It only took a little over a decade for Americans to eschew the teetotaler movement when it came to the prohibition of alcohol, so why is it taking so long to revamp our national marijuana laws?
That is a question that has played Hell on presidential politics for some time. From all corners of the political spectrum, there seems to be reason enough for the countrywide legalization of the plant, especially given that well over half of the states in the nation have already passed their own forms of decriminalization or outright recreational regulation.
In states where the drug has been legalized, a number of seriously powerful effects have been recorded including massive tax surpluses and reduced rates of opioid overdoses.
National legalization, while almost certainly on its way, (eventually), does present its own challenges however.
2020 democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is hoping to conquer those challenges.
The New York senator says in a Medium post on Wednesday she’d work with Congress to decriminalize recreational marijuana use and tax nonprescription marijuana products.
Gillibrand says she wants to use the proceeds to support job training and other programs for communities “disproportionately harmed by marijuana laws,” especially helping small businesses owned by women and minorities.
Gillibrand also believes that prescription pot could be the key to tackling a number of Veterans’ issues as well, with cannabis products showing great success in recent studies involving PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
And while marijuana certainly isn’t on its way to becoming as ubiquitous as cigarettes or alcohol, the prosperity that an agriculturally-heavy economy could cultivate with a national legalization program is far too powerful to ignore.
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