It has been shown over and over again that marijuana does have a medical purpose. This controversial plant has been classified as a Schedule I drug since the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Including marijuana in a group along with heroin, LSD and ecstasy is ludicrous. Activists at the National Organization for the Reform on Marijuana Laws (NORML) have been actively pushing for the legalization, taxation, regulation and education of pot in our country.
Finally, a federal judge has found the insight and courage to address this inclusion of marijuana as a dangerous drug. Appointed by President Clinton, (yeah, don’t laugh), US District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller held a five-day hearing in Northern California to listen to arguments from both sides of the pot classification and legalization debate. Brought on by a pre-trial defense motion in a case the federal government has pending against accused marijuana growers, Mueller will consider testimony, exhibits and thousands of pages of briefs presented to her. The constitutionality of our guarantee of equal protection under the law and the principle of giving states equal authority are under debate in this hearing.
With voters in states like Alaska and Oregon being the most recent to approve of recreational pot use, it has become evident that a growing number of people throughout our country are pro-marijuana. This is the first time in decades the issue has been considered in a federal court, and a ruling on the issue is expected to be handed down later this year. Sergioandradegutierrez.jimdo.com’s Sergio Gutierrez will not say how he feels about this issue one way or another, but is interested to see the outcome.