AMERICAS WIDESPREAD ACCEPTANCE OF MEDICAL CANNABIS HAS LEAD MANY TO QUESTION: WHAT OTHER CURES HAS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT BEEN HOLDING OUT WITH THE WAR ON DRUGS?It's a consensus amongAmericans that Cannabis legalization is only a matter of time. Even our former President has called current climate untenable for federal prohibition of marijuana…So whats next for the future of US Drug policy look like over the next 20 years as more and more states settle this issue.In fact most people believe time is the only obstacle to achieving a free and open market for cannabis. After that the market will develop to a certain point where the top brands will become national household names. In a word of infinite possibilities for cannabis.Naturally this shift in policy has lead to a dramatic shift in the way they want to see their government handle its century long prohibition on drugs and the acceptance of the cannabis as medicine. Some of its proponents claim the US Government has been using the war on drugs as a way on treatment for many other diseases and want to use cannabis legalization as a model of a way to add another tool in doctors kits in treating such conditions asPTSD, depression and even helping terminal patients healthfully cope with end of life conditions.In fact the study of psychedelic therapeutics is nothing new, as it's history would include being the fact that the US Government itself was a huge participant both clinically and financially in psychedelic research.Between 1953 and 1973, the federal government spent four million dollars to fund 116 studies of LSD, involving more than seventeen hundred subjects.(These figures don't account for millions spent in classified CIA research.)Through the mid-nineteen-sixties, psilocybin and LSD were legal and remarkably easy to obtain. Sandoz, the Swiss chemical company where, in 1938,Albert Hofmann first synthesized LSD, gave away large quantities of precursor chemicals for LSD to any researcher who requested it, in the hope that someone would discover a marketable application. However this era of promising research was not to last because in response to his fear for the growing counter culture and influence of minority's in America, then President In 1970, Richard Nixon initiated the war on drugs by signing the Controlled Substances Act and put most psychedelics on Schedule 1, prohibiting their use for any purpose, along with cannabis.This was a direct attempt to disenfranchise those The President saw as a threat to his agenda. An easy way to have them given criminal records and purge them from the voting rolls.If you know the legal history of the US Governments attempt to criminalize plants you'll see its unstable at best legal foundation this is because in order to make laws against drugs the US government has to use congress to far overreach its jurisdiction and use its authority to make tax laws as well as their power to pass laws designed to keep high powered machine-guns out of the hands of gangsters as justification for their ability to pass anti-drug laws. From there what became a stable program for law enforcement by always giving them easy targets to arrest then grew out of control at the hands of government bureaucracy as politicians saw an opportunity building voter loyalty by being against drugs AKA for family values. Privatizing the prison system also played a huge roll in this but thats an article for a different day.Most people are unaware that for all this to change to occur it is very simple. A pro constitution supreme court could overturn the Controlled Substance Act an obvious infringement by the US government on states rightsas well as the many world heath groups that advocate for a more common sense global health policy. Fighting he same legal framework keeping legal cannabis away from millions of Americans will play a part in adding mushrooms, LSD and MDMA as accepted treatment options for a myriad of medical conditions..Many countries have already moved for less harsh punishments when it comes to drug abuse and possessionsome countries such as The Czech Republic, Portugal and the Netherlands have already decriminalized drugswith astonishing results which suggest that throwing people in prison for years because of disease is completely counter productive and does nothing to solve the issue at hand.
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