Although various studies have shown that marijuana can be used as medicine, the United States chose not to legalize the crop nationally. Officials assess the possibility of abuse is greater than the benefits obtained.
“We conclude that marijuana has great potential to be abused. Even to be taken under medical supervision, marijuana has a low safety margin,” said U.S. Department of Justice in its decision, according to Xinhua.
With the statement, marijuana remains classified as a hazardous material like heroin. Its use is restricted by a special permit for scientific purposes in educational institutions, not for treatment let alone to be abused.
United States’ decision to reject the legalization of marijuana is a bitter end for some scientists, who for the last 9 years were fighting for marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Numerous studies show that marijuana can overcome various diseases and pain.
Although finally rejected, most of the activists who fight for the legalization of marijuana is not too surprised to hear the decision. Previously, the proposed legalization of marijuana in the United States had been rejected twice, respectively in 1972 and 1995.
“This is obviously politically motivated decision of the opponents of legalizing marijuana,” said one activist, Joe Elford of Americans for Safe Access (ASA).Tagged with: americans for safe access, cannabis, cannabis legalization, legalization of marijuana, legalizing marijuana, Marijuana, marijuana legalization,