New Regulations Passed In 2020

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December 15 2020

A lot has happened on the legal front regarding the legalization of Cannabis in 2020. Many proponents were championing CBD’s legalization, which seems like the year that a lot of progress happened. Regardless of the motivation behind the legalization of Marijuana, it is a win for users and those who need it for various reasons. What’s more, the federal government will get more money and cut down prison spending due to imprisonment cases related to Marijuana.

 

Laws in 2020 Worth Noting

Before you find marijuana seeds for sale for personal use, it helps to know the legal bit around Marijuana. It will make it easy to understand what is at stake when purchasing products that could potentially be illegal. Fortunately, 2020 is the year that a lot of progress in the industry has taken place in this sector. This article explores some of the milestones achieved during this year.

The MORE ACT

The immense support for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE act)  saw it pass with a vote of 228-164. The aim is to have cannabis decriminalized, marking the first time for congress to debate the issue. This act comes with numerous advantages starting with the ceasing of non-violent Marijuana-related federal convictions. While marijuana advocates may celebrate the progress made so far, it is not enough. The situation currently is a wait-and-see situation because it still has to go through the senate for approval into law.

Many experts still feel that this is a tall order because the senate is likely to reject it. However, regardless of how things turn out, recognizing the injustices done to people over the years is coming to light. The fact that this issue is even under discussion is a step in the right direction.

Still Considered a Schedule 1 Drug By the Federal Government

 

 

Up until the senate votes to decriminalize Marijuana, it remains a Schedule 1 drug according to the federal government, making it illegal, and thus users can quickly be arrested and convicted for an offense related to it. According to a recent popular public opinion poll, most Americans seem to agree with the proposals to decriminalize Marijuana. 68% of Americans are in support of the legalization of Marijuana. More states are also permitting the medical use of Marijuana, and some have even accepted the recreational use of the substance.

Understanding The Defense Bill Report

Upon passing the defense spending bill, The House of Representatives cautioned Military leaders about enforcing penalties related to Marijuana on their service members. There is potential for military officers to re-enlist if they were guilty of Marijuana-related offenses. There is a lot of debate around the military and the use of cannabis.

Marijuana Research Regulations

Currently, the only research allowed legally revolves around the medical use of the product. Unfortunately, more needs to happen, considering that people are using products whose quality may be wanting. The difficulties in researching cannabis products make it impossible for any meaningful progress to occur. Most of the research is limited due to the lack of variety; hence it is impossible to carry out high-quality research on cannabis.

Proposals on recreational Marijuana Use

 

The past election results were quite telling as voters unanimously agreed on allowing recreational use of Marijuana in several states across the US. States that took the lead include Montana, Arizona, South Dakota, and New Jersey. Joining the list of states allowing Marijuana use, although medically, are South Dakota and Mississippi.

Currently, there are only a few states in the US that do not allow the use of Marijuana in any form. A lot of progress happened since the earlier years when those against the use of Marijuana were much more than the proponents. Generally, though, the legalization of medical marijuana seems to be a lot easier than recreational Marijuana.

Status of Legalizing Marijuana per State

Even though many states have legalized the use of marijuana either for medical or recreational purposes, there are numerous restrictions attached to this legality. There are currently more states offering the use of Marijuana in one form or another, and fewer states are considering them as illegal. However, each state has unique laws and regulations governing the use of recreational marijuana. For instance, in Alabama, CBD is only used on rare and unique medical conditions based on Carly’s law.

On the other hand, a state like Alaska, where cannabis use is fully legal, restricts the amount of weed an adult can have at any given time and the number of plants a person can have at any given time. In Arizona, cannabis is allowed medically and restricted in some form since it is only allowed medically for specific conditions such as cancer, HIV, Glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, Hepatitis C, PTSD, and conditions that may result in random seizures. Users are also allowed a maximum of 12 plants only, and any recreational use of the product is a felony.

Final Thoughts

While a lot of progress has happened in the cannabis industry, the journey is still long. It helps to note that each state has its governing regulations and laws, despite having cannabis as fully or medically accepted. Users must understand these laws to be safe as they await the potential federal decriminalization if it happens.

 

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This is a guest post by Rebecca D. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar.  The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein or any opinions or ideas expressed herein.  This post is for entertainment and literary value and is not intended as legal advice.  This post does not establish an attorney-client relationship of any sort.  If you have legal questions about ideas presented herein please contact a lawyer knowledgeable in this field of practice.

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