Marijuana Legalization Update
Marijuana is a highly popular and widely accessible drug in the U.S. In national surveys, 48 percent of the population admit they have tried it, and 6.5 percent of high school seniors say they use it daily. With these numbers, it’s no surprise that two states—Colorado and Washington—were able to legalize recreational marijuana in the November 2012 general election.
The two states though, only allow the possession of the drug in limited quantity, and only those above 21 years of age are allowed to have it. Nevertheless, proponents expect similar measures will soon be approved in other parts of the country.
Presently, 18 states and the District of Columbia allow the possession and use of the drug for medical purposes. Doctors in these jurisdictions may prescribe the drug to manage or treat ailments including glaucoma, menstrual cramps, and cancer.
Current laws however, do not guarantee the quality or safety of cannabis products. In Oakland, California, people are lucky that they have dispensary centers with strict quality control systems. Elsewhere, however, people get their dose of medical marijuana at mom-and-pop shops, or worse, from dubious dealers on the street. To ensure product safety, researchers have plenty of cannabis health risks to “weed” out.