Marijuana Legalization: Researchers and Activists Rejoice As DEA Ends Mississippi's Medical Marijuana Research Monopoly[VIDEO]By Sarah T., UniversityHerald Reporter
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approved "a 46-year-old policy of classifying marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic with no medicinal properties." DEA lessen the restrictions on the cultivation of marijuana for research purposes.
It will be easier now for the researcher to get access of getting marijuana. After DEA decided to approve a policy, that classifies marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic with no medicinal properties, the University of Mississippi will not be the only legal distributor of cannabis for scientific purposes, according to L.A. Weekly.
There might be an expansion of licensed marijuana growers. If that happens, scientists might not have to wait longer to get their product. Other pros of expanding pot growers is, researchers will have access to different strains of pot, which will help their study to move forward.
Legalizing recreational marijuana has been attempted to push many times. In 1972, it was pushed to be legalized by ballot voting, however, it failed because it was voted down 66% to 33% . In 2010, it was voted down 53% to 46%, L.A. Times reported.
As time passes by, something has changed. Legalizing recreational cannabis has been attempted to push again, and the result shows 55% support for legalization in general, and 60% among likely voters.
Meanwhile, Ottawa Citizen featured the 57-year-old grandmother. Laurie MacEachern, who grows enough medical cannabis. Maybe some growers rejoice with the approval of the new policy, however, this grower shared what she has experienced with this kind of business.
According to MacEachern, buying what she needs from a licensed producer cost her more than her $11,000 pension. Just like the motion-activated alarm and floodlights that she installed- it costs $300 a year.
"I'm anxious to have people understand how easily it can be done," MacEachern said. "The licensed (medical marijuana) producers say it's not like geraniums. ... No, it's more like tomatoes," she added.