420 with CNW — Decriminalization or Legalization: Understanding the Difference

November 23, 2020 16:25:59

From the early 1970s, the United States has waged an intensive campaign against drugs; the movement has been dubbed the “war on drugs.” Seeking to financially cut off the criminal gangs that supply illicit drugs as well as mitigate the physical harm done by said drugs to users, the government doled out harsh sentences to those caught selling and buying drugs. However, decades later, it is evident that the war on drugs did more harm than good, with the Global Commission on Drug Policy declaring it a failure in a 2011 report.

The past decade has seen attitudes towards certain drugs, especially cannabis, change. On top of increased recreational use, scientific studies have found that the controversial drug has medicinal properties. In the U.S., only 15 states haven’t legalized cannabis in some form, and after the November elections, the chances of the drug being federally decriminalized are quite high. President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris have both stated their support for the decriminalization…


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