Usage of marijuana as an illicit drug is rising at an alarming rate in the United States. Marijuana refers to various products including leaves, stems, seeds and flowers derived from Cannabis sativa. It has a serious short term and long terms effects on mind and body. That is why; federal laws are very strict against usage of marijuana in any form.
Some experts suggest that there is a scope for usage of marijuana for medica l purposes but the state government does not find any significant applications of weed in medication. However, the percentage of people that are supporting the legalization of weed in various states is increasing. There are 24 states in the United States that have given certain relaxations in the usage of marijuana within their territories. If you are wondering about the states that have legalized weed, there are 4 states, including Alaska, Colorado, Washington and Oregon that allows usage of Marijuana for all purposes including recreational, medical and industrial purposes.
According to federal Law, cultivation, transportation, sale and possession of cannabis is illegal and punishable under the laws. However, states are given the rights to decriminalize usage of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes within the boundaries of their respective state. Marijuana is put into the category of Schedule I substances in the listing of substances under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This is the highest classification for a substance which itself reveals the nature of this illicit drug. According to Act for Controlled Substances in the United States, any substance that does not have any significant medical usage and presents a high risk of being abused by its users can be categorized as a Schedule I substance. The research on applications of marijuana in medical science and industries is limited because of the restrictions on its production by an individual or group.