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Senator Kamala Harris backs Booker’s bill to end federal prohibition of marijuana

05-11-18 Category: Drug Addiction

Senator Kamala Harris backs Booker’s bill to end federal prohibition of marijuana

Despite the growing popularity of marijuana across the United States, people are still being arrested and prosecuted for pot use as the drug is illegal at the federal level. Considering this as a problem, California Senator Kamala Harris on May 10, 2018, announced that she would co-sponsor a bill that proposes to end federal prohibition of cannabis. “Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do. I know this as a former prosecutor and I know it as a senator,” said Harris.

Sponsored by Senator Cory Booker in August 2017, the landmark bill proposes to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, besides incentivizing states through federal funds to change their cannabis laws if they are biased toward the economically weaker section of society or people of color. Senator Harris hopes to do away with federal laws that deem marijuana use and possession as a crime, and plans to create a fund to support communities that have been hit hard by drugs.

So far, four senators, including Harris, have announced their support for the Booker’s bill, also known as the Marijuana Justice Act. In December 2017, Ron Wyden of Oregon was the first senator to co-sponsor the bill. Then, two more senators — Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Bernie Sanders of Vermont — backed the bill in February and April, respectively.

More than half of the U.S. has opted for decriminalization of marijuana in some form or the other. Such a change of perceptions and laws has increased the interest in assessing the medicinal value of the drug. Regardless of its legality, it is important to remember that marijuana use is accompanied by several mental and physical health risks. Also, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug due to high potential for abuse. Although complete legalization of marijuana is on the agenda for many states, unfortunately, advocates for legalization hardly speak of the health hazards associated with weed addiction.

Addiction to marijuana is treatable

Research shows that prolonged use of marijuana can affect several body and brain functions in a considerable way. Besides, it is also known to affect the user’s social as well as professional life. The surge in marijuana addiction rates across the U.S. can be attributed to the ever-growing ease of availability, perceived absence of harm, and the social acceptance of the drug. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 24 million Americans aged 12 or older were current users of marijuana that year. Fighting addiction can be a challenging task, but the secret to sobriety lies in educating people about the dangers of the drug and encouraging them to seek drug abuse help.

Though pot enthusiasts are celebrating their new-found acceptance across the U.S., on the flipside, it comes with a heavy price. Such a mind-altering drug can push users to experiment with other types of hard drugs, leading to several physical and mental disorders. Marijuana is highly addictive and one needs proper medical assistance to come out of its clutches. Help of a recognized addiction treatment clinic can help eradicate drug dependence forever.

When wondering where to start with to seek help for weed addiction, one needn’t look further than Sovereign Health to avail the latest medical care at its reputed marijuana addiction treatment centers. Call at our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our counselor for more information about our residential marijuana addiction treatment programs.

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