On March 25th marijuana prohibition will be ruled to be unconstitutional in California. That is the day that Judge Mueller will announce her verdict on United States v. Schweder.
If Judge Mueller rules in favor of Schweder, we will for sure see an appeal. The case will then go to the 9th circuit court of appeals. If the ruling is upheld, the ruling will apply to the states that are part of the 9th circuit (pretty much the entire west coast). From there, the ruling will definitely be appealed again, which means that the case will go to the U.S. Supreme Court and their ruling applies to the entire country.
The United States is at a turning point
These developments will change the landscape of the legal marijuana industry for good. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I substance, along with heroin and ecstasy. Schedule I substances are those that have the following findings:
The drug or substance has a high potential for abuse.
The drug or substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or substance under medical supervision
Marijuana HAS medical benefits
How can people say that marijuana has no medical benefits if a U.K based company, GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), has already developed a medicine derived from the cannabis plant. The drug, Sativex, is prescribed to people that suffer from multiple sclerosis. Sativex is sold over 25 countries!
Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years and many doctors believe that the plant can benefit millions of people around the world. Here are a few of the illnesses that can be treated by cannabis.
Lou Gehrig’s disease
U.S Surgeon General thinks marijuana can be helpful
Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, appeared on “CBS This Morning,” last month and said, “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, marijuana can be helpful.” The Surgeon General then added, “I think that we have to use that data to drive policymaking.”
Dr. Murthy is not the first Surgeon General to debate marijuana’s classification and the overall United States drug policy. In 1993, Joycelyn Elders, the Surgeon General under President Clinton, said the U.S.. should seriously consider legalizing drugs. “I do feel we’d markedly reduce our crime rate if drugs were legalized,” she said at the time. Dr. Murthy’s statements, however, come at a time when medical marijuana is a hot topic in the United States.