Yet another day and another senator files a new bill to legalize marijuana with a twist. The bill says that marijuana must be federally legalized and regulated like tobacco. This piece of legislation would remove cannabis from several different acts including the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
The proposed bill ‘’Substance Regulation and Safety Act’’ would remove marijuana from the microscope and focus more on evaluating the risks and medical uses of marijuana. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would be responsible for coming up with proper regulation to test and regulate marijuana just like tobacco. They will also impose quality control standards and also responsible for detecting THC-impaired driving.
The proposed bill states ‘’The descheduling provisions are retroactive and shall apply to any offense committed, case pending, or conviction entered, and, in the case of a juvenile, any offense committed, case pending, or adjudication of juvenile delinquency entered, before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act.
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HHS would have to come up with a national strategy to prevent youth use and abuse of cannabis, with specific attention to youth vaping of cannabis products. Further, the text of the legislation states that the department would be required to “regulate cannabis products in the same manner, and to the same extent,” as it does with tobacco.’’ (Source – Marijuana Moment)
This also includes all the policies regarding the advertisement and marketing of tobacco will also be applied in the case of marijuana products as well.
The bill proposed by Senator Tina Smith was greatly appreciated by the marijuana community and her efforts to cannabis reforms will be remembered. However, with the recent rejection of the Marijuana Legalization Amendment 2020 by the democratic party, chances for federal legalization are quite slim.