Marijuana, also known as cannabis, has been used for thousands of years. It was under the title of an illegal drug by many countries in this century. In the past 20 years there has been an emerging interest group to make it legal, mostly for medical reasons. In November 2010, the people of California will be able to vote to legalize it entirely. If this happens, the use of marijuana will be taxed and regulated.
According to "The New York Times," presently 14 states permit the use of marijuana for pain relief, or nausea and as an appetite stimulant to people who have AIDS, cancer and other incapacitating diseases. The laws that are presently there are not in agreement with the federal law. The federal government continues to be in opposition to making marijuana legal. Even the Obama administration has allowed some flexibility for medical marijuana; law enforcement agencies are still common and conducting raids on the growers. It was proposition 215 which initially legalized the medical marijuana in 1996.
Different Laws In Different States
The rules of the laws differ in the states that permit the medical marijuana. In some states sellers are to prove that is a nonprofit status, and all states call for the patients to contain a written physician's recommendation.
California is considering the absolute legalization of marijuana. The votes of the residents are anticipated on Proposition 19 to regulate marijuana. Supporters say that if marijuana becomes legal, the state could get 1.4 billion in taxes as well as save money from the law enforcement and prison funds.
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