Jwhoever came up with the brilliant idea of getting this bill passed on April Fool should get a standing ovation, it will definitely throw many smokers at first glance. But the United States Congress has truly passed a bill that effectively decriminalizes and legalizes marijuana nationwide at the federal level. The examples given by states like California, Colorado and others are the main reason why this bill was passed. Literally billions of dollars poured into all those states that considered recreational cannabis use legal, prompting Uncle Sam to join the program. Even though purists or conservatives will cry outrage at the congressional decision, this is clearly how the world will maintain its constant state of evolution.
It comes from a country historically replete with narcotics that only three decades ago declared a war on drugs that was unwinnable. In the late 1960s, an incredible 12% only approved of recreational use of the plant. Over time, in the late 90s, this number increased to 50% and describes the changing mood in the world. Just two years ago, a Gallup poll found that 66% of people nationwide thought marijuana should be legal. Things have changed so much over the past 30 years and today marks a historic day for this plant. Repercussions in other countries like Mexico will be inevitable as regulations on how to sell it become clearer.
How many states had legalized weed before April 1, 2022?
But this trend of legalizing weed has been a constant over the past decade, as a total of 18 states already had laws allowing its recreational use and cultivation. Only 20 others had decriminalized or medically legal marijuana. But the Conservatives will keep a small victory as the plant is still considered a Schedule 1 controlled substance by the federal government. What matters most in the recently passed bill is that several past convictions will be re-examined in order to release many people from prison who have been convicted of using, growing or marketing marijuana. . Over 40% of total drug arrests are weed related, this is a major victory for American society. The vote passed 220 in favor and 204 against. This bill is known as the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act.