Cannabis in Canada will become legal for adult users on July 1, 2018. The plant is also currently legal for medical and/or recreational purposes in 29 states in the U.S. Keeping this in mind, it may seem strange to some that admitting weed use at the Canada/USA border can get a Canadian citizen banned from the United States for life.
Worldwide, there is a long history of cannabis prohibition. For dozens of years, different governments fought against cannabis and treated this plant like one of the most dangerous and harmful drugs. But there were times when cannabis was treated differently―as a medicine, as a useful raw material, and even as food. So, when exactly and, most importantly, why was marijuana made illegal? WeedLex will take you to a brief trip into the history of marijuana laws.
Alaska has recently rejected an initiative that would allow the use of marijuana at retail pot stores. What states with recreational cannabis are more tolerant to the public consumption of weed?
Here is a list of states that legalized the recreational use of marijuana and their positions toward pot use in public spaces.
Thomas Garrett, a newly-nominated Republican congressman from Virginia, has introduced a bill aimed to stop federal cannabis prohibition. Though the initiative is identical to a failed legislation of Sen. Bernie Sanders, it has already got three co-signers.
The issue of cannabis use in the workplace has increased in importance after six more states legalized marijuana last November. Despite the obvious benefits of marijuana legally improving the health of a greater amount of people, employers are raising concerns over the possible negative impact of weed use on workplace safety and productivity. There is a list of the major issues employers have with marijuana use in the workplace.
Although most states are now easing their drug laws, there are still plenty of countries that have harsh punishments for storing, using, and selling drugs. The penalties may vary from huge fines to long-term prison sentences or even death. Below you can find a list of countries that have the harshest drug policies.
Legal recreational marijuana is now available in seven states and the District of Columbia. As for medical pot, the number of states allowing its use has already reached the record mark of 26. Today, more Americans are using the drug than ever.
Up and down the western hemisphere, marijuana policy remains a hot topic of discussion. In 2016, a UN General Assembly Special Session focused on the drug problems in the world, particularly on marijuana problems.
As the support for medical marijuana is steadily growing among Americans, an increasing number of states are approving and developing their medical cannabis policies in favor of saving people's lives. The changes are so drastic that the latest actions carried out by medical marijuana defenders and legislators may lead to the end of federal medical cannabis prohibition.
On June 10, John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor, signed House Bill 1436 into law. This recreational and medical marijuana bill bans marijuana-infused gummies in the shape of humans, animals, and fruit. Selling such kind of gummies will be illegal starting from July 1.
While the United States has been significantly involved in the marijuana reform, there are some states that still prohibit all forms of cannabis use. Are advocates doing anything to push marijuana proposals? And when will these states join the national marijuana movement?
Nationwide, one in approximately twenty arrests is for simple marijuana possession. Although the total number of arrests for marijuana possession in the United States decreased in almost a half between 2010 and 2014, marijuana-related arrests remain near record-high levels.
As of now, the marijuana legalization movement is rather strong. Four states and the District of Columbia have already legalized recreational cannabis use; more states will be voting this fall. The notion of making marijuana legalization federal is becoming stronger with each passing day.