Cactus: Spring 2012
Topic: Is it time to change the Marijuana laws ?
- Legalize it across the board?
- Partially legalize for medical use?
- For commercial hemp?
- Strengthen the laws?
- Strengthen enforcement?
CACTUS recommends, by a vote of seventeen to zero, that production of cannabis as an agricultural commodity and use of marijuana as a licensed medical drug be legalized in the United States. The Recommendation is to be implemented in two stages: (1) issuance of a Presidential directive requiring research on pharmaceutical benefits and distinction between industrial and high-THC varieties of the plant; (2) passage of a law establishing administrative means to oversee production and marketing of industrial hemp and medical marijuana, with state options for approving or regulating certain aspects of use.