California’s legislature has stepped up to the plate in the effort to reclassify cannabis. Last week the California Assembly approved a joint resolution to that effect with a vote of 60 to 10.
State Joint Resolution 5 (SJR 5) states that “The Legislature urges the Congress of the United States to pass a law to reschedule marijuana or cannabis and its derivatives from a Schedule I drug to an alternative schedule, therefore allowing the legal research and development of marijuana or cannabis for medical use.”
Schedule I drugs are those defined as drugs “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse and include heroin, LSD, peyote, Quaalude, ecstasy” and, you guessed it, cannabis.
SJR 5 points out the fact that cannabis has been studied outside of the United States and has been shown to be effective in the treatment of numerous ailments, effectively negating its current classification.
The Resolution also calls for changing federal law to allow for “the legal commerce of marijuana or cannabis so that businesses dealing with marijuana or cannabis can use traditional banks or financial institutions for their banking needs, which would result in providing a legal vehicle for those businesses to pay their taxes.” Most dispensaries currently operate as cash-only, presenting difficulties in paying bills and taxes and making them targets for robberies. Were cannabis to be rescheduled from its current classification, banks would presumably no longer be reluctant to provide financial services to marijuana businesses.
SJR 5 may not be the one measure that leads to the reclassification of cannabis, but it’s one more straw in the bale that may eventually break the back of the camel called prohibition.
The Green Solution® strongly supports the reclassification of a substance we know to be medicinally useful to millions of people, and we’ll keep an eye out for changes in the Federal law governing cannabis.