Updated: Nov 4, 2020
What does the Presidential Election has to do with cannabis? With one day left to decide here's what to look at.
With a day before the presidential election, many are wondering what the new year will hold. Many cannabis/hemp business owners are praying for an win that will catapult them into the health and financial sector full of benefits that people who know about the great medicinal plant will provide. Bidden/Harris the past may have hurt them with prior convictions that would later post talk of debate amongst people of African American descent. On the other hand many democrat's are willing to accept the challenges of the two power elects to win against current president Donald Trump. Trump has been against the legalization of the cannabis plant but we often wonder why with all of his business expertise. While he has a massive group of supporters, people are still preparing for a win to launch new issues such as evictions, Corona Virus recovery, and the standing MORE ACT( Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act. The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019, or MORE Act, passed 24-10 after more than two hours of debate. It now heads to the full House as of last year and sponsored by the vice president elect Kamala Harris.
The bill would remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances, allow states to set their own marijuana policy and require federal courts to expunge prior convictions for marijuana offenses. A 5% tax on marijuana products would also establish a trust fund for programs designed to help people disproportionately impacted by the "war on drugs," including job training and treatment for substance abuse.
"For far too long, we have treated marijuana as a criminal justice problem instead of a matter of personal choice and public health. Whatever one's views on the use of marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes, arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating users at the federal level is unwise and unjust," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said in his opening statement.
Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association," praised the proposal's approval by saying it "marks a turning point for federal cannabis policy and is truly a sign that prohibition's day are numbered. "Removing marijuana from the list of Schedule I controlled substances — the same category as heroin and ecstasy — could provide access for veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Doctors at the VA are allowed to discuss marijuana use with patients, but can't recommend it, even in states where it's legal.
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But, there has been growing bipartisan support for access to medical marijuana for veterans. Advocates have also been asking for more research into the impact of medical marijuana.
Support for legalization has been on the rise in recent years. According to CBS News polling in April, 65% of Americans think marijuana should be legal. Most Americans view marijuana as less harmful than alcohol.
Dr. Yolanda Henderson Director and Franchise owner of Atlanta Georgia Academy of Cannabis Science still feels the stigma in the state as many people including the law makers as well as Doctors and law enforcement are not educated enough on the health benefits, business, and the genuine use of whole plant medicine. As a safety measure and understanding that unlike the legal alcohol toxicity, cannabis has an antagonist that within 5 minutes of a eurphoric high can be brought down to no effect by offsetting it with hemp/CBD the non-eurphoric (high feeling). She states that " As I educate students on the chemistry of Cannabis and Hemp, it is important not to give people the sense that people are trying to get high. Many new patients need the health benefits of medical cannabis like cancer treatments, epilepsy symptoms, pain and many other patented reliefs. Also, from a business aspect the unfairness of branding and blocking ads on social media, the banking industry not allowing fair banking, racial divides, and the financial monopoly of the industry catering to only the larger corporations with big dollars. Not only is democracy needing a win but people in the cannabis space would love to see the outcome tip in Cannabis direction. Vote Blue and enroll now for the upcoming classes at Atlanta Georgia Academy Of Cannabis Science. For more information visit www.atlantaacademyofcannabisscience.com or call 404-631-6360