FDA Wants Input on Marijuana Reclassification; Support for Legalization Keeps Going Higher; Utah Sees Writing on the Wall

FDA Wants Input on Marijuana Reclassification; Support for Legalization Keeps Going Higher; Utah Sees Writing on the Wall

A huge majority of Americans seem to actually get it: Marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and regulated in the United States.

What occurred in the week ending Oct. 13, 2018? The Trump administration announced its seeking comments on marijuana reclassification, a national poll by the Pew Research Center suggests support for legalization. Among the most conservative states in the nation, even Utah, is currently preparing for medical marijuana in 2019.

The FDA Wants Your Opinion About Marijuana Reclassification

Now, the FDA is requesting the American public whether marijuana should be reclassified under the International Drug Control Treaties. In addition to reviewing several different substances for reclassification, the FDA is now seeking public input on the impact of rescheduling marijuana, according to an Oct. 8, 2018, Forbes report.

Marijuana is known as a Schedule I drug within the U.S.’ Controlled Substances Act, which ’s a potential issue for signatory countries that have reformed their marijuana laws.

The public’s opinion will reportedly be used to help formulate a response from the federal government to the World Health Organization.

Ordinarily, I would believe this to be a fantastic thing, but given the existence of the Trump administration’s Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, these remarks could potentially represent a problem. As BuzzFeed News reported on Aug. 30, 2018, the committee is trying to weaponize any negative information they can dig up from states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

Pew Poll Shows High Support for Marijuana Legalization

While the logic behind recreational legalization continues to gain traction internationally — believe Uruguay and Canada — Americans are also embracing marijuana reform in greater numbers, according to Pew’s survey.

The national survey revealed 75 percent of independents and 69 percent of Democrats support marijuana legalization. However, while independents and Democrats overwhelmingly support reforming America’s marijuana legislation, only 45 percent of Republicans were in favor of legalization. The poll, the GOP’s support for legalization has increased 6 points in only 3 decades. And that’s relatively encouraging.

With the exception of Vermont, every other state that has fully legalized marijuana to date has done so through a voter initiative. So, that makes eight countries.

The Pew poll shows almost 62 percent of Americans support recreational legalization. And understanding that your average politician’s top priority is to get reelected, I can’t help but imagine we’ll see a few more Republicans have their own personal coming over marijuana reform. #Vote

Utah Will Receive Medical Marijuana in 2019

Republican Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has promised to call a special legislative session to deal with the issue of medical marijuana following the election Nov. 6, 2018.

“If it doesn’t pass, then we will need to get together with the Legislature and come back into session and create a better law,” Herbert told the Salt Lake Tribune in late August 2018.

A poll conducted Oct. 9, 2018, by Deseret News found 64 percent of Republicans in the Beehive State will cast their ballot in support of Proposition 2.

Despite resistance from Herbert, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Utah Medical Association, and the Utah Sheriffs Association, the people’s overwhelming support and acceptance of medical marijuana has forced the traditionally red state to deal with the subject of medical marijuana, irrespective of their ideological opposition.

When medical marijuana becomes a fact in Utah, it will have demonstrated that it may become a reality in almost any state. Whether Proposition 2 passes, the will of the people will have conquered some folks. On Oct. 4, 2018, the Mormon church joined elected officials in announcing they’d come to an arrangement to permit medical marijuana for qualified patients. This is what #Winning resembles.

Released at Sat, 13 October 2018 17:00:33 +0000

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