Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017
The “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” was recently introduced by representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). The act would remove the cannabis plant from the Controlled Substances Act which would provide the states with the exclusive authority to regulate the plant however they see fit.
According to polling data that was released last week by Quinnipiac University, 59 percent of Americans agree with legalizing the adult use of marijuana, and 71 percent of voters – including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, believe that state governments, not the federal government, should be the ultimate authority of marijuana policy. With our current US Attorney General threatening to enforce a federal crackdown in adult states, it’s better that we be proactive rather than waiting to react.
It’s pretty difficult to argue with scientific data yet US Attorney General Jeff Session’s continues to deny scientific facts that legalizing cannabis access is associated with lower rates of opioid abuse. Our most recent US Attorney General spoke at a school last year insisting that marijuana is not a “gateway” drug.
The “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” would be a huge step in the direction that will help us harness this incredible cash generating industry for future generations. Ignoring the facts and scientific data that proves that marijuana is extremely less harmful than alcohol is abhorrent. But we are not downtrodden by what seems to be the beginning of an uphill battle, we the people have the power to make a difference.
Now, more than ever, is when we need to stand together and stand up using the proper avenues within politics. Instead of protesting and creating an image of what the general public thinks the cannabis community looks like, we need to encourage everyone to contact our federal elected officials and urge them to act on the passage of the “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.”