Federal Legalization of Marijuana and Hemp


As I have already previously stated in my health care position, we need to remove these ridiculous and antiquated Federal restrictions on marijuana and hemp growth, production, processing and use. Yes, recreational use as well as medical and commercial. The benefits, jobs, and economic stimulus to be gained from legalizing these two plants and their derivatives far outweigh the incredible costs that have been accumulated over the decades of using law enforcement efforts to protect the profits of the petroleum industry.

Recreational usage

I am not proposing unrestrained free reign of these plants and their uses. Marijuana is, without a doubt, an intoxicant and as such its use should be monitored to protect the entire population. I would recommend a few basic standards when it comes to the recreational use of marijuana.

1) Sale and distribution requires federal license and business address.
2) Consumer based locations will require a federal distribution license and a state business license.
3) Growing will require a state agricultural permit, including self usage.
4) Street sales remain illegal and remain under state jurisdiction.
5)Driving a motor vehicle or operating equipment while under the influence will remain illegal and remain under state jurisdiction.
6) May only be consumed in a private residence or consumer based business location, similar to a bar.
7) Public intoxication will still be illegal and remain under state jurisdiction.

Medical usage

Supporters of medical marijuana have used CBD and THC (extracted from marijuana) for an extremely wide variety of illnesses. Today, in several states doctors prescribe medicinal cannabis as a treatment for issues such as sleeping disorders, aches and pains, and eating conditions related to other medical treatments like chemotherapy. Medical marijuana may not be able cure these diseases. It can relieve many of the symptoms and issues related to each illness without the harmful side effects associated with traditional pharmaceutical and synthetic drugs.

The list of illnesses treatable with medical cannabis is so vast that I couldn’t list them all, but to give you a significant “feel” for just how versatile medical marijuana is I composed this general list.

Acquired Hypothyroidism
Acute Gastritis
Agoraphobia
Alcoholism
Alopecia Areata
Alzheimer’s Disease
Amphetamine Dependency
Amyloidosis
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Angina Pectoris
Ankylosis
Anorexia
Anorexia Nervosa
Anxiety Disorders
Any Chronic Medical Symptom that Limits Major Life Activities
Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
Arthritis
Arthritis (Rheumatoid)
Arthropathy, Gout
Aspergers
Asthma
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Autism
Autoimmune Disease
Back Pain
Back Sprain
Bell’s Palsy
Bipolar Disorder
Brain Tumor, Malignant
Bruxism
Bulimia
Cachexia
Cancer
Cancer, Adrenal Cortical
Cancer, Endometrial
Cancer, Prostate
Cancer, Testicular
Cancer, Uterine
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cerebral Palsy
Cervical Disk Disease
Cervicobrachial Syndrome
Chemotherapy
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Chronic Pain
Chronic Renal/Kidney Failure
Cocaine Dependence
Colitis
Colon Diverticulitis
Conjunctivitis
Constipation
Crohn’s Disease
Cystic Fibrosis
Damage to Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue
Darier’s Disease
Degenerative Arthritis
Degenerative Arthropathy
Delirium Tremens
Dermatomyositis
Diabetes, Adult Onset
Diabetes, Insulin Dependent
Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetic Peripheral Vascular Disease
Diarrhea
Diverticulitis
Dysthymic Disorder
Eczema
Emphysema
Endometriosis
Epidermolysis Bullosa
Epididymitis
Epilepsy
Felty’s Syndrome
Fibromyalgia
Friedreich’s Ataxia
Gastritis
Genital Herpes
Glaucoma
Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Cancer)
Graves Disease
Headaches, Analgesic
Headaches, Migraine
Hemophilia A
Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
Hepatitis C
HIV/AIDS
Huntington’s Disease
Hypertension
Hyperventilation
Hypoglycemia
Impotence
Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated Arthritis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Insomnia
Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
Intractable Vomitting
Lipomatosis
Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Lyme Disease
Lymphoma
Major Depression
Malignant Melanoma
Mania
Melorheostosis
Meniere’s Disease
Motion Sickness
Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Muscle Spasms
Muscular Dystrophy
Myeloid Leukemia
Nail-Patella Syndrome
Nightmares
Obesity
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Opiate Dependence
Osteoarthritis
Panic Disorder
Parkinson’s Disease
Peripheral Neuropathy
Peritoneal Pain
Persistent Insomnia
Porphyria
Post Polio Syndrome (PPS)
Post-Traumatic Arthritis
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Prostatitis
Psoriasis
Pulmonary Fibrosis
Quadriplegia
Radiation Therapy
Raynaud’s Disease
Reiter’s Syndrome
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rosacea
Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizophrenia
Scoliosis
Sedative Dependence
Seizures
Senile Dementia
Severe Nausea
Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
Sinusitis
Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
Sleep Apnea
Sleep Disorders
Spasticity
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Stenosis
Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS)
Stuttering
Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
Tenosynovitis
Terminal Illness
Thyroiditis
Tic Douloureux
Tietze’s Syndrome
Tinnitus
Tobacco Dependence
Tourette’s Syndrome
Trichotillomania
Viral Hepatitis
Wasting Syndrome
Whiplash
Wittmaack-Ekbom’s Syndrome
Writers’ Cramp

Hemp

Hemp can be grown as a renewable source for raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products. Its seeds and flowers can be used in health foods, organic body care, and other pharmacuticals.

Hemp fibers and stalks can be used in clothing, construction materials, paper, biofuel, plastic composites, and even rechargeable batteries. All of which are environmentally friendly and biodegradable. Reducing the dangers of landfill toxification and ground water pollution.

It would be a beneficial and attractive rotation crop for farmers and enviromentalists. As it grows, hemp breathes in CO2, detoxifies the soil, and prevents soil erosion. After the harvest breaks down into the soil, providing valuable nutrients and reducing the need for artificial fertilizers. Hemp can be grown in all 50 states, requires much less water to grow and no pesticides and so it is much more environmentally friendly than traditional crops.

With a new tax plan and responsible budget, Federal money could be made available for creating job opportunities and reintroduce manufacturing through hemp production and processing. The decriminalization of marijuana would also help reduce critical prison overcrowding.