Last week, Rep. Nancy Mace, who introduced a measure to federally legalize cannabis, revealed that she had used the herb in her youth as a substitute for her depression medication after she was raped. The Republican Congresswoman revealed in an interview on Fox Business that she was raped when she was 16, explaining that the prescribed medications to deal with depression which she’d been given only made her feel worse, which is why she turned to marijuana for help.
Mace asserted that she understood the need to offer access to vulnerable communities, such as military veterans who suffer from various mental health issues including PTSD, because she had experienced the therapeutic benefits of marijuana firsthand. The congresswoman stated that the new bill was especially protective of veterans because it ensured that they weren’t discriminated against and would allow them to use marijuana to manage their post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
Mace shared her story one day after she’d formally filed the measure, called the States Reform Act, which would establish a federal regulatory scheme for cannabis, create a pathway for expungements for individuals with nonviolent cannabis convictions, allow states to make their own decisions about policies concerning marijuana and federally deschedule cannabis. This is in addition to allowing VA physicians to recommend medical marijuana. The measure also stipulates that part of the revenue that states would receive from the 3% excise tax imposed under the measure would be used to fund mental health programs for veterans.
Many see the measure as an alternative to Democratic initiatives to legalize the plant, such as the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (“MORE”) Act, which was approved in September by the House Judiciary Committee.
In the interview, Mace argued that this was a nonpartisan issue, highlighting the strong support from the public for reform. A Gallup poll released earlier this month backs this claim, with its results showing that 68% of adults in the United States supported marijuana legalization. This number comprises both Republicans and Democrats as well as independents.
Despite this support, however, President Joe Biden still opposes the federal legalization of adult-use marijuana but supports legalizing the herb for medical use. He is also keen on letting states enact their own policies.
The South Carolina Republican party, which is the Congresswoman’s home-state party, isn’t supportive of the legalization. Soon after the measure was introduced by Mace, her party released a statement opposing the bill.
The admission by the Congresswoman that cannabis helped her deal with her mental issues after she was raped shows the potential of marijuana to help treat various conditions. Researchers may be able to take advantage of various IoT dose-measuring devices, such as those made by RYAH Group Inc. (CSE: RYAH), as they investigate the best dosages that can trigger the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.
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