Here’s a quick rundown on some recent marijuana news and developments:
Twenty-one states have legalized marijuana for medical use and Colorado and Washington allow recreational use. A dozen other states are currently considering legalizing marijuana in some form.
The DEA continues to classify marijuana as s Schedule I drug, which puts it into the same category as heroin and meth as one of the “most dangerous substances with no currently accepted medical use”
A family of four in Washington State could face years in prison for growing marijuana for medical use (which is legal under state law). Each one of the defendants is a qualified medical marijuana patient under Washington state law, but the feds are charging them with felonies for manufacturing, possessing and distributing marijuana.
The government recently upped the amount of marijuana it grows at the University of Mississippi, claiming it now requires 1,433 pounds of pot a year for “research purposes.”
The head of DEA refuses to support drug sentencing reforms, putting her at odds with Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama Administration. And she’s still in her position because…?
According to a recent article in the Washington Post, farmers in central Mexico have stopped planting pot. The ample availability of marijuana in the United States grown for medical and recreational has made pot farming in Mexico unprofitable. The price for a pound of Mexican marijuana has plummeted 75 percent from $100 per kilogram to less than $25. “I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization,” said one farmer.
A clear majority of Americans (58%) support legalizing marijuana.