Marijuana Reform Process in the United States:
Over the last five years in the U.S., the legal marijuana industry has grown significantly as more states pass legislation to permit either medical marijuana in some form, or recreational marijuana in some form. Currently, four states permit the use of recreational marijuana by adults over the age of 21, and 23 states have approved law that permits the use of medicinal marijuana by approved patients. The marijuana industry has grown into an ignorable business and is worth billions already. Given the amount of tax revenues that states can receive from legalizing marijuana, it is likely that more states will follow the reform process in 2016. Despite the momentum building for marijuana reform all across the U.S. , the federal government continues to list marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. A Schedule 1 listing categorizes marijuana with cocaine and ecstacy, drugs that the federal government considers highly addictive,very dangerous, and without medical benefit. The conflict between state government reform decisions, and the federal government’s lack of reform, makes for an uncomfortable roadblock for states and residents trying to follow newly passed reform law in their respective state. Now, the acting director of the federal U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Chuck Rosenberg, is issuing comments that only add to the conflict, confuse, and divide. Rosenberg is not happy with the marijuana reform process in the United States.
Director of DEA unhappy with Marijuana Reform in the U.S.:
Some are unhappy with comments made by DEA director Chuck Rosenberg regarding the marijuana reform process in the U.S. Rosenberg recently referred to medical marijuana as a joke and this reference is specifically troubling many in the U.S. He said not to call marijuana medicine – that is a joke. He said that it really bothered him to know that people believe marijuana is medicinal. Some are saying that his comments stem from an inability to move away from a war on drugs type of ideology and philosophy. He is stuck in the past, according to Representative Earl Blumenauer. Blumenauer believes that Rosenberg is a part of a system that failed at marijuana prohibition and is now holding onto a belief system that is skewed and was ineffective.
It is clear that Rosenberg’s comments do not align with a large contingent of the American population, nor do they align with the opinions of the current U.S. President. Due to this discrepancy, some are calling for Rosenberg to step down as acting director of the DEA. Almost 60 percent of Americans support marijuana reform. Should the director of the U.S. DEA hold an opinion that is contrary to such a large number of American people?