This week, the lower house of the US Congress voted in favor of decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level. This does not mean legalization across the country, but the first step towards ending the senseless and merciless war on drugs that has created more problems than positive results over the decades.
228 representatives voted for decriminalization, 164 voted against. Thus, members of Congress passed an act that would remove federal pressure on states that have already legalized the use and cultivation of marijuana in one form or another. If the bill passes in the Senate, then marijuana will be removed from the drug category. This will not only allow people who have been sent to prisons in connection with cannabis to be released, but will also open up access for full-fledged research, financial transactions and medical distribution throughout the country.
To date, 36 states have legalized marijuana in one form or another, but since it is still on the federal drug list, this poses challenges both in terms of studying the long-term effects of marijuana and the financial performance of companies specializing in products with cannabis.