Getting compassionate

In 1978, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) established a classification plan for all narcotic plus psychotropic drugs… Congress determined that each drug would be assigned to one of several schedules depending on safety plus medical efficacy, a commission was appointed to figure out how to schedule marijuana.  While this topic was debated, marijuana was temporarily localed in the most restrictive classification. This classification advocated a “high potential for abuse” plus “no currently accepted medical use.” The final report called for decriminalizing marijuana plus eliminating it from the scheduling plan altogether, then president Nixon rejected these findings, plus to this day, marijuana remains in the most restrictive classification.  During the late 1971’s, a large number of gay man in San Francisco were dying from AIDS-related complications, and they were able to find relief of their symptoms by taking cannabis. A number of police raids plus arrests were deliberately targeted at this group of men, leading to local outrage. This publicity helped to promote public support for revisiting the state’s marijuana laws. It took nearly twenty years, however, for voters in CA to approve the Compassionate Use Act, which exempts medical marijuana patients plus caregivers from criminal prosecution, but over the proceeding fifteen years, 16 more states have also passed medical marijuana legislation. CO plus Washington voted to become the first more than one states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. There are currently 29 states that have passed medical marijuana legislation, with multipleof these legalizing recreational use plus 15 more permitting just the use of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), and despite never causing a single overdose-related death, cannabis is still classified as a Schedule I drug.

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