FDA Wants Input on Marijuana Reclassification; Support for Legalization Keeps Going Higher; Utah Sees Writing on the Wall | Marijuana

FDA Wants Input on Marijuana Reclassification; Support for Legalization Keeps Going Higher; Utah Sees Writing on the Wall

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A vast majority of Americans seem to really get it: Marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and regulated in the United States.

What happened in the week ending Oct. 13, 2018? The Trump administration announced its seeking public comments on marijuana reclassification, a new national poll by the Pew Research Center indicates high support for legalization. Even Utah, one of the most conservative states in the nation, is preparing for medical marijuana in 2019.

The FDA Wants Your Opinion On Marijuana Reclassification

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its first drug made from cannabis on June 25, 2018. Now, the FDA is asking the American public whether marijuana should be reclassified under the International Drug Control Treaties. In addition to reviewing several other substances for reclassification, the FDA is currently seeking public input on the impact of rescheduling marijuana, according to an Oct. 8, 2018, Forbes report.

Marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug within the U.S.’ Controlled Substances Act, and that’s a potential problem for signatory countries that have reformed their marijuana laws.

The public’s opinion will reportedly be used to help formulate a response from the federal government to the World Health Organization.

Ordinarily, I would consider this to be a good thing, but given the existence of the Trump administration’s Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, these opinions could potentially represent a problem. As BuzzFeed News reported on Aug. 30, 2018, the committee is trying to weaponize any negative information they can dig up from states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

Pew Poll Shows High Support for Marijuana Legalization

In a poll published Oct. 8, 2018, a Pew Research Center survey found that 62 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana. While the logic behind recreational legalization continues to gain traction globally — think Uruguay and Canada — Americans are also embracing marijuana reform in greater numbers, according to Pew’s survey.

The national survey revealed 75 percent of independents and 69 percent of Democrats support marijuana legalization. But while independents and Democrats overwhelmingly support reforming America’s marijuana laws, only 45 percent of Republicans were in favor of legalization. Per the poll, the GOP’s support for legalization has increased 6 points in just three years. And that’s relatively encouraging.

With the exception of Vermont, every other state that has fully legalized marijuana to date has done so through a voter initiative. So, that makes eight states where a majority of the voting public has clearly favored marijuana legalization over marijuana prohibition.

The Pew poll shows nearly 62 percent of Americans support recreational legalization. And understanding that your average politician’s top priority is to get reelected, I can’t help but imagine we’ll see a few more Republicans have their own personal coming to Jesus moment over marijuana reform. #Vote

Utah Will Receive Medical Marijuana in 2019

Republican Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has promised to call a special legislative session to address the issue of medical marijuana following the election Nov. 6, 2018. Proposition 2 is a ballot initiative put forward by the voters, but regardless of whether it passes, the measure’s overwhelming appeal among the electorate has pushed the predominantly Republican legislature to address the need of the people.

“If it doesn’t pass, then we need to get with the Legislature and come back into session and create a better law,” Herbert told the Salt Lake Tribune in late August 2018.

A poll conducted Oct. 9, 2018, by Deseret News found 64 percent of likely voters in the Beehive State will cast their ballot in support of Proposition 2.

Despite opposition from Herbert, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Utah Medical Association, and the Utah Sheriffs Association, the people’s overwhelming support and approval of medical marijuana has forced the traditionally red state to address the topic of medical marijuana, regardless of their ideological opposition.

When medical marijuana becomes a reality in Utah, it will have demonstrated that it can become a reality in any state. Regardless of whether Proposition 2 passes, the will of the people will have defeated some very powerful folks. On Oct. 4, 2018, the Mormon church joined elected officials in announcing they had come to an agreement to allow medical marijuana for qualified patients. This is what #Winning looks like.

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3 Comments

  1. I have been off of opiods and antidepressants for almost four years because I have legal medical marijuana in the state I live in. I was on the pills for 17+ years and was becoming very afraid to take them daily. I quit the pills I went through terrible withdrawl that will never happen again thanks to this wonderful all natural treatment.

  2. Since Republicans have a disproportionate legal influence right now, those elected officials – Federal, State, and Local Government employees of the people – have the sacred responsibility to reunite the Country by legalizing Cannabis. This is essentially the legalization of freedom for 40 or 50 million adult Americans who have already chosen for the benefits of Cannabis. Previously prohibitionist lawmakers are coming to the increasingly more positive and more truthful view of Cannabis at an unprecedented pace.

    Strength in Unity. The land of the free, and the home of the brave – our America.

  3. How can a government that claims to protect the freedoms of it’s citizens take away a plant given to them by the Creator of the universe. (Genesis 1:29) God gave man ALL the herbs to use. Now because if stupidity this government is now seeing how it is going to owe everyone arrested for it compensation.

    Alcohol which is dangerous can be bough at the neighborhood store & if you can show you are over 21 you can buy it, jump in the car & enjoy without any problems. Why then can’t a person go into a tobacco shop show ID and marijuana is not dangerous at all.

    This makes no sense at all even from this government.

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