One of the biggest obstacles in states where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational adult use is the United States government. Under federal law, marijuana remains classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which continues to have a chilling effect on legal cannabis operations and responsible, law-abiding cannabis consumers.
On this day when legalization is real in Maryland, the National Organization for the Repeal of Marijuana Laws says it’s past time for the feds to de-schedule cannabis and remove the threat of undue federal intrusion in existing state marijuana programs. Such a move, the organization asserts, would respect longstanding US “federalist principles allowing states to serve as ‘laboratories of Democracy.'”