We believe that marijuana should be available to purchase from licensed cannabis growers subject to regulation and taxes

The buying of laced marijuana is far more likely to occur when buying from someone off the street

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Should weed be legal? A CBS poll revealed that 75 percent of Americans think it should. Indeed, many of those polled believe that alcohol is more harmful than marijuana.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse  (NDA), marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Its use is widespread among young people. In 2015, more than 11 million young adults ages 18 to 25 used marijuana in the past year.

Some weed smokers enrich their high by isolating THC-rich resins extracted from the marijuana plant. These extracts come in various forms, such as:

  • hash oil or honey oil—a gooey liquid
  • wax; a soft solid with a texture like lip balm
  • shatter—a hard, amber-colored solid (Source: NDA)

Separating these resins from the plant can in some states increase criminal penalties from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor or felony. It also depends on whether the substance is kept or smoked in a vehicle.

Use of marijuana in the United States has been legalized outright in some states or limited for medical purposes in others—e.g., “medical cannabis” (see map in the link referenced above).

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For years recreational marijuana use has been commonplace in the country. Many states have acknowledged this by enacting laws that make possession of small amounts (e.g., less than 42.5 grams in some states) a petty misdemeanor—the equivalent to a parking ticket.

Through the years, the focus has been on the sale of more substantial amounts and the mixture of cannabis with other mind-altering-chemicals or psychoactive substances. Sometimes the seller of weed attempts to “bulk-up” his supply to generate more weight and profits. The unwitting consumption of laced weed can lead to severe and long-lasting health problems and even death.

The buying of laced marijuana is far more likely to occur when buying from someone off the street. In those states where the use and sale of marijuana are legal, the products are carefully monitored and inspected to prevent the sale of laced weed.

We believe that marijuana should be available to purchase from licensed cannabis growers subject to regulation and taxes. The process to embark in the business should be open to all members of the public, who are not otherwise prohibited from handling or possessing marijuana and the licensees should be determined by a lottery system and process that provides funding and training. The goal must be to keep any individuals or groups from monopolizing or otherwise controlling the process.

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