America has seen quite a victory for cannabis lately. 20% of the country allows adults to use cannabis for recreational use. Over 2/3rd of Americans are in favor of cannabis legalization and cannabis use in general has been skyrocketing, especially among the Baby Boomer generation. Keep in mind that the dispensaries won’t be opening until 2018 (the opening date has been pushed to July 2018 in Massachusetts), so you won’t be finding retail cannabis anytime soon.
It’s been four years since Colorado and Washington state first legalized recreational cannabis use, yet it’s still labeled a Schedule I drug by the DEA. Schedule I drugs are a category of drugs that have little to no medicinal use and have a high potential for abuse. Other drugs featured on the list include mescaline, LSD, heroin, ecstasy, and psilocybin. Cannabis is actually less addictive than heroin or nicotine, yet it still remains as a Schedule I drugs. The DEA recently designated Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive extract from cannabis, as a Schedule I drug.
Our progress for cannabis legalization may be flourishing, but the US seems to be lagging behind in legality issues. Eventually the cannabis industry will have to become more liberalized in the country as more and more consumers are being more aware of cannabis’s role in society. Meanwhile the UK propelled their legality issues into the other direction.
Around the same time the DEA decided to classify CBD as a Schedule I drug, Britain classified it as medicine. Britain’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) decided that CBD warranted the classification as a medical product based on credible evidence. CBD products that meets the exact quality and regulatory standards may be able to purchase by any British citizen. Legal CBD products for any British citizen…bloody hell!
This has caused some confusion with how America and the United Kingdom view cannabis in their society. Some states allow for recreational cannabis use and CBD products are available around the United States, yet THC and CBD are classified as Schedule I substances. The United Kingdom just classified CBD as medicine, but cannabis remains illegal for UK residents. So how is the cannabis industry supposed to flourish for the US/UK when the legality issues are all tangled up? These legality issues are just a bunch of bollocks! Such rubbish cannabis rules for both countries!
All British humor aside, these legality issues are stirring up controversy for the cannabis industry. It’s ironic how these two events happened around the same time. The US/UK are both barking mad to be reeling back the cannabis industry over these frivolous medical issues. People want legal cannabis to happen around the country, yet progress has been sluggish.
These legality issues pose serious PR nightmares for the cannabis industry. People should be properly educated on the medicinal effects of cannabis (both THC & CBD), yet they start being turned off due to that lack of information. We’re always informed about alcohol and cigarettes, so cannabis shouldn’t go through so many hurdles just to reach those untapped audiences. Cannabis has had a long and controversial history over the past few decades. The ‘Reefer Madness’ mindset still looms over US/UK citizens almost a century after the film’s release.