As the Biden administration presses ahead with strong public support for marijuana reform, the legalized medicinal use of cannabis may be coming closer than ever before. Biden has expressed his support for cannabis legalization for medical purposes, and a recent recommendation to reschedule cannabis underscores the White House’s commitment to reform. Here is a closer look at the potential of liberty cannabinoids offer patients and the White House’s mission to bring freedom and relief in the form of medicinal cannabis.
1. Biden Open to Medical Cannabis legalization
Joe Biden, the Democrat nominee presumptive for the 2020 United States Presidential election, has spoken out about medical cannabis legalization – and he’s open to it. He has discussed how to best handle the rapidly changing cannabis industry across the nation.
According to Biden, the federal government needs to develop a system of regulation for medical cannabis. This would create proper oversight, such as requiring prescriptions, ensuring safe production and providing incentives to states willing to craft their own cannabis laws. He believes that a uniform set of laws is the only way to have effective legislation.
- Prescriptions: There needs to be required and regulated use of cannabis, similar to other prescription medication.
- Safe Production: Strict oversight of cannabis production needs to be established to ensure the quality of the product.
- Incentives for states: By providing incentives to states making it easier to pass medical cannabis laws, oversight and standard are met consistently.
Biden further expressed that marijuana use is a “gateway drug” and that there must be sufficient regulations for such drugs, so that younger people don’t access it, and that the US should really focus on the decrease of opioid addiction. He’s acknowledging the shift in public opinion but he wants the use of cannabis to be treated and handled on par with prescription drugs while also pushing for resources to combat opioid abuse.
2. White House Pledges Support for Rescheduling Cannabis
The White House has recently declared its support for rescheduling cannabis as a federally controlled enforceable drug. This declaration officially legitimizes cannabis in the eyes of the U.S. Federal Government, placing it in a similar category as other drugs such as morphine and oxycodone.
These pledges are seen as a major victory for cannabis advocates, some of whom have been working to change the drug’s classification for decades. The White House has promised a range of policy changes to achieve this goal, including:
- Revision of federal laws and regulations to make marijuana available for medical and research purposes
- Ensure the safety of cannabis products
- Create and reform cannabis-focused banking regulations
- Partner with states and communities to ensure safe and equitable cannabis legalization
These changes will undoubtedly have profound and wide-reaching effects, from the health and wellness arena to the legal and financial sectors. The White House’s affirmation of cannabis should open many opportunities for advocacy and research, and create greater access and protections for the cannabis industry and consumers.
3. Who Will Benefit From Cannabis Legalization?
More and more states are legalizing cannabis and the list is growing. With the potential to revolutionize the economy and culture of certain states, countless people are set to benefit from cannabis legalization. Here are some of the parties that will benefit from legal weed.
- Medical Patients: Legalizing cannabis can bring much-needed relief to many in the medical community. As more cannabis-based medicines become available, patients will have access to effective treatments that weren’t available before.
- Legal Professionals: The DEA and the courts will benefit from clarifying and enforcing legal cannabis standards. Law enforcement can devote fewer resources to policing marijuana-related violations and instead focus on other threats.
Cannabis legalization has the potential to create jobs and revenue. Business owners can tap into this potential, as well as the potential of the medicinal marijuana market. Investors will also take advantage of this new opportunity to make money, and more money flowing into the economy can only be a good thing.
4. Looking Ahead: Political Implications of Legalizing Medical Cannabis
The legalization of medical cannabis is a big step forward for many communities. It provides relief to those suffering from chronic and debilitating conditions and is an important part of their healing. But, while the medical cannabis user can expect newfound freedom and access to relief, another side of the coin must not be overlooked – the evolution of the law as it pertains to cannabis.
The implications of legalizing medical cannabis remain foggy, but one thing that is certain is that it will have important consequences for politics. For the most part, this can be seen as a victory for the liberal-minded:
- The Right To Medicate: The most obvious implication is that people with a qualifying medical condition can rightly access cannabis for the relief of their symptoms.
- The Weed Of The People: By removing the stigma held by many people around cannabis, the laws can open the door for increased support to end prohibition altogether.
The court of public opinion is largely in support of medical cannabis and its legalization provides a platform for the discussion to advocate further for its decriminalization. With politicians increasingly recognizing the value of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, lawmakers may soon be forced to answer the question: is it time to fully legalize cannabis in all its forms?
There is no doubt that President Biden’s commitment to decriminalizing marijuana has been gaining steam as his administration continues to push for the legal medical use of marijuana. With support from the White House, it would appear that a brighter, more progressive future for marijuana in the United States is on the horizon. Only time will tell what comes next; in the meantime, let us take a moment to celebrate this momentous stride in the journey toward cannabis reform.