Many countries in the world have already legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. In the United States, many areas have already allowed its use despite Federal Law prohibiting it.
Under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, marijuana is categorized as Schedule I substance, no determined medical purpose and has huge abuse possibility because of its psychoactive effects to the body, thereby Federal Law disallowing usage thereof. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved marijuana as medication.
FDA requires large-scale clinical trials to determine the benefits and risks of the plant but no such trials have come about. Nevertheless, states have adopted their own laws and regulations regarding the use, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol
The two main components of marijuana are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC is one of marijuana’s main chemical compounds. It is the compound that yields mind-altering effects to the body and this is what renders people high.
CBD, on the other hand, is reportedly the compound that contains healing properties and it has been proven to successfully treat many common ailments. CBD oil (CBD extract + carrier oil) has been used to treat various health conditions such as stress, anxiety, nausea, cancer symptoms, and gastrointestinal problems, among others.
The healing properties of CBD are what pro-cannabis groups are anchoring their argument on in the discussion of allowing the medical use of marijuana. Marijuana is federally illegal but its CBD compound has been allowed for prescription use.
While the medical use of marijuana is still being argued upon, several states have allowed the use of such for non-medical purposes. It has been decriminalized in 15 states and legalized in 11 states. The controversial move has stirred up mix reactions from doctors, scientists, and policymakers.
People opposing its legalization argue that marijuana usage can cause biochemical changes in the brain which results in drug-seeking behavior that leads to abuse of other kinds of illegal drugs. However, this has no scientific basis and pro-marijuana users argue that scientific studies have proven that the use of marijuana does not cause any adverse effects to users above the age of 25. But like alcohol, driving should be prohibited under the influence of THC as this can inhibit movement, reaction time and can promote sleepiness.
Despite all the opposition, the weed industry has continued to grow in recent years. Commercial distribution of cannabis has grown rapidly. Weed factories, dispensaries, and booths have mushroomed all over the country. According to analysts, it’s not going to slow down any time soon. Based on consumer behavior and with new health benefits discovered in the plant every now and then, it is expected that the market for it will grow. Some experts even believe that the weed industry will eclipse the soda industry in a decade.
Weed in California
One of the 11 states that have legalized the non-medical use of marijuana is California. Since 1972, the state of California led efforts to liberalize the United States of cannabis laws. The movement initially failed but eventually became successful in 1996. California was then the first state to allow medical use of marijuana. Just recently, California allowed the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Visit this site to know more about cannabis in California.
The city of San Diego is one of the cities of California where weed trading is at a high rate. San Diego has adopted its own local laws to regulate the cannabis business in the city. If you are planning to go to San Diego for weed, here are some basic rules you have to familiarize:
- Only 21 years old and older are allowed to use, possess, buy, and grow cannabis.
- You can only purchase cannabis from licensed retail outlets.
- It is prohibited to sell cannabis without a license.
- Cannabis can only be consumed in private properties.
- You can grow your own plant in your property but it should not be visible to the public.
- Driving under the influence of cannabis will subject you to DUI laws.
- Employers can prohibit the use of cannabis. Similarly, landlords can do the same to tenants.
- Cannabis inside the vehicle should be properly sealed and packed.
- You can’t take cannabis across state lines.
The increase in the number of San Diego weed dispensaries in the last year is a sign that the weed industry in the city is growing. This could also mean more employment opportunities in the industry could be available to people.
Although the use of weed has been legalized, it is very important to consume it in moderation. Excessive usage of weed can be detrimental to the body, brain, and overall health. A conclusive study about the benefits and risks of weed is yet to be made, that is why users should use it moderately. It is also imperative to always adhere to rules and regulations in using it or if you are planning to venture into the weed business.