The legal actions against Cannabis in the world
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17th October 2020

The legal actions against Cannabis in the world

Elijah Farley
Cannabis which is legally called Marijuana is a drug that has been made from cannabis trees or plants. It is among the most abused drugs or used by drug users all over the world with the youth being the age group that prefers it most. The drug has also been used for medical and recreational purposes currently and previously among many communities in different areas. In the United States, cannabis use is dated back to over 5 thousand years back where it is believed that it was used to relieve pain during procedures and other pain relief.

The Use of Cannabis was first recognized in the United States when Mexican groups surged towards some states like Texas and Louisiana. These groups of people have shifted with their cultural aspects and ways of living from their lands in Mexico. Among the things they came with to the United States was the use of Marihuana, currently referred to as Marijuana or cannabis. The ethnic groups that lived in the lands of Texas and other states developed different perceptions of the ways of living of the Mexican immigrants. This has to lead to cannabis becoming one of the most politicized drugs in the United States and the subject of criticism to those who used it.

Restrictions and imposing sanctions on Cannabis

It was widely known that Mexican immigrants have been using the drug as recreational, medicinal, and spiritual which served their purposes of life in different ways. Due to the political views and the nature this drug was perceived, the laws in many states approached this drug in different ways. The early 20th century has shown legal actions being taken in some states in the United States.

Restrictions and imposing sanctions on Cannabis use had begun by 1906 where the Government of the United States labeled Marijuana as a poisonous drug. Many states started to impose legal actions in the aftermath for about a period of 25 years. During the start of the second decade in the 20th century, the drug was posted as illegal and prohibited drugs for commercial and other consumption too. By the mid-1930s, about 35 states adopted the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act, and cannabis got regulated as a poisonous drug in the United States.

The federal government had total control

Some States then passed the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 which sparked a wide criticism on the measures proposed and the intent behind its prohibition. During this time, it was claimed that the drug made the Black people who used it more aggressive and liable to criminal activities which were NEVER justified. Many political theories and other ideologies have been the talk of the days leading to the ban of this drug on ethnically motivated judgment rather than a common ground belief. By 1970, the American people had been undergoing the revolution from all kinds of beliefs and propaganda. This has also led to the passing of Laws enacted on Marijuana use including for Medical use in the United States as a country.

The federal government had total control over the Substances under the act with some governing bodies given the opportunity to control Cannabis in the country. In 1973, there was significant growth in drugs and consumption in the United States with Marijuana among the commonly used drugs. There were several groups under the Narcotic control acts which then merged to form the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs to strengthen against this insurgence.

The impact of many drugs has

While all that happened, the use of marijuana for many purposes have been taking place with the restrictions in the United States partially addressing it. There were also growing concerns on its benefits in lawful acts such as medicine and recreational purposes. This has led to researches that we're undertaking to identify the probable future uses of the Cannabis plant products. As such many people have started to recognize the drug for many purposes.

The impact of many drugs has seen other laws getting imposed which had several impacts since Solomon–Lautenberg amendment (1990). This amendment aimed at suspending Driver licenses for those who are captured with drug use including Marijuana. In 1995, the House Joint Resolution 117 (1998) had approved Proposition 215 to legalize medical cannabis in the California state. This helped relieve some pressure on this drug's consumption. Other states then followed on the legalization of this drug and the use for purposes like medical and recreational use.

The legal actions against Cannabis in the world

In the other world, the use of this drug has been dated back to centuries with several uses recorded. Many countries recorded domestic, spiritual, and medical use which were placed with no restrictions. As countries like the United States of America banned the use of Cannabis, many European countries followed suit. There was a growing impact on the ban on marijuana in European countries since the start of the 20th century. These countries had different acts depending on the imports made on marijuana which had significantly reduced its consumption and use.

Many countries in Europe have banned completely the use of Marijuana for long and still exists up to today. A good example is France which has taken drastic measures on the use of cannabis and its products. A person could face up to 30000 Euros in fine and or a year jail sentence which is quite hefty unlike other places in Europe.

In Asia, Cannabis use has been dated to ancient times by many countries that record in their history. For instance, China dates about 5000 years back in its use and the drug was made illegal since 1985 when it was banned by the People's Republic of China and the Conventional on Psychotropic Substances. It is claimed that Marijuana was used as fiber to make different products, medical use that was intended to relieve pain and spiritual by ethnic groups. This ban that came in 1985 didn't limit the growth of the product but personal use has been the subject of detaining and fines in the country.

Many other countries had imposed bans on marijuana use but also some have relieved the bans recently. Some countries in Europe have allowed coffee shops to sell low quantities of marijuana for domestic use.

Finally, cannabis has been the subject of many legal actions which came with different impacts on its consumption. There have been political and social impacts on the use of cannabis in different parts of the world. Legal actions taken on this drug have existed for about a century now but several countries have resolved by easing its consumption in several sectors like in medical and recreational use.

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