Marijuana Reform News Update Today:
Although individual states in the U.S. are slowly initiating marijuana reform, the U.S. as a whole is still far from national marijuana legalization. Currently, 23 states have passed legislation to legalize medical marijuana use. 4 states currently permit the use of recreational marijuana. The momentum continues to build for marijuana reform in the U.S. as more states observe those that have already legalized marijuana and consider the pros and cons.
One big benefit to the states that have legalized is the financial benefit. The marijuana market in the U.S. has built itself into a billion dollar market already with less than half of the states permitting marijuana use in some form. More states are expected to have marijuana reform legislation considered in 2016 as a result.
Despite this reform momentum, the federal government in the U.S. still lists marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. This means that the federal government in the U.S. still views marijuana as a dangerous drug that has no medical value. So, despite all of the marijuana reform action being taken by individual states, the nation overall is on a relatively slow track to national reform. This path is not the one taken by all nations. Neighboring Canada appears to be taking another path to reform, one that does not meander through all of the trials and tribulations of local government decision making. Canada appears to be moving down a faster path.
Canada Marijuana Reform News Review Today:
As Justin Trudeau campaigned to become Canada’s next Prime Minister, he voiced his support for marijuana reform. He won decisively and is now Canada’s new Prime Minister. One of his first actions as Canada’s newly appointed Prime Minister was to send out a directive to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. This directive encouraged them to work with the Ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Health to begin the process of creating a system to legalize and regulate marijuana in Canada. If Canada legalizes marijuana on a national level, it would be the first nation of the G7 group to completely legalize recreational marijuana.
If and when Canada makes recreational marijuana legal on a national level, it will join the ranks of Uruguay. Uruguay became the first country to fully legalize marijuana cultivation, sale, and consumption in 2013. Will Canada be the next to do the same? The world will is watching and waiting to see what Prime Minister Trudeau’s next move will be.