The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) has passed a resolution calling on the federal government to reschedule marijuana. The same resolution also reiterates the group’s opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana.
In the resolution, the NSA states that they regard the legalization of cannabis as a threat to public safety and health, but they also have empathy for people who are suffering as a result of debilitating conditions which prompt them to seek medical cannabis.
The sheriffs reaffirmed that they remain opposed to not just state-level legalization but decriminalization as well since these policies haven’t done much to eradicate illicit cannabis sales in the states with decriminalization or legalization policies.
However, the group urged the federal government to move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act in order to make it possible for research to be done into the potential therapeutic applications of marijuana.
The resolution goes on to state that because of statutory and regulatory barriers imposed by the federal government, it hasn’t been possible to obtain any definitive scientific data regarding the therapeutic claims attributed to marijuana. The same barriers have also made it hard to perform research to quantify the cannabis levels which result in impairment.
The sheriffs consequently resolved that marijuana be reclassified to Schedule II so that all the impediments to research are removed.
While the resolution shows that the sheriffs are still opposed to marijuana legalization, their position shows that the organization has undergone a transformation from the last time they voiced their opinion on marijuana in 2015.
Their resolution at that time contained a flat rejection of any form of marijuana legalization, be it medical or recreational. In fact, they urged Congress to do everything possible for the federal government to enforce the Controlled Substances Act.
The recent resolution therefore indicates that the association recognizes, however grudgingly, that marijuana could have some medicinal benefits and they want research to be done to confirm those benefits. This explains why their resolution makes reference to the scheduling of marijuana and yet their 2015 resolution was silent in this regard.
The resolution of the NSA comes at a time when numerous groups and associations, such as attorneys general, banking associations, state governors, and city and local authorities have all passed resolutions or written to Congress urging the federal government to implement marijuana law reforms. Analysts are wondering how industry players like Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) and Net Element Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) will react to the resolution of the NSA.
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