What Is Cannabis Law Reform?
When you are in the business of drug law enforcement, or just working in a certain area where drug-related laws apply, it is a given that cannabis law reform is something you are going to be working on. Unfortunately, there is so much work that goes into law enforcement and it is difficult to know what legal provisions may arise in the future, which could cause you trouble.
So what is cannabis law reform? It is an idea that is gaining a lot of momentum and it is about time that it starts to get more attention.
In theory, cannabis law reform is simply the changing of laws that have been used to make it illegal for certain things. Currently, cannabis is still classified as a Schedule I substance, as in have no accepted medical use and high potential for abuse. By law, cannabis must not be smoked, eaten, or injected but the amount of substances that are allowed in a one-ounce joint, for example, has not changed.
Alcohol and tobacco are legal substances and therefore have more restrictions than cannabis. There are also other substances that have more restrictions than cannabis only gets to the top of the list due to the general public’s lack of understanding about the substance. However, there are still areas of the world that have legalized the substance, for example, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
One of the areas of cannabis law reform that has been addressed is the classification of the drug itself. It has always been portrayed as being some kind of evil weed that gets people to smoke it for fun, to get high and create the illusion of better health. Today, cannabis is often taken as medicine by many who suffer from severe and life-threatening diseases such as cancer.
If you were to look at the substance in this light, you would see the plant to be a powerful medication that can do much good. Many people use the cannabis plant to treat all kinds of illnesses, both physical and mental.
There is also legislation being worked on by states that would legalize the plant. One example is Arizona, which allows its doctors to recommend medical cannabis to their patients. By legalizing the plant, the state would be able to take control of the production and distribution of the drug in an effort to make sure that cannabis can be accessible to those in need of it.
There is also the possibility of the federal government making it easier for its citizens to access cannabis. As long as the plant is regulated, which is very important, then we can be assured that there will be a regulated market that will exist.
Cannabis law reform is not a complete solution to the problem. However, it is a necessary step towards making sure that cannabis is legalized for medical and adult use. Other options could include legalizing cannabis for industrial and agricultural purposes.
The other thing that is needed is education. The truth is that not many people understand cannabis, especially in the world of medicine. With legalization being debated, it is vital that they understand the basic facts about cannabis.
Freedom and rights. This is the message that many groups and individuals are using to raise awareness about the injustices that have been done to cannabis users and to families that are fighting to save their loved ones from what appears to be the wrath of the ‘War On Drugs’. With legalization, cannabis users will be free to consume the drug without fear.
Cannabis law reform may have been a long time coming, but it is certainly a long way from being the end of the story. The reason why the subject needs to be addressed now is because the general public is growing more aware of the reality that there is a world of difference between the lawful use of cannabis and its illegal cultivation and consumption. It’s a delicate balancing act, with many factors involved, but it is well worth the effort.