Why is the federal government planning to legalize the use of marijuana in the U.S.?
Posted On August 6, 2021
Federal officials are working on a draft of a legalization bill that would grant marijuana use in the United States a legal status that has been in limbo since 1996.
The legislation is still a draft, but it is being drafted in consultation with states, which could then begin to craft the legislation.
“We want to do something for people who want to get high,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., told reporters at a news conference.
“The problem is that the federal prohibition on marijuana is still on the books, and we don’t know what that means for the states, or the people of California.”
It is unclear if the proposal would include a blanket legalization of marijuana for adults 21 and older.
However, it is likely that it would include exceptions for medical conditions, such as glaucoma and HIV/AIDS.
The proposal is being released by the Drug Enforcement Administration under the leadership of Administrator Michele Leonhart, who took office in January.
The DEA currently makes marijuana available for use by those with a physician’s prescription, but medical marijuana use is currently illegal in states where medical marijuana is legal.
The agency is set to make a final decision on the issue at a meeting on Monday.