon, who wrote about the likelihood of federal legislation of marijuana for Politico, joins CBSN to discuss, in the video “Report: Marijuana on track to be legalized by the end of the year“, below:
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon today proposed legislation that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level and allow states where weed use is legal to operate as they see fit without fear of a U.S. government crackdown. With a majority of U.S. states, including Oregon, now allowing recreational or medical use of pot, Wyden’s legislation, aptly named S. 420, or the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act, yanks cannabis from the controlled substances schedule and sets a sliding scale of taxation, beginning at 10 percent and ramping up to 25 percent over five years. Cannabis is currently categorized as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has “no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Despite this official designation, people across the U.S. use medical pot for a wide range of ailments. The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act—companion legislation to H.B. 420, which Representative Earl Blumenauer, also of Oregon, introduced last month—is one of three bills included in a legislative package Wyden and Blumenauer call the Path to Marijuana Reform. Beyond removing cannabis as a controlled substance, S. 420 would create a licensing process through the Department of the Treasury and establish other regulations akin to those governing the sale and distribution of alcohol in states where cannabis is legal. Check out the video “Oregon Senator Introduces Bill To Decriminalize Cannabis At The Federal Level“, below:
More than half the 50 states already allow sale of marijuana for medical use, and California has become one of a number of states that have legalized recreational pot. NBC’s Jacob Soboroff reports on the “green rush” in the town of Desert Hot Springs, California, and joins Megyn Kelly live to discuss the controversial legalization trend, in the video “How Legalized Marijuana Is Changing One California Town, Megyn Kelly Today“, below:
Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. More than a quarter century later, a section of that law helped states to legalize marijuana. To understand why and how U.S. government relies on states to enforce its ban on weed for decades, check out the video “Why legalizing marijuana is stuck in legal limbo“, below:
Let’s take a look at the overall summary of public attitude toward marijuana in the video “Marijuana: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HB)) back in 2017, below:
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