The Department of Justice issued guidance in late September on the “legalization” of marijuana and other marijuana-related products.
It called for a variety of measures, from making the drug available in pharmacies and restaurants, to creating a regulated industry, to ending criminal penalties for people who possess small amounts of marijuana.
Marijuana is now the most widely used illegal drug in the United States.
And it’s the main focus of the war on drugs.
The department’s guidance notes that marijuana is still a Schedule I substance, meaning it has no currently accepted medical use.
But it also states that the Department of Health and Human Services, which administers federal drug policies, is considering making marijuana available for “consumption, research, and education purposes” in states where it is legal.
The new guidance, which was issued on October 10, states that states can legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes if it has the potential to be used for research purposes.
The guidance notes it is up to each state to determine whether its medical marijuana laws are sufficient to allow its residents to legally consume marijuana, which could include recreational use.
States are also being encouraged to study medical marijuana, and to look at the long-term effects of cannabis on mental health and other health issues.
And in some cases, the guidance notes, the DOJ is urging states to adopt measures that “promote a more holistic approach to cannabis legalization, including the use of state resources for cannabis research.”